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Certified Graphic Resume Architect (CGRA)

By February 20, 2020Uncategorized

𝐂𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐢𝐜 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐦𝐞 𝐀𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐭 (CGRA)

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m now 1 𝘰𝘧 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 6 𝘊𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘩𝘪𝘤 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘦 𝘈𝘳𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥.

In a “So What? Make Me Care! Do it Fast!” world it’s vital that your resume captures readers attention in just seconds.

That’s a pretty tall order, right?

The CGRA credential was designed specifically for professional resume writers who love giving job seekers the invaluable edge of dynamic, visual resumes that make them stand out from the competition.


𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐢𝐜 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐦𝐞?

A graphic resume is one that in which the resume writer/designer goes beyond a well-written and laid out resume to embrace graphic elements such as colour, images, graphs, charts, and call out boxes to better draw the eye and highlight content.


Since graphic resumes aren’t the everyday norm, how are they useful in accelerating job search results?

  • Because employers expect graphics in every other aspect of their decision-making and will embrace them here.

In fact, we know every second counts with resumes and the average review time by a human is 4-7 seconds.

Despite this, today’s employer is bombarded by resume submissions for open positions that adhere to old standards of B&W presentation with little changing in style or layout in decades.

That’s where professional resume writers have turned resume content into CAR stories and hard-hitting metrics, branding and unique selling propositions to help their clients stand out.

But today’s consumer demands visuals because they are the norm in every other part of their lives. From tablets to smart phones, everywhere you look on social media, marketing and advertising, images and videos are king. Whole stories and impulse-based decisions are made based on images.

No matter how well you write, when you are dealing with precious seconds in an attention-deficit world, content presented with visuals is king.

You can see samples of this style and its evolution by viewing Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) and World’s Best Resume Writer (WBRW) winning resumes from the past 19 years. 

  • Because HR is shifting and issues like blockchain could rewire the entire resume writing game.

As if this weren’t enough, graphic design in the resume of the future may be the only thing igniting interest in the documents job seekers may use as blockchain takes deeper root in human resources and hiring.

Projections around the blockchain phenomena position the resumes we know to migrate into a different type of personal branding document. If this shift takes place, resumes will still talk about achievements but won’t be relied on in the way we now experience. Since blockchain will already have access to those keys, we could see the resume become more focused on showcasing personality vs. past history.

Even if blockchain doesn’t impact resumes in this manner, we are already seeing a shift toward heavier graphic use and design/style that appeals to millennials and linksters (generation Z).

Are you ready to take your career documents to another level? At Total Resumes, we create story-based, graphics-rich documents for executives and aspiring leaders worldwide. With a 99% client interview-winning success rate, we are well-placed to help with your career advancement. Check some of our work here:

Author Carolyn Whitfield

6X TORI-Winning, Multi-Certified Resume Master & Coach ★ 12+ Yrs Expertise ★ 98% Client Interview-Winning Success Rate. As an executive resume expert who has carved a strong reputation in the resume industry, I’ve helped thousands of rising stars and executives worldwide ascend to the next step on the career ladder.

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