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13 Lessons (48m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Project

    • 3. Resume Design Principles

    • 4. Purpose of a Resume

    • 5. Publisher Interface

    • 6. Sketching

    • 7. Adding Text

    • 8. Text Styles

    • 9. Bullet Points

    • 10. Header

    • 11. Adding Lines

    • 12. Adding Color

    • 13. Next Steps

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Resumes are critical documents in the process of getting jobs, applying for scholarships, and getting in to graduate school. But, many people are never taught how to make a resume so they are stuck using boring, overused templates in Microsoft Word. There is a better way and a better tool. In this class we will learn important principles of resume design to help you stand out from the crowd, and we will learn how to use Affinity Publisher to design your resume. We will learn important skills like how to use text styles, how to add lines to divide up your resume, and if you should use color in your resume. Get ready, because this is going to be a fun class.

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Ben Nielsen

Good design is the beginning of learning


I am passionate about good design and good teaching. I believe that anyone can learn simple design principles and tools that can help them create content that is both beautiful and functional.


Background: I am a media designer and librarian. My masters degree is in instructional design with an emphasis on informal learning.


Motto: Good design is the beginning of learning.

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to this course on creating your resume in Affinity Publisher. My name is Ben Nielsen and I'll be your instructor for this course. I'm immediate design educator with over six years of experience teaching design both in-person and online. I hope that you will get a lot out of taking this course. You know, I look at a lot of resumes every year, particularly for young people who are just entering the workplace or are in college. And I see a lot of mistakes that are being made. So I thought I'd put together this class and teach you how to create a great resume. And one of the ways to create a better resume is to stop using Microsoft Word or Google Docs to try and make that resume because they're very limited in what they can do from a design perspective. So in this class we're gonna be using Affinity Publisher program that's made for document design. So there'll be a lot of things that we can do that either we couldn't do in Microsoft Word or that would be really difficult to do there. The other thing is a lot of people just don't seem to know the basic principles of resume design because it seems like they're not really teaching that in high schools and not even that often in colleges anymore. So we're going to go over some of the basic principles that you need to know no matter what program you're going to use to design it, so that you can make sure that you don't make mistakes that are going to cost you an interview and possibly a job. So I hope you're excited to come along with me on this journey and learn to create your resume. Affinity Publisher on the iPad. I do have a lot of other courses here on Skillshare. And if you aren't familiar with the basic design principles, we will be referring to those throughout this course. So you may want to take a moment to go ahead and take my free courses on the basic design principles as well. They're not very long and they'll get you up to speed. You can find those on my profile. Remember that you can always reach out to me through the discussion tab if you have any questions about the course content. And in the next video we'll talk about the project for the course. And of course, I'm happy to get feedback on those as well. 2. Project: The project for this course will be to create a resume. Now, as we'll learn throughout this course, every resume should have a purpose that it's being designed for it. So go ahead and either select a job that you are actually applying for or a school that you're applying for that you would be using this resume for or just like something that interests you, a job posting that you find online or something like that so that you can really make this resume tailored. When you post your resume, please go ahead and tell us what you would be using it to apply for and why you chose to include the things you've chose to include on it. We'll be talking about how we make those choices down the road. So if that sounds confusing right now, don't worry about it, but do remember that your resume should be one page long, which we'll talk about in the next video, and should include irrelevant mix of both gills and education and volunteer activities depending on what you're applying for, those will change, but make sure that it's relevant to the thing that you're applying for. Also make sure that you're using Affinity Publisher to apply good design principles to your design so that your resume looks clean, is easily read, and he's clear to the recruiter who's viewing it, please do make sure that you go ahead and submit the resume when you finish this course, as long as you're following along with me and doing the assignments after each video at the end of the course, you should have a resume that's ready to submit to the project section for this course. And of course, I'm happy to give feedback on those resumes as well, which can really help you to improve your resume even further. Okay, in the next video, we're going to go ahead and we're going to talk about some resume design principle. Hi. 3. Resume Design Principles: Okay, So after that project video and my fellow confused about what you needed to do. So let's go over some of the principles that you need to know in order to create a resume. The first thing that you need to know in order to create a resume is that it must be only one page. Many systems will auto reject resumes with multiple pages. And even if it's not rejected, most recruiters will not look past the first page of a resume when they're looking at. So please remember this. Chances are if your resume's going over one page, you're including things that are not relevant to the position that you are applying for, things that are too far back in your past or just aren't related to the position you're applying for. Go ahead and trim those. The design process is often one of eliminating things. So as you design this document, think about that and trim out the things that you don't need. For example, if you're graduating college, you probably don't need your high-school jobs on your resume anymore because they're fading from relevancy unless they contain specific skills that are relevant to the job you're applying for. And you don't have examples of experiences from that while