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John Smith's picture
Joined: 18 Jan 2012 - 2:24am
How does my resume look?

This is my first attempt at a "designed" resume. The fonts are Electra and Trade Gothic. Please, be brutally honest!

*The site seems to be having problems with my upload; here is a link to the PDF:

Thanks for the help!

Joshua Langman's picture
Joined: 14 Nov 2010 - 12:22am

Hmmmm …

Not bad. Really, not bad. But:

First of all, what are you trying to say about you? Do Electra and Trade Gothic say it? Does your layout say it?

I would want to see, right under your name, a description of what you do: John Smith, graphic designer.

Too much internal white space. Try moving the date column closer to the text column, maybe flush right.

Trade Gothic with crazy Caslon ital style ampersand works for Barnes and Noble; not working here

Where's your focal point? Not sure what path my eye is supposed to follow.

Why the wavy underlines? Don't match anything else.

Nitpicking: "@" in e-mail is too high (the a part sits on the baseline); ditch parens and add hyphen in phone number — area code isn't optional anymore; what's wrong with the letterspacing in paragraph under "design intern"?; York comma PA no comma 18104; what's "Word/ Office"?

Make the important things stand out. The headings are not important; your experience is.

Bullet points aren't sentences. Don't design them like they are.

Overall, it's just a bit bland. But keep working on it!

Craig Eliason's picture
Joined: 19 Mar 2004 - 1:44pm

I wonder if that serif font is a little slight here.