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How to Design ATS-Friendly Graphic Resumes (Video Master Class)

Surviving ATS applicant tracking systems with graphic and creative resumes Wouldn’t you like to be able to create graphically-enhanced professional resumes without worrying about ATS? Now you can!

Here at CDI we are so excited that Marie Plett has extended this critically important presentation, which has been called “super informative,” “mind blowing,” and “practice transforming” by past learners, into a 94 minute video webinar lesson on how resume writers can design ATS-friendly graphic resumes.

Marie shows us how there is no excuse for creating plain, black and white resumes that blend into employers’ piles with the rest of the zebras!

Just as importantly, at the start of her presentation, she will allay any fears you might have about using color and style by sharing results of her recent recruiter survey.

By the end of this incredibly informative presentation, you will know how to design a singular graphic PDF file that:

  • Provides the same universal presentation design on all platforms.
  • Works even better than a plain text file for ATS.
  • Populates application boxes neatly and correctly.

Marie will cover comprehensive information on how modern ATS translates resume elements, and show you simple ideas and quick ATS-friendly designs that can visually transform any resume in mere minutes.

Your key takeaways include understanding of:

  • How recruiters view your resume (or resumes in general).
  • How recruiters feel about graphic resumes versus plain black and white ones.
  • How resumes are parsed through the two most popular ATS in the United States.
  • How you can ATS test your resume presentation (without buying ATS).
  • What ATS accepts, rejects, and jumbles up.
  • How even your cleanest plain text (ASCII) resumes can have ATS formatting problems.
  • How various symbols are changed and translated in ATS.
  • How dates, section headers, and bullet list titles can confuse ATS.
  • How to make the online application process as painless as possible for your clients.
  • Basic MS Word design techniques.
  • Machiavellian strategies for getting all necessary data through the systems while hiding elements from ATS that you only want human readers to view.

About Marie Plett

Marie Plett is a Certified Graphic Resume Architect and Certified Executive Resume Master who started her professional career developing graphics and apparel for some of the world’s most popular fashion brands until she followed her true calling to become a resume writer and founded AspirationsResume.com in 2004.

Marie now uses her considerable graphic design skills to create exceptional resumes that have won 5 ROAR Awards and 21 TORI Awards since 2016, which includes 10 First Place TORIs.

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As promised, here are Marie’s other tutorial videos from CDI: 

TORI Resume Writing Strategies: Resume Formatting Magic Tricks & Charts in MS Word with Marie Plett (Video Master Class) >>

TORI Resume Writing Strategies: Step-by-Step Creative Logos with Marie Plett (Video Master Class) >>

Other resume writing master tools: 

Top CDI Resume Writing Tools and Resources (Compendium of Resources) >>

4 thoughts on “How to Design ATS-Friendly Graphic Resumes (Video Master Class)”

    1. Hi Tammy! That’s because it is a CDI member’s only benefit. At the bottom it says, “Free to members” and then has an option if you are not a member for how you can learn more. We do offer one of Marie’s video tutorials for free as an example of the great value of CDI member benefits. You can watch Step-by-Step Graphic Logos for TORI-Winning Resumes (Video Master Class) if you go to our Why Join page and scroll down to the bottom under “Taste Test These Eight Free Gifts” at https://careerdirectors.com/join-cdi/member-benefits/. Just hover over the URL as it is a clickable link.

      1. Thanks. They should make it clear the videos are only available to members on the page they talk about the video.

        1. It does in at the very top before the title by saying: “filed under: New Member Lessons” for the blog category it is in. This category is to make new lessons quickly accessible to our members.

          It also says at the end of the description on the page:

          Free for members: Get it now >>

          Not yet a member? Learn more now >>

          If you go to the blog by category, it is only listed under “new member lessons”. If you like what you see, then it’s time to join to get access to the whole library that is added to regularly for our members.

          Enjoy the free ones on the page we directed you to above. There are also many free tip videos in the blog under the category of Career Superhero Corner.

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