Canvas is great don’t get me wrong, but have you ever designed something on your own and from complete scratch? I thought it would be too difficult, I thought I wouldn’t have enough creative juices in my body to completely make a resume on my own, until I started using Adobe Illustrator.
I used to use Canvas for every graphic I’ve ever made, for the resume I sent to future employers, and for all of my Instagram stories. It is such a user-friendly website with hundreds of thousands of template design, I never thought to try anything different.
When I downloaded Adobe Illustrator I was honestly terrified. I like to think of myself as a creative person, but coming up with designs and where to put the tiniest details on documents stressed me out.
When I began my journey into the unknown, I started where any person starting out with a project goes- YouTube. I watched many YouTube tutorials on how to do all the simple tasks from adding text to changing backgrounds to adding fonts. Once I began to figure out the tools on the left-hand side, I felt ready to take on my first task, my resume.
Throughout my college career I’ve gone through many resumes; a boring standard one I created when I didn’t know what major I wanted to do, a template I found on Google when I realized I wanted to go into Public Relations, and then a template on Canvas which seemed fun.
Although none of these resumes were wrong and all showcased my skills, none were 100% me. I wasn’t happy with any of them so much that I wanted to show off my resume. It took me several different tries to get my favorite on Illustrator, but I eventually created one that screamed “Kacie Hines, ready for a PR job”
My favorite tool to use while creating my resume was the rectangle tool. This feature has five settings for shapes; rectangle, founded rectangle, ellipse, polygon, and star. All of these shapes could be conformed to make any shape with editing from the user.
When making my resume I knew I wanted separate sections for the ‘fluff’ information like my social channels, etc. and then another section for my actual work experience. The rectangle tool made it so easy to be able to create these different sections by adding a rectangle to the left of my document and having a larger space for my experience.
I also knew I wanted there to be little things that made my resume stand out, one being the diagonal at the top of my resume. I made the shape using the rectangle tool and making a triangle and cutting the edge of it off of the paper.
Another reason I loved the tool, was being able to create different shapes for my phone number, email, address, Instagram handle, and Linkedin user. I used the rectangle tool, as well as line tools to create all of the logos in the left section of my resume.
Overall, when given the opportunity to have full control of a document that stands between me and my future, it made me feel a lot more confident. Once I stopped letting fear guide me toward all the templates, I fell in love with the program and the different things you can do with it.
If you have the time to learn Adobe Illustrator, I would highly recommend it. I don’t think I’ll be going back to template designs anytime soon.