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No blue ink on a resume


I work in a creative field. Can I use blue ink on a resume?


Please, black ink only. I know you want your resume to stand out, but colored inks don't look professional. The best way to make your resume stand out is to ensure that it is obviously targeted to the job you are applying for. If the employer can tell at a glance that you have the key qualifications she is looking for, the resume will practically leap into her hands. So make sure there is plenty of white space to make the resume visually inviting, and use a 12 point font.

While I am at it, please resist colored papers as well. White, ivory, grey and cream are the only colors for a resume.

If you want visual punch, especially in a creative field, you can do it with a portfolio or a prominent link to your website in all your application materials. Here, you have much more leeway to show your flair for color, design and layout.


Karen Chopra

 |  January 20, 2010; 7:22 AM ET  |  Category:  Job Search , Resumes Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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