50 Shades Of Resume #16: The Colorful And Simple

Resume 16

Faratiana is a creative person to judge by her many works, but it’s her resume that got my attention. At first glance the colors stand out – but then as you look at it you see how there’s both clever and effective design and a lot of information, all delivered with precision.

Here’s what stands out to me:

  • The skill section is clever. Each color calls attention to a different skill, and the “rating system” tells you how good she is. There’s many ways this could be used on resumes, but the basic idea is whimsical, colorful, – and effective.
  • The colorful “stars” detailing each separate section also call attention to them – without being garish or overdone. This is a good use of bright colors effectively.
  • Every use of color here has an atypical shape – no squares or circles. That further draws attention.
  • Note that the elements of the resume reinforce each other – the star at the top is made of colorful “teardrops” – which in turn are reflected in the skills. The “star” itself is reflected in the single-color stars later in the resume. This adds a consistent design – and shows great thought.
  • It’s a nicely complete resume. It’s all here.
  • The use of different text colors is a useful choice for adding detail and hitting high points. It works well with the use of color.

I have a few critiques:

  • There’s a bit too much white space, It could be a bit fuller.
  • The light-colored fonts are just a bit too light colored and look washed out. In addition, some of the smaller fonts are a bit too small.
  • The use of the white colors in the “skill tears” is good, but a bold may work as they don’t quite carry.
  • A photo of the artist *might* work here to further personalize it.  It might need to be black and white or colorized to fit properly

Overall I’m very fond of this resume, as it’s another one that manages to be a “standard” resume while being creative, and it uses interesting ways to communicate skills – in this case an unusual skill list and a rating system. Finally, it feels very professional.

Steve’s Summary: If I saw this it immediately gets my attention – and then as I look at it I see more detail. I feel I can “get” the creator very easy, and it shows an extremely professional level of work.

["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

50 Shades Of Resume #15: The History Chart

Resume 15

Greg Dizzia loves a good graph at a level that I almost envy – I might need to try to convert this guy to a career in Project Management. This is just one of his charts, he has others up at Deviant Art.

In this case he mapped the history of his career in one chart. Mixing color coding, timelines, and icons, it’s a mindbendingly dense summary of, well, his career. As a devotee of good info graphics and charts, it’s a bit overwhelming in a delightful way. Ok, delightful to me and people like me.

When you dig deep into what he created, these lessons stand out:

  • This shows a sense of organization – yes, that’s obvious, but that’s not something easily communicated in a resume. Greg really thought this thing through, and tells me he’d probably be easy to work with organization-wise.
  • It communicates a serious love of graphs and designs – as does his other work. It shows not just a sense of organization but serious skills.
  • It says a lot. You can, if you break it down, really get a deep idea of what he did, learned, and what skills he employed.
  • The use of icons is very effective – something I’d like to see more of, and something I’m noticing more of in resumes.
  • It’s visually very appealing. These are good color choices.

Now there’s limits to this:

  • It’s not a traditional or scannable resume. It’d probably have to be paired with a more traditional one.
  • If a person doesn’t take the time to look into it, they won’t really get anything out of it – it’s not a resume to hand to someone for casual viewing.
  • It is impersonal – it says a few things about him, but there’s no sense of “person.” A picture may help out – or an illustration.
  • It’s a testimony to his skills, but it showcases only a few of his skills, and thus needs supplements.
  • Some people might find it overly showy.

I think that this resume and others may be good in a portfolio, supplemented with a regular resume. He might even be able to create a whimsical “graph series” for display – since he apparently loves doing them – and that might be an idea for you, dear reader, to consider.

Steve’s Summary: Hand me this resume and, beyond my deep envy of his charting skills, it’d be a clear testimony to a very organized person that knows how to do specific graphic design. I’d want to see a regular resume and a larger portfolio though.

["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

50 Shades Of Resume #14: The Google-Alike

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Chris Liu is someone you might search for online if you were looking for a creative person. He’s one-upped that and made a resume last year that looks like a Google Search. He’s even got his own logo variant. It’s one of those web pages where you have to go “wait, what” and then you realize what it is.

Of course I had to analyze this.

Chris’ resume has some standout traits:

  • It’s close enough to a past Google search that the shock is kind of impressive – when you realize what it is, it’s a tad jarring. That’s pretty clever – it’s a “finisher” move without having to have an interview.
  • It shows serious attention to detail to get this to look right. That’s testimony to personal traits and skills without having to actually say anything.
  • His use of the “search results” to show all sorts of different things, from his blog to his LinkedIn profile is clever and shows a lot of diverse things people can look at.
  • The inclusion of various photos of himself is good for establishing some personality – as if duplicating Google results doesn’t say enough.

There’s a few limits on this resume:

  • It’s so close a Google search that you might not “get it” right away, and the minimalism is a bit too minimal.
  • It’s going to be a total pain to update.
  • I’d have a regular resume easily noted, visible, and available for download.
  • His “personal info box” should have more skills in it – it undersells him.
  • There are “blank” links that could probably be replaced with actual links.

Steve’s Summary: If an applicant pointed me to this resume, I’d like the cleverness and the varied links – if I’m interested in them, it lets me know them better. I’d definitely want a standard resume easily available.