you were in college. So you always have to make these decisions based on relevancy, but also make sure you're limiting it to just one page. Okay. I've already talked about relevancy quite a bit, but I want to just hammer this point home. The thing that matters on the resume is relevancy to the job you're applying for. You don't just make a resume once and then submit that to every job, because every job will be a little bit different. If the jobs are similar, you might use a very similar resume for them, but you want to craft each resume. You want to design it for the job that you are applying for. So you wanna make sure that you are looking at each thing critically and saying, well, does this represent relevant skills to the job that I'm applying for? This is true for your work experience, your education, your volunteer experience, all of that stuff. So make sure that things are relevant. A good example of things not being relevant is something like an award maybe that you've got in high school. And now it's been several years since that happened. And it's not relevant. Maybe it was an award in math and you're applying for a job in the creative arts, something like that. It's just not going to be relevant to what you're doing. And it's so far back in the past that is not really useful. This is true also of volunteer experience. Remember that you can often take an experience and craft the way that you describe it to the job that you're applying for. So we'll talk more about this when we're adding text to our resume. But often on resumes we get a little bit too literal about them and say we are a dishwasher and we just put on there, I wash dishes. We don't take the time to think through that experience and say, I was able to handle a large volume of work in a short period of time while under adverse circumstances, you've got a craft it to the job that you're applying for, because that ability of persistence may be very important to the job, while the actual skill of washing dishes might not be. So always be thinking about ways that you were able to be a leader in the job or that you were able to improve the job processes. Because then even if the job doesn't directly relate to what you're applying for, you can still make it relate. And that's especially true for people who don't have a very filled out resume yet. If you've only had a few jobs, you really want to think about that and crafted for people who have a really filled out resume and lots of jobs. You want to really think about trimming it down, cutting it down to just those jobs, those experiences, and that education that's most relevant. The next thing that I want to talk about is being unique. You want to make sure that your resume expresses you and your fit for the job. And that's really important. It needs to be both those things. It needs to be you and it needs to be your fit for the job. And it should be unique. If your resume looks just like everyone else's, then you are just as likely as anyone else to be called back for an interview. And that's not what we want. We want you to be more likely to get the interview than everyone else. So you've got to craft your resume to be unique, to really showcase who you are and what makes you special. And it should look unique and a stack of resumes, it should not look the same as everyone else's last thing that I want to talk about it It's a layout thing. Recruiters. Oh, and look at the top left of the page. Most often in a Western society because we are used to reading from left to right and top to bottom. So the bottom right-hand corner is the place where the least amount of attention will be given. And that means that you should put the least important information there because you don't want to bury the really important information, that thing that will make them say, Oh, we should interview this guy down in the bottom right-hand corner because they might never see it. You want to have that focus right at the top left of the page. And we'll be talking more about this as we go ahead and lay out the resume, but keep that in mind. What thing is going to be most important and most relevant to the job so that you can showcase that right off the bat. Sometimes people get involved in like, trying to have special rules where they're like, Oh yeah, always put your education first, then put your work experience than your volunteer experience. But you can forget about those kind of rules and just think the most relevant thing needs to go on the top left. So I can organize those sections depending on what's going to be most relevant. So those are just a few principles. There's a lot more that will go into as we go throughout working on this resume, but keep those principles in mind as we jump in. In the next video, we're going to talk about the purpose of a resume. 4. Purpose of a Resume: Alright, with any document we're designing or any design project at all, we want to think about the purpose of the thing that we're designing. Because design is always striving towards a purpose. Remember, it's not artistic, it's not something where we're just like, Well, I want to put out what I feel. No, we have a purpose in doing this. And that purpose normally involves other people. And so we have to design for those users or those viewers. So that's really important to consider when you're making your resume. Because resumes will change depending upon who is going to see them and what it's for. Now, often people will say at this point, they'll say, Well, I know what the purpose of a resume is to get a job, but that's not really the purpose of a resume because very seldom will somebody be offered a job solely on their resume alone. The point of the resume is really to get an interview, to get a job. It's to get them recruiter interested in nothing you, that they will give you a chance to come into an interview and then maybe golfer you a job or let you move on to the next round of interviews. So that's really the purpose. It's got an interest, the recruiter enough to get you an interview. So think about that when you are designing the resume, the resume is not meant to be like a biographical sketch of your life. It's not meant to show somebody how interesting you are. It's meant to show them how relevant to the job you're. So a lot of times I'll see something like a personal summary on a resume. And that often takes a crucial room at the top of the page where the recruiter will be looking and it's really not relevant to the job. It's just like saying, well, I like to do this and I like to do that. And I'm this kind of a person. And what the recruiters interested in is can you do the things that the job requires you to do? Now sometimes a resume will be for something like graduate school or applying for a scholarship or something like that, then the resume takes on a little bit different form in that case, because you want to tailor it to the specific things required for the graduate school or the specific requirements of the scholarship, right? And so, you know what you need to do. And often graduate schools will have interviews either online or in person that you're trying to get to with that resume. But sometimes they will just be accepting you. Often scholarships will just be looking at the resume as part of a whole packet of things that you've submitted. So it's one piece trying to get them to award you the scholarship. So consider that purpose for my purposes in this course, I'm going to be assuming that this resume is a step on your path towards a job. And so we're going to be thinking about tailoring it towards getting an interview. But of course, you can make your resume towards whatever purpose you want. Just make sure that you note that in your project when you go ahead and submit it in the project section for this course. 