To add some individuality, the use of a repeating graphical element is acceptable in a minimalist resume. As a rule of thumb, try to avoid heavy elements and graphics. The concept should be aesthetic and clean.
The minimalist resume uses a lot of white space to make the text blocks and titles easier to read. Avoid using long blocks of text.
Simplify, rewrite and exclude information that is not essential for the job openings you apply for. Although you should be careful and maintain proper chronology because recruiters grow suspicious if they see gaps in the timeline.
Avoid icons in the Skills and Achievements sections. Use bullet points instead.
The Header is where you add your contact details such as name, phone, address. Make sure your email is professional and use your name instead of a nickname. Do not write down your full address. A city and a state are enough. If you have a personal website, you could include it, allowing the recruiter to find out more about you if he or she is interested.
With a minimalist resume, headshots are not recommended. You could link a LinkedIn profile that has your picture.
You may include a headline instead of the Resume Objective section, but limit it to a few words that describe who you are best.
The Summary is one of the most important sections of your minimalist resume. It is one of the first things the HR officer will read. Then and there you have got the chance to show that you mean business.
You can write 2-3 sentences packed with action verbs and keywords describing the most important things about your job experience, education, skills, and achievements. Do not worry about details, you will have the chance to expand on this in the next sections.
The Job experience section is one of the main sections of the resume. It is positioned below the Summary section.
List your experience in reverse chronological order. Use action verbs and short sentences. Avoid large blocks of text.
Do not exclude irrelevant job positions that you held because the HR officers hate white spots in the chronology, but do not get into details about them.
The Education section comes after the Job Experience section. The same rules apply here as well. Start from your last course of education and arrange them in a reverse chronology.
If you completed College or University, you do not need to add High school information unless it is somehow related to the job position. If you are a recent graduate with limited work experience, you may consider changing the places of the Education and Job Experience sections.
The Achievements section highlights important information from your Work experience and Education sections. It gets the attention of the recruiter because it lists out everything you are proud of. Use bullets and short phrases. If you use a two-column format you can place it opposite the Job Experience section aligned right.
You could also add Skills section. This is the place where you can highlight relevant skills acquired through education or experience. This section is usually positioned below the Achievements section.
What about additional sections? A minimalist resume means simplicity. Do not include anything irrelevant. You could add Languages, Hobbies, Projects, Interests, and other sections only if they are relevant to the job posting or if you have limited or no work experience to show.