Let’s be honest: nothing’s easy in life. Getting a degree isn’t easy, and finding a job isn’t easy either. Unfortunately, we all have to go through this process to achieve something and live a good life. We need to get an education, improve our skills and finally, get hired. Right, get hired. Easy to say, but difficult to do.
What if I told you that you could improve your chances of finding a great job just by creating a unique resume? That’s right! An eye-catching and creative resume is already half of success.
Let me show you how you can create a fantastic resume by yourself, on your laptop, today. I have one word for you: Canva.
What Is Canva?
Canva is a graphic-design tool website, founded in 2012. It has more than 10 million users and over 100 million created designs.
Now, you don’t need to be a professional designer to use it. Canva’s easy drag-and-drop format makes it an excellent tool for designers and non-designers alike. Also, it has some great features, which will help you create anything you want, a cool infographic for your outstanding blog post, creative wallpaper for your desktop, or a fantastic resume.
All you need to do is to create an account on Canva (free of charge), click “Create a Design” in the upper left corner and find a design you want to create – in this case, a “Resume.”
Now, let’s discuss what Canva has to offer as far as creating a resume is concerned, shall we?
Creating a Resume in Canva: The Advantages
Whether you’re a student, a fresh university graduate, a mum of three, a taxi driver, a doctor, a teacher, a programmer, or a shop assistant, Canva will help you create a resume, which will go well with your personality type, experience, and which will highlight your skills. How come? That’s because on Canva you don’t have just a few types of resumes to choose from. There are hundreds.
Thus, here’s the first benefit of creating a resume on Canva:
● Many available layouts.
All resume layouts on Canva are colorful, imaginative, creative, fun, and, above all, eye-catching. That means, your resume can have bright, dark or pastel colors, a little or a lot of text, many or a few images as well as columns, bullet points or charts. Also, since you can choose from hundreds of designs, you can be sure that you’ll find a perfect resume design for yourself that matches your style as well as your personality type.
Now, as you can see on the image above, those resume layouts, which are available for free, are marked as “FREE” in the bottom right corner. However, there are also plenty of layouts, which you can use after making a payment. Those layouts are marked with “$,” also in the bottom right corner once you hover over them with your mouse cursor:
One time use of a paid resume layout costs $1 USD. Once you make a payment, the watermark on the design removes it for you, and you have 24 hours to create your resume.
However, if you don’t want to pay, don’t worry! Scroll the page up and compare the FREE and paid resume layouts. Is there a significant difference between them? Not really, right? Both free, as well as paid resume layouts, are creative and easy on the eyes. Thus, remember, you don’t need to pay to create an outstanding resume on Canva.
● Professional resume samples.
As you might have already noticed, all types of resumes on Canva are filled in. Thus, if you don’t know what to put on a resume, you don’t need to search for ideas all over the Web. All you need to do is to browse between layouts and learn by example:
Next, you click on the images as well as text and change them the way you want. That’s it!
● Easy to use toolbar.
Once you choose a resume layout and click on that text, a toolbar appears. Thanks to that toolbar, you can change the font, its size, and color, alignment, add a list, or make your text bold or italicized. You can also delete images and upload your own from your laptop.
Thus, no matter your skills in design, you will be able to create a resume on Canva without any help. As you can see, it’s easy, effortless and everybody can do it.
● “Download” option.
One of the most significant problems with graphic-design tool websites is that not always they allow you to download what you created. Sometimes you’re allowed to download your work only in one format or can’t download it for free at all.
Fortunately, on Canva, such an issue doesn’t exist. You can not only easily download your design, but also, download it in a few available file types. Take a look at the photo below:
As you can see, Canva allows you to download your resume in JPG, PNG, and PDF (standard and print).
Creating a Resume in Canva: Frequent Problems and Advice
Here are three problems you can have when creating a new design on Canva as well as explanations and helpful advice:
1. How to create a new text box?
One of the problems people face when they try to create a resume on Canva for the first time is not knowing how to create a new text box. Thus, they copy-paste existing text boxes, which can be tricky and so, make you upset. So, before you start experimenting, look at your screen and search for the appropriate button.
Once you investigate your page, you will notice that there’s a much easier way to make a new text box then copy-paste. All you have to do is to look left on the Side Bar and click “Text.” Next, select the option you find most useful, for example, “Add a little bit of body text.” That’s it!
2. Can I change the background?
As far as changing the background is concerned, yes, you can change the background of your resume. All you have to do is to click on “Background” on the Side Bar and select the background you like the most.
Now, there is a small issue, though. Most backgrounds, including those interesting ones, are not available for free. Thus, if you don’t want a background that is simple and one-colour, you need to make a small payment.
Advice? If you don’t want to pay, choose a resume layout with a background that you like.
3. How can I save my resume?
On Canva, you don’t have to save your resume. It’s saved automatically each time you make a change on the page. Thus, you don’t need to worry that your design will disappear.
Ready to Create a New Resume?
Creating a resume on Canva is a beautiful idea when you don’t know how to create an outstanding design by yourself. On Canva, you’ll find hundreds of exciting layouts, all the necessary tools as well as help if you need it.
Thus, what are you waiting for? Create a fantastic resume today! And, remember, be creative!