["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

50 Shades Of Resume #13: The Simple And Classy

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Krissy Marheine’s resume is almost surprisingly simple for a graphic designer – it looks more like a minimalist piece of modern art than a resume. It’s simple, almost soothingly so – almost a contrast to busier and denser resumes. It’s extremely professional, but not the kind that yells out how much the author can do – it’s restraint speaks volume.

Looking it over, theres are the high points and lessons learned:

  • The red band is brilliant. It’s simple, but really adds a nice divider for content and draws the eye to the center of the resume – and the creator’s name.
  • The use of the cream/parchment background is a good choice, it keeps the red from looking to garish.
  • Despite being artistic and creative, it’s a resume that should be scannable and is quite readable.
  • The restraint of the resume, mixing the creative and the practical, really stands out and speaks well of the reactor.
  • The use of different text color and font sizes is nice and effective, creating a sense of division without being overly aggressive.

There are issues with the resume, but they’re comparatively minor:

  • Too much blank space – I think a somewhat larger font would fill the space nicely. Not too much.
  • I’d make the artists name larger to make it stand out, though that might require expanding the middle line or altering how the name is presented.
  • I’d like to see more skills listed, I think it undersells her.
  • The contact information might be better at the top.
  • I’d like some personal details, like hobbies and so forth. The minimalism of the resume is great, but it may not convey a sense of personality.
  • The minimal design may or may not give a full sense of her skills because it is a deliberately limited design. Breadth of skills needs to be shown appropriately – if paired with a portfolio that was wild and crazy it might contrast oddly.

This is also another resume that could be “themed” with a portfolio and web page of similar design. It’d be easy to implement a similar theme in the various components of job search and personal branding – if a bit tough to update.

A good, solid resume.

Steve’s Summary: If this resume got handed to me, I’d be impressed – effective, creative, clear, precise. A lot of thought went into it, and that tells me this might be someone I’d think of interviewing.

["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

Lost in Translation – News Round Up

A change of plans this week.  I’ve been holding on to some items too long and I realized that I hadn’t had a round up last month.  On with the show!

A Game of Thrones, the Movie
With the TV series catching up to George R.R. Martin’s writing, something needs to be done.  One potential fix, feature-length movies.  The movies would be prequels, set 90 years prior to the start of the books.  This should give Martin the time to finish or at least pad out the series long enough to prevent the TV series from overtaking.

Jem and the Holograms to get film treatment.
Truly outrageous!  The movie has a webpage set up where fans can make suggestions on plot and casting and submit audition video.  However, Christy Marx, the creator of the original series, is not involved.  How this will affect the movie remains to be seen.

No more Inspector Morse adaptations?
Creator Colin Dexter has added a clause in his will that will prevent other actors from playing Inspector Morse.  He feels that the performances of both John Thaw and Shaun Evans cannot be surpassed.  The clause can be challenged, but it is likely that Dexter’s estate will agree with him.

Left Behind movie series to be rebooted.
Nicholas Cage will star in the remake of the adaptation of the first of the Left Behind books.  Release date has been announced for October 3.  The first adaptation was by Kirk Cameron in 2000, with the sequels released direct-to-video.

Fox to spin-off a Mystique movie while Sony does the same with the Sinister Six.
While Marvel Studios is busy with the Avengers, the licensees aren’t content to be left in the dust.  Fox has plans for a Mystique movie to go along with the Wolverine series.  Over at Sony, the Sinister Six, Spider-foes each and every one of them, has signed on director Drew Goddard.  The movies mean that Marvel will have more characters on screen than rival DC Comics, despite the latter’s owner, Warner, having not licensed any character to another studio.

New Sailor Moon series to debut July, broadcast includes Internet streaming.
The Pretty Soldier-Sailor is returning and can be seen through Niconico Douga, a video streaming site similar to YouTube.  An account will be needed to watch but the new Sailor Moon will be available internationally.  The build up has been kept low, with very little hype to create expectations.

Cracked.com lists the five adaptations that are overdone.
Beyond just naming, Cracked looks at why the movies don’t work well.  The key appears to be the creativity ends with the original idea and doesn’t continue through the actual production.

Mrs. Doubtfire sequel being written.
Chris Columbus, the director of the original, has been signed, as has Mrs. Doubtfire himself, Robin Williams.  The original movie hit theatres in 1993, and a sequel was attempted in 2001 but never got past pre-production.  Given the age of the original movie, it may be Williams’ name that proves to be the draw.

Princess Jellyfish to get live-action adaptation.
The manga Princess Jellyfish, aka Kuragame Hime, will be getting the live-action treatement.  The official site is now up.  Release date is December, 2014.

Way With Worlds: Worldbuilding With Real Religions

Temple Japan Religion

[Way With Worlds appears at Seventh SanctumMuseHack, and Ongoing Worlds]

So you’re world building, but the world is basically like ours, or like a given historical place and time. You’d start building religions, but . . . you’re dealing with real religions that people practice and live right now (or the ancestors or descendants of those religions). You’re not so much creating them, but asking where they fit into your setting, what’s “real” and what you have to write.

There’s more “about” than “building.”  Sounds easy, right?  Not when you realize that when it comes to religion you have to . . .

  1. Treat as a functioning part of your setting.
  2. Know what you’re writing about.
  3. Write/describe/handle it in a realistic way (or a way that seems realistic).
  4. Deal with annoying people.

So you’ve got to design your “real” world, but also deal with ‘real” religions.  How do you handle these challenges?

Let’s address them one by one . . . Continue reading