50 Shades Of Resume #6: The Inverted

Resume 6

Morgan‘s resume here turns the usual color scheme around quite literally. It’s white on black not black on white as opposed to the usual color scheme. It’s interesting to see how that changes how you see the resume because in many ways it’s a standard resume with some twists.

So let’s take a look at what it’s got going for it.

  • First of all, the inverted look aside, this is a standard resume. Not sure it’s scannable, but it’s completely usable as a regular resume.
  • Because it’s usable as a regular resume and it’s creative, it’s a double-win. This shows both artistic skill and provides the usual resume information.  This resume actually walks the line of “creative” and “contains all the boring detail” very well.
  • The use of the artist’s picture is a nice, personalizing touch. In fact I think it’s needed as the resume would be very impersonal otherwise.
  • Putting the artist’s picture in black and white works well with the color scheme, and maintains the theme – it’s also a good choice of picture with the wintry background.
  • There nice use of different font sizes to make sections stand out without overdoing it.
  • It’s another case of managing to get everything on one page, which is hard.

As for possible changes:

  • I’m not sure if it’s scannable due to the inversion – but at the same time you loose the impact if you change it. I’d frankly risk it.
  • The “dashes” around the skills may not be needed, but they might work better with some kind of classification system or being in alphabetical order.
  • I don’t think the italics work.
  • She uses some stock images in the background to keep the black from being totally black. Not sure if they’re needed or if they help.

One additional suggestion, just for kicks – this resume has a bit of a “wintry” theme.  It’d be interesting to see other resumes using various limited color schemes do other themes.

Steve’s Summary: If I got this resume, I’d pay attention. It shows subtlety, tells me about the person, and is businesslike while displaying creativity.  There’s something here I should pay attention to.

[“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