Resumes are no longer the printed piece of paper glorifying the job applicant in front of the hiring manager. Nowadays, you need more than just information to get attention, specifically when you come from the creative field. When hiring a creative, managers look for creativity and innovative ideas rather than just experience and authority.
Creating a well-designed comic strip resume may be just the right thing to convince the managers of your creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. And don’t worry, creating a comic strip resume is not as hard as you think. Just follow the following steps to create your own comic strip resume.
1. Organise your information
You first need to decide the information you want to put onto the comic. This information should construct a positive image of you in front of your prospective employee. Ideally, a resume consists of your objective, personal details, education, experience, references and skills. But you may not be able to put a lot of information in a comic strip resume since the idea is to get attention and stuff the creativity with a lot of much information. Make sure all information you put in the resume is concise and crisp. You can use bullet points instead of entire sentences to cut down the word count and focus on the design.
2. Choose your style
Different comic book artists use different styles in their comics. The minimalist style of Peanuts is quite different from the action-oriented style used by Marvel comics. You need to decide on your style. It would be ideal if you chose a style that you are comfortable with and reflects on your own personality.
3. Select your style elements
Once you have selected the style, you need to choose the right elements. Every design style is composed of certain elements that make it distinct from other design pieces. These elements include fonts, colors illustration style, and language style. For instance, Marvel comics use a lot of red, blue, black and yellow. Their characters often bleed out of the panels. Sound effects are written outside the speech bubbles and the characters are physically larger than life. Similarly, Archie comics employ different elements. When selecting style elements, you need to go through a few comic strips of your intended style in order to get the right elements.
4. Choosing a layout and a template
Once you have selected your style and elements, the next step is to choose the right layout and template. Do you want the layout to be horizontal or vertical? I would suggest a horizontal layout since it is easier for the intended audience.
You also need to decide on the size of your resume sheet. An A4 size sheet works best since it is printer friendly and easier to handle for everyone including the hiring manager. For a template, study comic strips to observe the way they divide the panels. Panels are usually not evenly distributed, and this adds more vitality to the comic strip piece. You can divide your resume into sections through the use of these panels.
5. Designing the resume
Here I would suggest that you take out your pencils and papers and get your hands a little dirty. Good designers do not start on Photoshop but rather on an unexciting piece of white paper. Take an A4 size paper and create the lines and shapes you intend. Draw a rough sketch before itching towards your computer. Once you are done with that, use Photoshop or InDesign to create the final piece.
6. Proofreading and Printing
I cannot stress more on the importance of this step. Always, and always before submitting your resume, proofread the entire paper. You may not be applying for the job of a content writer, but an error-free copy shows professionalism and an attention to detail.
If your proofreading skills are not top of the mark, then ask a friend to do that. And while you are at it, get critical feedback from the friend. Once done, get a number of printouts of your resume. But do not forget to keep a digital copy of the resume securely saved on your computer.
Now let’s get started with your comic strip resume. Also, there are numerous other creative styles for constructing a resume.
What creative styles of resume have you tried?