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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
resume or drafting tools on a paramedic's. In some more conservative
professions (banking, accounting, upper management, etc.) graphics
on a resume 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
resume. 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
Those in more creative industries--the arts,
entertainment, advertising, graphic design--have a license to be
even more creative.
From Designing the Perfect Resume, by Pat Criscito.
Copyright 2000. Reprinted by arrangement with Barron's
Educational Series, Inc.