If you can manage to make 'Eye catching design' in Freehand, and actually print it then go right ahead : ) As for regulations, keep it clean, triple check for typos and other type errors. No more then one page. Include a cover letter, and a envelope to match your resume/cover letter is a super big +!!! good luck, and buy illustrator when you get some money.
lots of places now are scanning their resumes, so keeping the fonts standard is a good thing. actually, some places will just junk your resume/cv if you don't keep it very simple. there are resources on this at places like monster.com. i think it's good to have a 'fancy' version (after all, if you're going for a DESIGN position....) and an easily scannable version.
Fancy is for snail mailing. Don't email attachments cuz 80% of the time they will just be trashed unread. Put the pdf someplace where it can be downloaded and email just your cover letter (if that is your preferred method of contact).
How many design firms do you all know that scan resumes to keep them. The temp agencies do and some of the bigger ad agencies... maybe we're just not with it. We file em for 6 months then grind em up. Unless the person has certain skills a PM wants to hold for long term or the person is Freelance.
As for Freehand, It's all good. If you can use it, and like it (I think Illy has a better palette layout) and don't get carried away with the multipage function (ie, don't use it for layout) Freehand is ok.
PrintDriver is a large format digital print dude. His advice/opinions may not apply to the 4color/offset/web world of printing
Thanks for your input. Definitely a good point about you get what you pay for. Just was curious what was out there. I do agree making things from scratch is a safe bet and will work much better because...