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An update on the colored resume dilemma

In the days before the career fair, I was seriously contemplating whether or not I wanted to bring some colored resume’s to give to the big organizations. In the end I decided against it, but I did wonder what the reactions would be. I took action and asked a few of the different representatives at various organizations how they would react upon receiving a colored resume. The results were mixed.

One representative said that it would make a good conversational piece and be a great way to start talking. It also shows personality. If you have a good elevator speech down pat that you can bring into play upon handing the rep a colored resume, then do it!

It would be pointless to mail in a colored resume, however, which was another response. I had no intentions of doing this, but it is a good point to address. The colored resume is only effective (if at all) in a big crowd. If a person at any job receives one single resume in the mail that is lime green, they are going to think it is a joke. There is no need to do that, as they are not receiving hundreds at a time.

The responses by the people I talked to were different. Some would be interested, others thought it would be silly. It comes down to the person who you are talking to and their personal view on the issue. Everyone is going to have a different take on it. Also, it seems that it would be more effective on younger representatives and employers, as (no offense to the older generations) they seem to be more open minded towards different things.

If you have the ability to support your case after handing the resume in, then by all means go for it. If you just hand in a green resume and can’t articulate your reason for doing so or how it can translate into your ability to work for that company, then it probably isn’t a good idea to do so. The prime place to do so would probably be at a career fair.

I have to say I wish I had tried it out, however, there is no use in dwelling on the past. Next career fair, depending on the setting, the companies present, and my need for a job, might be different!

What do you think about the idea? Give some feedback in the Comment section.

I think this might start a trend. You heard it here first.


  1. April 12, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Great read, I’ll stick to my plan paper resume!

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