5. Publisher Interface: Alright, so here we are in a feed publisher getting ready to go ahead and start our document. And we're just going go on a little tour of the interface here and how we set the document. I've just selected a letter page from the initial new document screen, so you can go ahead and do that as well. This is an a and a half by 11. Now that is the standard types for resume in the US. Now if you're in another country along, go ahead and check on the standard size for resume in your country and make sure that you're using that because you really don't want to have a non-standard size because that can cause your resume to get lost after it gets printed out or not print out correctly or something like that. So you really want go with the size that it is most accepted in the country where you live. But let's just go ahead and take a brief tour in case you are not familiar with Affinity Publisher. We won't be looking at everything in this video. We will just be looking at kind of where things are at so that you can find them as I referenced them. So on the very left-hand side, you're going find your tools. That's these over here. And those are the tools that we're going to use to build our resume or any design that we're doing in Affinity Publisher, there's a lot of different tools. We won't be using all of them, but we will be using a few of them as we go about creating art resume. At the top you're going to see three square by instead of the icons for the different affinity programs, we won't be worrying about changing these during this class, but it is a really useful feature to have these here for different design projects, but we won't need to worry about them for our class today, there are other options that are found along here. We won't need to use too many of them, but there are options up here and those will change from time to time as you have different things selected. Right now you can see that we just have our document open. We don't have anything on it. And so we have our document setup and spread setup options here. We're going to take a brief look at these and document setup. This is where we can change things like our dpi and what we're using. I'm using inches. But if you're in another country, you might be using centimeters or millimeters. Or if you're familiar with print publishing, you might be using points or picas. You can find those all along here. The other thing that we wanted you here is uncheck Facing Pages. Facing pages are like a book or magazine where the pages are going to fold in on each other and we're not going to have that. So let's go ahead and uncheck that. And that's all we really need to worry about here as far as resume designs, I'm going to go ahead and click OK. And you can see our pages over here in this Pages panel actually adjust so that we just see the single page instead of acting like there should be two pages, they're under spread setup. You can find here where your margins are currently our margins are set to one inch. That's really too big a margin for resume. So I'm going to go ahead and change that to a quarter inch all around. Before I do that, I wanna go ahead and click this so that they are linked. And then I'll change this to a quarter-inch, 0.25. Then they all are the same because I linked them, you can see you can change the color of your margins. Blue is fine for us here, and there's a few other things that you can do here, but that's all we need to worry about. Let's go ahead and click Okay, then you can see our margins adjust accordingly. We really want to have enough space to put everything in our resume. So moving along here, we talked about how there's options along the top and some of those we will need as we go throughout creating your resume. And then along the right-hand side, you're actually going to find your studios. So this is where you can adjust the details of things. So you have things like your color controls up here, swatches and color and controlling your stroke. And these are things that we'll be looking at as we go along making different things. Our Layers panel is going to be very important. This shows each layer that we have on our document. So that's going to be every kind of textbox picture and object that we might have. And so there's a lot of things that happen over here in the studios and we'll go over the ones that we need throughout this course. The last thing to kind of note is that up at the very top and you can't see this on my screen because of the way that it's recording. But there are the menus up along the top and if I open one, you'll be able to see it. So this is the File menu. Next year It's the Edit menu, document menu and so on. And so if I'm ever point up one of these, it's just right above where my screen is recording. And so that's just you just go up to the top and you can select that they're on Mac, they are disconnected from the actual window. And on a PC they're going to be connected to the window that you're on. But those menus are always there. And so that's where we can deal with anything that might be in the menus. And that's pretty much it for the tour around Affinity Publisher. In the next video, we're going to go ahead and talk about sketching our document on paper before we actually start saying up here in the program. 