50 Shades Of Resume #35: The Personal Touch

Resume 35

Clifton Roberts would like to introduce himself – and that’s just what his resume does. In fact it opens up with a friendly greeting coming from a picture of himself. It’s a resume that starts right off with the personal touch – and there’s more when you look into it.

It’s a straightforward resume, but there’s little touches and quite a few lessons:

  • The introduction and his “speaking picture” is a great lead in. It makes a personal connection right off the bat.
  • There’s a good unified color scheme.
  • I like how he uses a all cap bold red font for “leads” for each paragraph. it gets attention and makes the resume more visually interesting.
  • Having art of himself (combined with an abstract picture is another way to show his skill.
  • He leads off with skills – but also does something different, working icons representing his software knowledge separately in the “portrait” piece. That’s a different approach, and might be something to consider for other resumes.
  • Skill section also shows a lot of detail.
  • He’s also put a lot of detail into his experience section by using a paragraph approach. Not always something I do, but it works well here.
  • Finally, it’s nicely restrained. It’s precise, not overdone, and effective.

Now a few things I might change:

  • The contact information is a bit dull. I think another speech balloon may be order.
  • He breaks with his red-then-black paragraph structure in his Personal information section. I’d go back to that.
  • The references are probably not needed.

Overall, a well-done resume. Personal, gives you the right information, and has an interesting way to “double display” skills.

Steve’s Summary: A good resume, the kind I’d be glad to see. Professional, clever, and effective, without overdoing it.

[“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