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Keep in mind that the graphic
should be directly related to your industry. You wouldn't put a world globe on
a waitress's résumé or drafting tools on a paramedic's. In some more
conservative professions (banking, accounting, upper management, etc.) graphics
on a résumé are not recommended, even if they are small and conservative.
By becoming a little more
inventive, you can incorporate scanned letters or figures that reflect your
personality more than the industry. The use of the graphics is fine on a
scannable résumé. The scanning software will ignore your graphics as long as
they don't touch any of the words on the page. However, using a graphic image
as the first initial of your name will cause your name to be spelled wrong in
the electronic database after scanning. Avoid such graphic images that are part
of your name in a scannable résumé.
Those in more creative
industries--the arts, entertainment, advertising, graphic design--have a
license to be even more creative.
Designing the Perfect Resume,by Pat Criscito.
Copyright 2000. Reprinted by arrangement with Barron's Educational