Using Color in Your Resume

Ideas for making an attractive, eye-catching document

By Natalie Winzer, iHire
Set of open paint cans showing several bright colors

As a job seeker, you are a book being judged by its cover. Beyond choices in typeface, spacing, and layout, you can also utilize color in your resume to add a little something extra.

Not sure what color(s) to use? Microsoft Word 2010 offers a nice selection of theme colors in various shades that complement each other. You can also select your own custom color, but be sure to note the RGB so you can reference it later. Keep in mind — regardless of what color you choose, your resume must be inviting to read (don't use bright yellows or light greens that are hard on the eye).

While you're experimenting with ways to include color and design elements in your resume, remember — there is such a thing as too much: "When accessorizing, always take off the last thing you put on." – Coco Chanel

Here are a few ways to incorporate color into various sections of your resume:


Example of how to use shading in a resume                                                                


Resume examples with several different font choices                                                                 


Example of how to utilize bullets in a resume                                                                


Example of how to use lines and borders in a resume                                                                


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