6. Sketching: As with any design document, the first thing that we want to do when we're creating our resume is to go ahead and sketch it beforehand. We're now going to be using any templates like we talked about before. And so we really want you sketch, so we have an idea of what we are designing before we do it. And sketching is really the best way to get our ideas out in physical form and then evaluate them. And so we're just going go ahead and start sketching. Sketching should be done on paper. So you see I have sticky notes here and I'm just using a little Ikea pencil to sketch. Sketching should not be anything fancy, and it just needs to use simple shapes. So let's go ahead. And of course we're going to start with a rectangle because that's the kind of shape that a resume will take. We aren't going to put in a lot of details in here. We really are just going to be roughing out what we want the layout to look like. So the first thing I'm going do is create a bar for my header. And then I'm going to put my name up here, so I'll just put name. We aren't going to put exact details or write every word, obviously. And then I might want to put some contact info. So I'll just pretend I have text with an e-mail address and a phone number. Again, right now we're just getting the layout here. So then I might put something like experience or I might not even write a word at all. But I'm just giving an idea for where I want the layout to be. And what I'm going to, obviously these words are a lot bigger than they'd be unreal page. But that's not the point. The point is to just get this idea of how you would do this right here. So I'm just getting different ideas down and it doesn't need to mean anything to anyone but yourself. Because you just need to be able to look at the idea and evaluate it. Say, Do I like this idea or do I not like this idea? And then just go ahead and rip off your sticky note. If you're using sticky notes and start again, you're going to do a bunch of different sketches. I suggest doing at least three to five of them to see what you like and you're just trying different layouts. So maybe here I'm going to put my name in the middle and then went from my contact info below the line. Always bearing in mind, of course, the principles that we talked about before. These are just rough approximations of what it would look like. And whatever idea you have. You can go ahead and you can just put it down on paper. Whether it's a good idea or bad idea, doesn't matter. You can decide later if it's good or bad. Just keep going ahead and sketching. Just sketch, sketch, sketch until all of your ideas are out on paper and you can always return to sketching later. You always want to start with sketching, but you can return to it later. It's not a big deal if you wanted to do another sketch later. Okay, So I've done three here, you can go ahead and do at least three to five before we go ahead and get started actually creating the document. So go ahead and do those sketches in the next video talk about adding text to our Affinity Publisher document. 7. Adding Text: Now that we've sketched out or document, the next thing that we need to do here inside of me publisher is learn about adding text to the document because a resume really is a text-based document, there aren't going to be a lot of graphics. So text is really the primary thing that we're going to be dealing with here. So there are two ways that you can add text to your document inside Affinity Publisher. The first one is the frame text tool, which is right here below the selection tools. And the frame text tool allows you to come out here and you can click and drag out a text frame. And when you go ahead and type inside of a text frame, going to move it to the next line. So let me go ahead and make this a little smaller and show you what happens. If I type this. It'll just go to the next line continuously and it will work within the bounds of that frame. And that is probably how you expect it to act. Now let me go ahead and click on my selection tool, which is the top arrow there, and then hit Delete. I'll get rid of that text box and I'll show you the other way, which is the Artistic Text tool, which is the a in the toolbar. So I'm gonna click that when you click and drag out, it's going to allow you to make the letters a certain size space. You can kind of choose where you want it to be. Just go for around 90. And then when we type, it will just keep going in a straight line. That is the Artistic Text tool and the benefit to the Artistic Text tool that can easily be resized. Let's say we were going to make a resume for somebody named Harry Potter. Then we can grab our selection tool up here and we can move this box around. That's pretty easy. But the other thing that we can do is we can resize it. And as we do, the text will resize. Okay, So this is very helpful for like big headings, that kind of thing. Whereas the Text Frame Tool is more helpful if you know you want to fill a specific thing. So say we want it to be half across and then we can start filling it in. So let's say we're putting in job for Harry here so we can put head of magical law enforcement. Then if we grab our selection tool and we re-size, this is not going to resize the text, but we'll push that to the next line as we go along. Those are the two types of text inside of Affinity Publisher. And you'll want to use different ones for different things. But it's really helpful to understand what's going on. Okay, So that's the first thing. And in the next video we're going to go ahead and we're going to talk about paragraph styles, which are really powerful way to control our text. 8. Text Styles: Okay, so as you can see here, I've gone ahead and added in some other information to our resume. And this is just so that we can learn about paragraph styles. So a lot of times when you are working on resume or another document, you're going to want to use the same style over and over again for text. So for example, on this resume here we are multiple times where we have a job title at the beginning of our different sets here. And so we would like to be able to make those all look the same and match them. And the way we do that is with a paragraph style. And the easiest way to do this is to go ahead and set up one of them as the way that you want to be. So click in and select your text. And then we're going to find our styling up at the top here in this bar. And we can go ahead and we can select what kind of font we want. So let's go ahead and let's just change this to kinda of a standard. Let's go with Times New Roman. And because this is kinda the top of the thing, we do want this to be bold and we do want to increase its size. So we're going to bring up this size to be instead of 12, we want that to be about 18. So we want that to really kind of stand out there. So we could do a lot of other things too as text, but I think that's good for now. Now we wanna go ahead and make this into a paragraph style. So go over to your studios and make sure you have paragraph selected. You might be on layers, but go to paragraph. And once you have that selected, you can see here where it says style and there's little exclamation point in front of it, which means that this style has been modified. So we're going go ahead and we're going to make a new style. And when we click Create New Style, it's going take whatever we have here and it's going to make