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March 26, 2012

Need a job? Loft Resumes might help

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From swissmiss: "Loft Resumes turns your vanilla-looking resume into a beautifully custom-designed one that stands out from the crowd. Great idea for people who don't have the design skills themselves."

Sometimes it's just a matter of being noticed.

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I beg to differ.. I need to be able to quickly read and understand a resume. And anyone who feels the need to make the layout of their resume scream "look at me" (in my quick judgement) not confident in the content of their resume. I'll find out your personality in an interview, not from a resume layout that you bought for 100 bux.

Now, if it was a position where someone wanted to use their resume as part of their portfolio, well, the fact that they paid for it still makes it a failure.

Posted by: Rocketboy | Mar 29, 2012 12:43:05 AM

As someone that does hiring, it might catch my eye a little quicker and give me a reason to read it instead of not just tossing it the minute I see it.

For the last job I hired, I needed a psych grad that had an understanding of statistics and testing methodology...for something that paid a little over $10 an hour, I had close to 200 resumes. Most got discarded immediately, not because they weren't qualified, but because I had so many more that were far more qualified.

Do I find these resumes a little insulting and self-promoting? Yes. Then again, self-promotion *IS* what a resume is about...once you get past the whole I WANT IT TO BE BORING BECAUSE I'M BORING AND I CAN'T STAND ANYONE THAT ISN'T, you realize that maybe you want someone that can think of things in a different light. Unless all you want them to do is assembly line work.

And a lot of people want this, but won't admit it. If thats what you want, get a virtual assistant in a 3rd world country...you can most likely automate the job for pennies on the dollar.

Posted by: clifyt | Mar 27, 2012 9:48:59 AM

As someone who recently has been going through resumes (yes, places are still hiring), I would have problems not tossing something like that the second I saw it.

Posted by: Rocketboy | Mar 27, 2012 12:02:50 AM

I can't see this being profitable. None of these templates seems professionally appropriate for the field in which I recruit. Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I want the resume content to speak for itself...I'd look sideways at a resume that tried to 'wow' me with colours and graphics. No-one would include a photo on their resume unless they consider themself good-looking - otherwise they wouldn't assume it will assist their application. Is that someone I want in my team?

Posted by: Rockpool | Mar 26, 2012 8:41:51 PM

If this were a free service, I have no doubt that it would take off. But, shelling out 99 bucks for a word template? Nope.

Posted by: joeyjoejoe | Mar 26, 2012 3:02:28 PM

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