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How to Create a Professional Resume in Photoshop

Amid trade wars and political turmoil, the United States labor industry continues to look good compared to recent years based on a current Employment Situation Report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). While other industries are still trying to make up for the profit losses of the Great Recession, the American workforce, in general, is performing well.

The US unemployment rate remains at 3.6 percent and the job market is on a rise in professional and business services and in health care. For anyone who wants to land their dream job or something closer, now is the time to claim your share of the employment market's generous opportunities by creating a professional resume that nails first impressions.

1. Use A Clean Format

You may have excellent writing or communication skills but if the information in your resume is cluttered or not legible enough, it's not going to get noticed. Remember that companies, especially big ones, receive dozens or even hundreds of resumes, cover letters, and other documents for job applications every day. Properly format your resume using standard formatting rules.

2. Be Creative

If you're a web or graphic designer, you can add some creative flair to your resume by formatting it in Adobe Photoshop. Choose a clean font for your headings and highlight work experience by using bold and italics. This isn't your high school resume writing homework. And you're not in college class anymore, so the standard resume would be very predictable and one-dimensional for the recruitment panel. It is very important to make your resume as visually appealing as it is legible and organized especially if you're applying for a fairly sophisticated job or a position that demands creative skillset.

3. Write Your Job Qualifications

Add a column or section for your professional qualifications and previous job descriptions. Write it down in a way that sells your skills, experience in the field and your expertise but never misleads the reader. Everything on your resume should be facts. Your future employer can always do a background check and when they find out that something doesn't add up, any slight chance of getting a job will fly out the window.

4. Include Relevant Volunteer Work

Businesses and different organizations have a social and moral responsibility to give back to the community. If you have done a fair amount of volunteering, write them down in your one-page or two-page resume. Volunteer work serves as merits to an individual applying for a job. If your volunteer work role is relevant to the position, then it also counts as work experience. It is also helpful to list down the causes you've been supporting especially of the company partners with the nonprofits you have worked with or volunteered for.

5. Proofread and Edit

Your resume may not be a one-way ticket to your dream job but if you can't nail a resume, you may not be considered for the job. It's your first step in the hiring process. You won't be able to make it to the next phase and you probably won't receive a callback if your future employer sees even the smallest grammatical or typo error. Whether you are making a senior or a beginner resume, it should be as ruthlessly organized and well-written as your desire to win that job.