that a new style. So let's go ahead and do this. And we're just going call this one job title so we know what it is. If we come along here, I'm just gonna move that over for a second. And then when we come here to character, you're going to see that it already says it's Times New Roman, like we said, you can see that it's changed everything in this line in this style. So it just changed 2019 to present, to be in this style. And so it's set this up with all of the things that we want as far as it being bold and there are a lot of other attributes of the texts that we can change here. So we can change the way that the font is handled. Color and decorations on and on for so many different things. But you don't necessarily need all of them. A good one to know it's hyphenation right here. You can choose to have hyphenation on or off. And normally you want that set to off unless you are doing something like a newspaper or something where you would want to hyphenate when a word reaches the end of a line, but this is a good thing to know so that you can make sure it's turned off today. You don't get weird hyphens. We're just going go ahead and click Okay, and now we have that style. So let's come down here to where we have this paragraph, which is our second job title. You can see this is currently set to a body style. So let's go ahead and change that to our job title right here. So that's how we go about and do that. And we probably want this school to also be in the same one. So we'll just change that to job title as well. Even though it's not a job, we do want that to be the same. So let's go ahead and do the same thing again, but we'll make a new style for our location area. So let's go ahead and select that. We will change it to Times New Roman. We do our fonts to match. We don't want to use more than two fonts throughout our resume. So normally we'll have a san serif and a serif fonts so sensitive just means without the little wings on it, like our name appears in a sensor font and that we will use a serif font for our body text. And that's a nice little amount of contrast. So we have this and we're going set it in that and then we will change this to italics. And right now we're at 12 point font are other one is at 18. Let's go ahead and we'll keep this at 12 for now. And we've italicized it. And now we can go ahead and make our new paragraph so row-wise a new style. And we're going to call this one location. And we can see it's all set up with our Times New Roman in italics. And we can go ahead and click, Okay, now if we want to apply this to our other ones, we're going to come down and click on our paragraph, come to our paragraph styles box and choose location. And each of these can then have the location there. So that's pretty easy. But let's say that we didn't exactly like the way that I was looking. We want change the size a little bit. The next thing that we need to do to modify that is we just come up here next to paragraph. We're going go to our text styles studio. And then from there you can see we have location round here, and let's just click on this and we can choose to edit location. So this will allow us to edit the style. This looks just like what we saw before. So if we come here and we want to change, say the size, we don't want it to be 12. We can take this and we can go up to say 15, make it a little bit bigger, make that stand out a little bit more. And you can see that as we do this, it updates everything to which that style was applied. So this is a very efficient way to try out different styles on your document because you can update them easily. You don't have to go through and select every piece of text and then edit it again. So almost anything that you can do to text, you can do to it here in the edit text style pane. So for example, say that we wanted to change up the color of that. We can go to color and decorations. We could go to our text fill, and we could choose from our swatches, go to color, and we could choose something like red and everything is going to change to red. Now we would not want to have that text file we read in our resume. But that's just a really vibrant way of showing you what it can do is let's change it back to black and then we'll go ahead and we will click, Okay. That's how you use text styles in your resume or any other document that you're working on. Go ahead and make some textiles for your resume. You'll definitely want ones for like your job titles for location that you worked at, probably for your big headings and your little headings. So go ahead and make a couple of those you can make more as we go along as well. And then in the next video we'll be talking about bullet points. 9. Bullet Points: So now that we've started adding in texts and learn how to work with paragraph styles. Next thing that we're going learn is how to do bullet points. And obviously there's a lot that we still need to clean up about this resume. It's not near done and we haven't put in near everything. But one of the major things that you have to do in a resume is putting what you did in a job. And often you will do that with bullet points. So it's easy to add bullet points. And I'm selected here on this first text box. And then I'm just going go up to the top and find where my low bullet point icon is. So I'll just click bulleted list and I immediately get a little bullet, which is a little hard to see there. Let me zoom in. And now I need to write something that happened in this job. And it's really important when you're writing these bullet points that you use. Action words you don't want to use really like passive voice or anything like that. You want to use action words about what you did there, lead out with things like improved, managed, increase. Those kind of action verbs are really important when someone's looking at your resume so that they see things that you actually did. And you also want to be able to include achievements and numbers as much as possible. So let's say that here we would put oversaw three and it's okay to put them as numbers because that's easy for people to pick out two visions with over 500 employees. And so that's really quantifying it for the person looking at their resume they're seeing, okay, this is what this person did and this is how much of that they did. So you putting in those action verbs want to put in really a oppressive and accomplishments, something like lead counter attack. Things that were really stick out to people. And you want to have several bullet points for each job, but not so many bullet points that one job really tends to dominate. Unless of course, that job is really important in experience for the job that you're applying for. In which case it might be alright to let it dominate. So you're putting these impressive things that you've done in the job and there's always a way