I review a lot of résumés. And I see a lot of different approaches. But there are some things that I note and look for right away. So consider these when you're polishing off the ol' one-pager, updating your portfolio, and buttoning up LinkedIn.
- Your résumé should be a one page PDF. Listen: I love text files too, but this is not quite the time for it. PDF is pretty standard for better or worse. Consider this your constraint.
- Edit the hell out of the thing. Both in text and design.
- Don't use buzzwords. They make you sound cheap, not knowledgable.
- If you include an objective, write it using your own language. Everyone is a "passionate, user-centered crafter of experiences." That's not you. What do you bring?
- Get your point of view across. You have a perspective as a designer. What do you care about? Make sure it comes through in your writing and the way you position your work.
- Include relevant stats and numbers that matter. Did your design launch? How did you know it was successful?
- Summarize key projects/stuff you did at your job. I don't need a 3-paragraph review of everything that happened at your last project or client. I need to know what you did that matters (to you, to the client/company, to the world, etc.)
- Charts of experience look nice but aren't as useful as a narrative. I don't know what a "10" in Axure is, anyway.
- Show your work. Where possible, tell me about the deliverables you have on your portfolio. Wireframes by themselves are 99% meaningless, other than being able to tell that you can use [app name here].
- Edit the hell out of the thing again.
Also: go read what my colleague Pernilla Peterson said, because her advice is all excellent.
I may edit (ha!) or refresh this post as more things come up.