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How do you like my resume?

I styled my resume out of HTML, CSS, and P5.js.
I would love to hear your thoughts on it. It did take me a while to make it, but it came out quite nicely.
https://codepen.io/LeviathanProgramming/full/PoWEYLr

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Ben Sinclair

I think it looks like a young person's work. No offense! What I mean is that it looks like it's supposed to be impressive from the point of view of the author (you), and you've made it look "snazzy".

This is partly because you don't have any real world experience to list (by "real world" I'm specifically meaning what recruiters would mean, i.e. salaried or contract employment for a business they can look up). You have to fill the space with other achievements. In a way, that's an opportunity to say something about yourself that people later in their career forget, replaced by lists of companies and boring job titles.

You don't need to put your address, or age, or any of that stuff. If you get employed then they'll need your address to set up legal contracts and so on, but for the purposes of getting a job, I'd leave it out. Or replace it with "based in Texas but available for remote work" or something that gives people the information they want.

Your email address is a free gmail one. There's nothing wrong with that, but it looks more professional if you use one with its own domain - and you already have one of those. As a technical consultant on an interview I know it doesn't matter, but a tiny part of me would wonder why you didn't list connor@leviathan-programming dot cf (excuse the advanced anti-spam measure there). My prejudice would be that if the candidate didn't bother to set up a forwarder then what else would they leave half-polished?

I don't like charts and stats in CVs or rΓ©sumΓ©s. I think they're kinda dangerous. You don't want to put your skill level too low because you don't want to sell yourself short, and the HR people reading the page will automatically assume you're exaggerating. As soon as you get into a technical interview, someone's going to see that you claim 90%+ mastery of Javascript and ask you a bunch of questions you can't answer, and you'll feel like an impostor. That's why generic phrases like

good, solid understanding of Javascript

work well. They're even better if they're expanded on with some sort of examples:

I built a platformer game made with an early version of P5.js with demonstrating advanced physics and combat, which I release on X platform / which went down well with my friends.

I've altered that to be a full, first-person sentence, because that's the style you have gone with for most of the rest of the page. It's important to have a consistent voice. I see these two next to each other:

Built a free frontend coding website with some unique features.
A site to help people with volunteering projects, originally entered for a hackathon.

The first is declarative and the second descriptive. It reads a little strangely. That's why I'd suggest changing it. Personally, I prefer the declarative style, it's much less passive.

I also don't like icons very much. They're tricky creatures. What ends up happening is that you find icons that fit about 80% of your points and then have to use something generic for the remainder, because, let's face it, we don't have a convention for a "sustainable quality" emoji.

They also mess with the appearance of text, because they're inconsistent ratios (an envelope and a map pin are landscape and portrait respectively). This means that the line-height in your contact section looks too tight, even though it's actually the same as the rest of the text.

Colours are OK, but a lot of people are going to print this out and pass it around in meetings, so using colours like light blue is iffy. On a mono printer that might look very faint.

You can call me lots of things, but you can't call me late. Time is priceless and I make use of every second. You can count on me to get your website done before or on the deadline every single time

This isn't necessary. People assume that of their candidates... or at least they assume everyone makes the same claim. It's the same with phrases like, "team player" or "detail-oriented". They're fluff that takes up space you could be using to sell yourself.
It also sounds a bit like a joke ("you can call me lots of things"?)

There's nothing wrong with having a jokey CV! My own LinkedIn profile is complete nonsense and has got me a bunch of recruitment interest, so I can't talk back here. I do, however, think it should be consistent. Keep that voice going in other paragraphs or get rid of it all together. Ideally, you would have different versions of the document for different targets (for instance if you applied for Rock Star, you'd heavily lean towards the game-writing experience, but if you applied to Facebook you might talk about analytics or social APIs).

I'll give you a unique design, that works perfect for everyone.

Yeah, nobody can do that! That comes across as a little naive. And it contradicts your comments later in this thread where you say resumes aren't meant to be responsive.

These are my first thoughts off the top of my head and I'm not trying to be exhaustive. They're also just my opinion and I'm neither a professional CV writer or HR/recruitment expert, but I have read and written a lot of them over the years.

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π‹π„π‘½πˆπ‘¨π“π‡π€π Programming Author

Thanks, I'll keep these in mind and change this in the future if I have time.

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Tolga Kara

Its great but personally I would take out the bars at you Skill section. I find it confusing because what is like 80 - 90 % of HTML. Also if HR sees your application with so low SQL skills then they might consider not proceeding forward. Even if the job doesn't require a SQL Expert.
Hope I could help.

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Jen

I agree. It read to me as mastery, ie β€œI’m basically an expert in JS”

Also, I’m not sure if you’re aware but it looks like this on an iPhone 12
Which contradicts your responsive design skill.

Otherwise, keep up the good work!

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π‹π„π‘½πˆπ‘¨π“π‡π€π Programming Author

This resume wasn't supposed to be responsive lol.

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Nefo Fortressia

Yeah but it's good if you make it responsive.

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Ben Sinclair

Every website I make will fit in any device from a large computer to a tiny mobile device.

That sounds very much like it was meant to be responsive.

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I'm not searching for a job yet, I'm going to help people make some free websites and then do some freelancing. I will build up my skills in the future.

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Matt Curcio

Levithan,
LOL, What you did is called (by some) 'you jumped into the fire.'
You didn't have to ask everyone for their feedback, but you did.

You learned a valuable lesson: Resumes are a highly charged topic.

Many peeps think they live or die by; 1. what they put on it (or leave out) 2. how they word it, 3. what font they use, 4. AND what sign of the moon is that day.

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π‹π„π‘½πˆπ‘¨π“π‡π€π Programming Author

Okay, so I didn't 100% get what you were trying to say. Was I worrying too much on the design or wording or what?

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Matt Curcio

Don't worry too much. I liked it. I thought it was great.

There was no way for you to know the responses before the fact, so don't sweat it. So you are 18? Take all the comments with a grain of salt. Keep up with what you are doing (you know, good work!) and DO what you really like! Have fun AND place all your stuff on the internet and store it on git.

What I meant to say was you posted your resume on a site where most working professionals take that VERY seriously. Resumes are a highly charged topic. So now you know...
HTH

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Thanks. I'm actually still fifteen and am going to start doing some freelancing soon, so this was a practice for the future.

Thanks for the feedback, btw.

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Matt Curcio

Freelancing? Wow, that is awesome. It sounds like you can do anything you want.
How many kids do you know that are doing that?

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A few, probably two. I've graduated High School at 14 and have been coding every since. When I'm 16, I'll enter an online university.

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Matt Curcio

What are you going to study?

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Computer Science and Programming.

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Sean Canton

first thing i did was squish it down to see it's responsiveness. :D

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oh I guess that didn't work lol. Resumes are not supposedly responsive.

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Amelia Vieira Rosado 🐣✨

You're right about that! However, resumes should at least be ATS compliant, LOL! Anyway, you made your resume a webpage, meaning people hoped it would at least be responsive.

Keep hacking at it and make it better (if you wish to do so). 😊

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Alvaro Montoro • Edited on

That is where the challenge is. If resumes are not supposedly responsive, making it a responsive resume will showcase your responsive design skills and score brownie points with recruiters.

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Ben Sinclair

Why not? Ideally, any page you read in a browser should work at any size, in any medium. What if I want to print it onto A5 paper, for example?

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β€”Expert in responsive design
β€” this

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Nigel Lowa

I enjoyed going through your portfolio. Keep up the good work!

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Thanks.