to kind of make things look more impressive. You can write things in a way that sounds kind of meaningless, or you can write things in a way that's impressive or in a way that really speaks to the job that you're applying for. And so I've just made a new body style here for these. We're just going keep putting in these bullet points. So let's go down here. We want to switch this to our body style and go ahead and add in our bullets again. And then remember we want to use our action words. So a word like manages good to be managed. Division. And five subdivisions with 200 employees. Increased mission success rate by 25 percent. So anytime you can quantify something that's going to be very helpful, obviously in this case, we're making these things up. But you want to make sure that as you're working in Java, you do try to gather up those numbers. And if you write something that sounds good, but could really have something to back, you can go back and do something like add in a number. So trained over 30 new ours. And so then you kind of have number backing up. So sometimes when you're first Ryan, you won't get it right exactly. But then you'll think, okay, I can't go in and I can add in some numbers there and maybe you have to go back and contact an old boss or go back and look through your work records to kinda find out what those numbers are. But that's a really great way to make those bullet points kind of stick out. Okay, so right now we're going for a very simple resume, very straight forward. And this is just to get us started and as we work through this, we'll begin to add more and more stuff. And so in the next video, we're going to go ahead and tackle the header up at the top, which is a really important part of the resume. 10. Header: Okay, Now that we've worked a little bit on our bullet points here and put together some of our experience. The next thing that we really want to work on is our headers. So always start with the top header. In the header, you always want to have your name, right? So here we have Harry Potter and that's very clear and big. The other things that you want to have in your header or your contact info. Now this is really important because the whole point of the resume, remember, is to get an interview. And so if they can't contact you, it's not going to work. So you want to consider a couple of things. You want to make sure that your contact info its current, make sure that it has no spelling or number errors in it because if they can't call you, were reached by email, you're not going to get that interview and you're not going to get that job. Also, make sure that these look professional. You don't want to be using really old email address that you made back in middle school or something that doesn't make any sense or is difficult to spell or understand. You want something that's really simple, preferably something that is your name. So make sure that it's as easy as possible so that there's no mistakes. So the first thing that we're going to want to do is go ahead. And of course we want to reference our sketch to know where we're going to put this. So I'm gonna go ahead and shrink this down because I want to put my contact info on the side over here according to my sketch. But you want the name to be big enough that it's very visible, recognizable, and understandable. Then first let's deal with this nice font. I don't really love this Arial font. It's very standard. It gets used a little bit too much. So we're going to go ahead and we're going to choose something else that will match well with the Times New Roman that we're using and we don't want do anything weird. You know, I always like to use quicksand a lot. So let's go ahead and let's look at that. But the problem with quicksand is it's a phone with a lot of space in between the letters. It's easily readable, but it can take up too much space in the resume. So let's go ahead and find quicksand and just see how that looks. You see I've lots and lots of different fonts based on different like things that I've needed to do. So here we go, That actually looks okay. It contrasts well with the Serif there, and we may just want to shrink it down a little bit. Go ahead and make sure we've snap that right into the corner of our margins. Now if we come over here to our character options, we're going to see these different options that we have n. What we have here is a font with really big tracking. So we just want to bring that tracking together a little bit. So we're just going go over here and click on this and just drag to the left. And as you can see, it shrinks down the space in between those letters. We don't want things to get too close together, but that's what you do at tracking. And in this case I'm applying tracking it just to this text. It could apply it to a style. But in this case, I really want to apply it just to hear because this text is very specific. I am going to click in here and the space between two letters is called kerning. So we're going ahead and we're going to adjust the kerning a little bit because this o is just so far out from this P to come over here to your kerning and just start pulling that in. Now, Kerning would be a lot of work to do for every letter in your resume, right? But it's worth it on this heading to really make this heading work for you, trying to bring these close together so that we don't have weird and awkward gaps. And so that we have enough space to put our contact info. Okay, so now we've changed the font and we've adjusted our tracking, which is the overall space in a rollers and kerning, which is between two individual letters. So let's go ahead and let's take our text frame here and we're gonna make a new box over here. You can see it wants there to be a bullet point there we did. Of course don't want there to be a point, but we'll go ahead and get rid of that right now. We'll just uncheck bullet points. And now this we want to align to the right. Let's go up here and let's choose align, right? Align. We're just going to put in the number here. So you'd put in whatever your number is, make sure that you give enough information so that they can get a hold of you. So I'm just going go ahead and here for this dummy one, I'm just going to put number number number, dash number number number, number, number, number, number k. So that just gives me an idea of what it would look like. And we use this box to make sure that we weren't going to go too far. But it looks like we can make this a little bit better. Just go ahead and grab your selection tool so that you have your box selected and then you can increase your font size from here. And we want to go as close to the edges. We can then think we could extend this out just a little bit and maybe make it up to 24. We want to be readable and easy to see. So then let's just go ahead and drag that