Try Something New: Resume Inspo For The End of 2017


When you think ‘resume’ what words come to mind? Now I could be wrong, but I’m going to guess that the first words you think of aren’t always going to be things like ‘fun’, ‘exciting’, ‘colourful’, or ‘cool’.

Well everyone, I’m here to let you know that resumes can not only be ‘cool’, but they can also provide a fair amount of design inspo! So, without further ado, here are 5 awesome resumes to get you inspired in time for the New Year.

1. Creative and layered

rectangular piece of paper with bullet points and illustrations against a pink background

Combining design elements including illustration, texture, and pattern is a great way to stand out from the crowd in those more creative industries.

2. Clean and simple

resume on white A4 piece of paper with black writing

If you’re trying to design something clean and professional, you don’t need to throw in a ton of design elements and images for your resume to be effective. The use of text and clean space can be really effective, and help your resume stand out from the more stock-standard formats.

3. Graphics and colour

two pieces of paper with black and blue writing no a pink background

Utilising graphs, a simple colour scheme, and a clean layout is a great way to showcase your technical skills and experience in your field. Separating the sections into clearly defined areas is also a good idea, as it helps the reader more easily digest the information being presented.

4. Monochrome

resume on white paper with grey section and black text

Using grey-scale in combination with icons, and a timeline style aspect for setting out your Experience and Education sections is an interesting way to present your skills. Again, the use of clean sections, lines, and simplistic design can be super effective.

5. Illustrations and section divides

black and white resume with applicant photo and flower illustrations in corners

Using clean lines to neatly separate different sections, and standout elements such as illustrations or photos can make an interesting and eye-catching contrast. You could also exclude the images and photo in favour of more simplistic colour blocking or patterned design elements for less creative industries.


So next time you’re updating your resume, think about how your reader (aka the recruiter) will read it, and how you can make it both professional and creative at the same time. As Chandani pointed out on Friday, your application is the first opportunity recruiters have to get to know you so you want to make the best first impression. You’ve got this – go for it!

Featured image courtesy of Unsplash

By Mia Casey

By Mia Casey


Mia is a Sydney-based copywriter and content creator, who ran the UTS Careers Blog for five years since its conception in 2016.
Her freelance work focuses on branding development and helping companies create a cohesive identity narrative tailored for each of their platforms.
She enjoys piña coladas and getting caught in the rain.