Working as a contractor requires a certain degree of self-marketing, especially in a fast-moving and modern field like IT. Even if your expertise lies more in the nuts and bolts of information technology, awareness of and engagement with the more surface-level and generally accessible aspects of the digital world will broaden your employment prospects. Sure, your expert-level knowledge of data systems management might be why you’re the contractor for the job, but maintaining a level of fluency with the current trends in web design, marketing, and content will help you reach and impress more people.
The following infographic from Coastal Creative takes us through this year’s established and developing trends in digital design. These are the aesthetic trends you’ve likely been seeing all over the web for the past few months, what function they serve, and why they’re having their moment in 2017.
Any other digital design trends you’ve noticed lately? Any new developments you can’t get enough of, or trends you’re ready to see die out? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!
Resume advice is one of the more popular topics on the Talent Development Centre. We provide IT contractors with many formatting tips and discuss content that you should (or shouldn’t) include in your technology resume, but we rarely go into specific design topics. After all, how important can the design of your resume be if it’s only going to be read by a computer anyway? Surely, computers don’t care how pretty something looks.
Although the chances are big that your resume will be screened by a computer before anyone else, if you’re qualified for an IT position, a recruiter will still end up looking at it… and they’re human. How your resume looks will affect a recruiter’s perception of you before they start to review your background and skills, even if it’s on a smaller, subconscious level. Therefore, it’s a good idea to put some thought into this and, the simplest way is to double-check the font you’re using.
Have a look at this infographic from Monster. You will probably find that you’re already using a proper font (note Comic Sans is not listed). If you’d like to stand out, you will also find some different fonts that are both appropriate and can give your resume a modern feel.
Are you involved in any web design projects? Do you manage your own personal website? Or are you simply interested in the latest trends? Either way, take a detailed look at this infographic from Thinkdesign, the Logo Design Guru blog. It highlights 14 trends that we can expect to see in web design in the New Year. What do you think? Are we going to start seeing more Asteroid-themed websites?