Should you use graphics of any kind on your resume? A photo? Line art? Text Boxes? Decorative flourishes of any kind?
I’m not one who likes to see graphics of any kind on a resume. There are many reasons, but on a very practical note, jobhunters need to recognize that resumes are input on large-scale into a whole variety of applicant tracking systems (ATS) by recruiters and HR departments. Sometimes, they just turn the resume into a searchable PDF, but often the format is changed, and information extracted to fill a variety of field in the corporate database. In the process, information is sometimes not interpreted correctly, or the resume comes out looking terrible – just the opposite of the candidate’s intent.
The standard in the recruiting industry is to strongly discourage graphics in resumes. A new article just published on recruiter.com is taking another tack on the issue. Read it, and see what you think: http://bit.ly/eUQTks . It does the best possible job of explaining why, in some cases, some graphics might be effective. And, it does a great job of outlining the traditional rationales offered on why graphics of any kind are frowned upon.
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