box up a little bit and then hold down Option, and we'll duplicate this to make our email address. Okay, And the trick here and fingers, if you want to target something for alignment, just hold over it and then affinity, we'll use that as the target. So I want to target to the name so that we're in a good spacing with it. And then we'll go ahead and we will put in our email address. And you can see it tried to capitalize I automatically we can hit Command Z to undo that. We don't want a capital here. And obviously we've gone too far, so we're going to need to expand this out a little bit and adjust the size here. Okay, so now I've got that and we want to give this some separation. So we are going to add in a line here or rule, but we aren't gonna do that right now. We'll do that in another video. The next thing that we wanna do in this video about headings is we wanna go ahead and we want to add an experience heading and in education heading. So let's go ahead and do that. Let's grab our Artistic Text tool again, because we care about the size here. We're going to drag this out and we're going to type in experience. And we always want them to be thinking about how the layout looks. So let's go ahead and select these two and drag them down a little bit to give ourselves some space to drag this down. And again, we'll come in, we'll add in some lines later to separate things out a little bit. I think that looks pretty good. I'm just checking the size here. That's 44 and this one is 76.3 and this one is 18. So I think 44 is probably in a pretty good spot. Let's go ahead and let's just change it to 40. So it's a little bit smaller than that. And I think that's good. So let's go ahead and let's make another paragraph style of this. So we'll go over to our textiles, come down here and hit the plus Cray paragraph style right here. And we're going to call this one resume subhead, Say, Okay, So that way if we need to use those again, we will have it. So let's go ahead and option click on this and drag, bring this down here. I can keep the spacing about the same. And then choose education. Now that we've created the settings, we're in a pretty good spot with our resumes. Now we just need to go ahead and work on adding in those lines, which we will do in the next video. 11. Adding Lines: All right, So now we're ready to go in and add our lines. Sometimes these are also called rules. So we just want to go and grab our pen tool from the left. So it's a few tools down on the left-hand side, looks like a fountain pen. Go ahead and grab that, and we're going go ahead and just make a line. This is really easy to do. Just go ahead and click and you can see it's kinda snapping in place there. Click to make your first hold down shift and that's going to keep it in alignment. Go all the way over to the other edge and click again. Now we have our line, and in order to increase the size of that line, we're going go over to our Stroke Studio right here. And we can just drag up on the width. We kinda want this to match closely. Kind of the line on our text, on our heading texts there, be kinda right there. Now, you can see here if I zoom in and click off, that this has a rounded end to it, that's good because it matches this quicksand text that the design principle of repetition there. But the way you get that if you have your line selected is by coming over here to cap n choosing round, because yours might be set to either the butt cap or the Squarecap, but we want round in this case. And now we wanted to space it out a little bit because of the why that's there, we either need to drag this up so that the y is descending below the line or give enough space to it and put it below. I'm just looking at that and I think I want to have it below the Y, give us some space there in the heading. And we're just going to use that same line. We'll just option drag that down, come down here to experience dropped below the p. And then we're going to bring that in from the side so that it's not going out so long. And that's creating contrast between these lines and the headings. And we want to drop our width. So let's zoom in here. We want to match kind of the same width of our letters there. So I'll be close to there. And we'll do the same thing. Just option, drag that down below education. Even though education doesn't have any letters with descenders for repetition sake, we want to be in about the same position there. And that's looking pretty good overall. Now, obviously there's still some more to do here on this resume, but hopefully you've now learned how to put your lines in on your resume to kind of break things up and allow the reader's eye to easily find what they're looking for. I'm going to go ahead and add in some of the final things onto this resume. And then in the next video, we'll go ahead and we'll talk about color. 12. Adding Color: Okay, Now we're going to talk about adding some color to our resume. And the first thing that we want to do when we're going to start working on something like this is make a duplication of our resume so that we can see what our resume looks like without color and it looks like with color. We really want to, whenever we're designing, include design resumes. We always want to be able to see our iterations and keep our past durations around so that we can work with them. So let's go ahead and right-click on this page and just choose duplicate. That way. We'll have this one down here on page two that will remain the same even as we adjust the color on page 1 when we're talking about coloring resume, it's really important to understand that resumes are professional documents and so you should only use color in a way that appropriate with the profession that you are applying to and what the people are going to expect when they are looking at your resume. So use color sparingly. If you use at all, a lot of times you won't use color at all, but sometimes a little bit of color, it can make your resume stand out. So we want to talk about that. You don't want use a lot of color and you want to make sure that it is subtle and professional. So a couple of places that might be good to add color might be in the header that can really make it stand out. But you really want to be aware that a lot of times your resume, if it gets printed, will be printed out in black and white. People won't waste color ink printing out resumes. So the contrast of your colors needs to be strong enough that it can still be read even when the color has been changed. So let's go ahead and let's just see what this would look like if we changed the color of our text, our name, it was. Wanna make sure that you are using good colors so you can pull like a color theme off the Internet or something, but you don't want to choose like loud or obnoxious colors are going to be like neon or something like that. So