I’m a doodler, a mind mapper, and a bullet journaler. These three traits are facts that might, might make it onto a bulleted list of “interests” near the end of a standard resume, but I’m far from standard- so when sold my company in 2015 and took the leap into new adventures, these skills took center stage on my c.v.
In this competitive workforce, visual thinking is a marketable resource- so if you’re a visual thinker, let your c.v. or resume demonstrate that from the start. In this post I’ll demonstrate how I blended my hand-drawn doodles and mind maps with Adobe Photoshop to create a playful but professional resume for my career change. This tutorial uses Photoshop but I’ve also used a similar method with Microsoft Publisher- search my site for “Publisher” to locate that tutorial.
I began by hand-drawing visual elements I wanted to include on my resume:
Then I scanned my doodle and adjusted levels to create images without backgrounds. The “curves” tool in Photoshop is helpful, as I demonstrate below, using another hand drawn image. This S-curve seems to be effective in making dark lines bolder while fading background.
After Photoshop adjustments, I would layer hand drawn lines over scans of markers or watercolors and produce usable background elements like these below. I liked the playfulness of the not-quite perfectly in the lines look, for the feel I wanted for my CV.
After scanning and building, via layers, my background element and layout, I began to use the banners, frames, shapes, dividers, and headers I’d doodled to finalize my doodle. Interspersed with these creative design elements (and some English major humor!) I added the bones of my resume: work history, educational background, previous projects, etc.
Here’s the final product, my doodle-inspired mind-mapped visual thinking resume. I don’t love the mind map, it came as a filler in the final hours before my c.v. was due to my grad school’s admissions team, but overall I’m thrilled with the result: