50 Shades Of Resume #4: The Old-Timer

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Let’s take a look at Kelly Weihs’ old-timey looking resume.

Kelly’s resume has an old-timey flyer look here, complete with fake aging and retro fonts. It’s a standard resume in many ways, it just is gussied up to look like a post from times gone by. There’s actually some subtle graphical work here to get the look just right, and the more you look, the more details you see.  Take a few minutes to go over this one in detail.

So what are the high points of this old-school yet new-school resume?

  • It’s actually a full resume. Not sure it’ll scan with the fancy fonts, but it’s easily human readable and has everything one would need to show their work history.
  • It varies fonts which adds some visual richness.  A standard font is always nice to use, but varied fonts (and font styles) can be very powerful when used right.
  • The use of a focused color scheme – red, black, and the cream-colored background – lets it call attention to important elements or to make text stand out. It uses colors without overusing them, and gives the resume a coherent color theme.
  • The use of colors to make things stand out deserves it’s own separate mention. This is a very powerful way to guide the viewer’s eye.
  • It’s got a retro charm which also stands out – as opposed to looking high tech the high technology is used to make something look old. That’s a clever show of talent without being blatant.
  • It’s surprisingly condensed. The use of side-by-side, different font sizes, etc. helps get a lot of information in there.
  • The mention of activities and interests is important, and the little red blurb on loving history adds a personal touch.

A few things I’d do:

  • The use of different font sizes may be overdone. It gets a bit distracting and some may be too small, others (like the Education heading) are too large
  • I actually think the resume could use a different order – I’m big on skills, then work experience, then education.
  • I’d put Work For Hire as part of Work Experience.

Steve’s Summary: If I got this resume, I’d be pleased. It shows skills and creativity while communicating information. The whimsy also gives me a good sense of the person’s personality and interests – they like history and they made this look historical.

[“50 Shades of Resume” is an analysis of various interesting resumes to celebrate the launch of the second edition of my book “Fan To Pro” and to give our readers inspiration for their own unique creations.]

– Steven Savage