clicking on that, Let's go to our color tab and you can see that our fill right now it's black. So let's go to our swatches here, and we have our grays, but we also have our colors. And you can see I have some other color palettes here that I've made. So I've got this one called Report subdued, which is kind of some more professional looking colors, not quite as bright or neon. So I'm going to try that right here. I'm just going put this in red because red is kind of a strong color and just looking at what that looks like. And then one of the things we can do is we can see what that would print like in black and white. So we come up here to File and choose Print. And then we want to go ahead and change this to be black and white. So we'll just check this black and white button. And we can see that it looks pretty much the same as if that were black because it's very dark red color. Okay, let's try that again. And let's change this to yellow, which is kind of a brighter color. And you probably don't want to use your lawn white because that would be bad contrast if the color remained. But let's go ahead and look at English's. We can kind of see what that might look like. And then check it black and white. And you can see that that's coming out as a gray when he changed his bike, my integrase. So we probably want to use that one because it would get really muddled. So let's go ahead and click Cancel and we can try it. A couple of these. I think this purple is too close to black, so it's not going to stand out at all. And then that green is pretty nice, but might not be right for this particular resume. I think red is the right one for this particular resume. So if that's what we're gonna do there, then we want to use that in a couple of other places so that we have this repetition going on. So we might do that with all of our headings. We can select these by holding down Shift and clicking on them and then come in here and changing those to read. So you can see that that just subtly and if it gets printed out, it's still wearing the black, just like it did before, but that's just kind of a subtle color that can help your resume to stand out a little bit. All right, let's go ahead and let's duplicate this one again. And let's talk about another way that we could use colors. So you can see here as we duplicate were able to make comparisons. So instead of adding color to our words, we can add color to our rules. So let's like these. And when you are changing the color of a line, you want to make sure that you have your stroke selected. So click on your stroke up here in the swatches panel so that that's on top. And then you'll be able to change that stroke so we can make that red. See what that looks like. You can try some different things on that as well, like seeing all those. And that might be okay because the contrast between the lines and the white is not as important. But I don't really love that. So I probably wouldn't do that. Let's go ahead and hit Command Z a couple of times to get back to black. And another thing that you can do if you're interested is you could add maybe a shape. So there are shapes over here. So you can see you've got rectangles, circles, et cetera. And you can kind of add in a shape that might be part of your branding or something like that. So let's go ahead and let's just add in, say like this diamond here. And you want this to be pretty subtle, but you might have it off the page like that, get rid of its stroke. Fill it with red. And then you could drag that behind in your layers panel, drag that to the back. And then you can kind of tried to place it and you can see that contrast there is bad. And so we might want to change that to our yellow color to increase the contrast. And so you can kinda mess around with different shapes. In this case, you'd probably want to duplicate that down here so that you have a repetition in both places. And I can just give your resume kind of a different style. Again, it's not something I would probably do on this resume, but that is something you could do if it fits your resume, make sure that you aren't distracting from the point of the resume, which is to get people to look at your experience so that you can get your job interview. So colors kinda the last piece that you might add in, again, There's something I would then show to somebody else, see what they think of it. I think for me, my final one is probably this one right here with the red text. I think that adds a little bit of a vibe to it without being really distracting. And so that's pretty much it for skills we're going to learn here in this class on resume design. One thing to remember is that you will want to adjust this resume for every job that you're applying for. So don't just make this one resume and send it off to everyone. You really want to do it for a specific job that you are planning to apply for and then adjust that as you go. And you can always just come over here, right-click duplicate and add in different jobs or different experiences that might be helpful to you in getting that job. So you can make a lot of different versions of your resume and you should be doing that. In the next video, we'll go ahead and talk about the next steps that you can take. 13. Next Steps: Thank you so much for taking this course on resume design in Affinity Publisher. I hope that you've enjoyed this course and that you've learned something along the way and been able to produce a resume that you feel proud of. Go ahead and put that resume in the project section for this course, you may have some difficulty uploading as a PDF, which is what you would normally send a resume as. So if that's the case, go ahead and upload it as a JPEG, will still be able to see it. When you do that, make sure that you note for us what the purpose of the resume is, what kind of thing you are using it to apply for so that we can see that and let me know if you would like to receive feedback on your resume. Your next steps here we're going to be to actually take this resume and modify it towards jobs that you are really applying for or towards scholarships or graduate schools, that kind of thing. So that's really your next step here. But if you've enjoyed the design process and you're interested in learning more about becoming a designer. I have lots of courses that can help you out on that include my design basics course, which I mentioned at the beginning of this class, which can really get you started. I've got four courses in that series that go through the design basics and are totally free for anyone to take. And then I've got lots more courses like this one that are specific to a program, but also teach skills in different methods of design. So go ahead and check out those courses on my profile. Thank you so much for watching and I will see you in the next course. Hi.