Terrible resume design can absolutely destroy your prospects of landing a position. In my work as a freelance resume writer, as well as handling human resources for a college library and at a startup, I have seen countless terribly designed resumes – they always end up in the trash.
For most any position that doesn’t place an emphasis on creativity (graphic designers; marketing; social media specialists; etc. being some exceptions), you need to stick to the tried and true – a conventional resume with a standard appearance. Those in creative professions have a lot more leeway with the design of their resume, but even so, a resume should always convey an appearance that signals that you are a serious professional, even if you add a little flare to it.
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