Remember that at the core, your Chief Financial Officer resume is a marketing document.
Research has shown that using color in marketing collateral has a dramatic positive impact.
Color visuals increase our willingness to read by 80% and has been shown to increase comprehension up to 73%. Color increases readers’ attention spans 82%. And people also appear to have a strong bias for color as they are 55% more likely to pick up a full-color direct mail piece first.
Consider how all this translates to using color in your resume. Imagine your attractively designed resume printed in color lying on a table along with other resumes, all text based and black and white. Which do you think a recruiter will pick up first?
As you begin experimenting with color in your resume, be conservative as we have in the Chief Financial Officer resume. It is easy to go too far and transform what could have been an attractive, eye-catching resume into a garish, unprofessional document that repels rather than attracts. Changing the font color of headings is common. Also consider adding color with graphics or photos, tables and graphs, shaded boxes, shapes, and borders and lines.
At Distinctive Career Services we work with many C-level executives: Chief Financial Officers/CFOs and also CEOs, COOs, CTOs, CIOs, CMOs, CHROs, and others. When you hire us to work with you, we do far more than just write your executive resume. Whether you are looking for a Chief Financial Officer resume or another executive resume, we will also consult with you on resume writing best practices and answer all your questions about color, design, what to include or exclude, and more.