5 tips to creating a graphic designer resume


5 tips to creating a graphic designer resume

When looking for a new employee, employers have to go through stacks of resumes, and they all tend to look about the same. The most vital part of getting a job is making a good first impression and your resume will say a lot about your personality and work ethic; so why not try to stand out a little?

1. Understand Your Audience

In some cases, it may not be appropriate to go completely outside of the box when designing your resume. If you’re like me, and are looking for a job that doesn’t really have anything to do with art, your best bet is to remain subtle and straightforward. However, this does not mean that you cannot have a nice, outside of the box resume. You can, just tone it down to the normal sheet of paper and maybe make some formatting changes to the traditional layout.

2. Pay Attention to Detail

This goes for all resumes really; but a resume geared towards graphic design is going to have more granular details. For example, looking at a normal resume, you want to make sure everything is formatted in a way that makes sense, spelling and grammar are correct, and you’ve been pretty consistent to style. However, when transitioning to the graphic design focused resume, we need to pay attention to every little detail. Is the font fit in the space surrounding it? Is it too big, or too small? Are the colors in line with the feel of the resume? Does the resume flow or is it like looking at a crumpled piece of paper?

3. Don’t Let the Layout Overpower the Purpose

When reviewing your resume, employers need to see your experience clearly laid out in an understandable format. For example: if you have a list of your abilities in one column “Photoshop, Windows, Internet Explorer, WordPress” and have numbered ratings next to them “4, 9, 10, 6”, this tells the employer nothing because it is out of context and only relative to the scale existing in your head. It would be much better to instead include your experience with each program contextually.

4. Don’t Let Your Resume Be Too “Loud”

When googling images of ‘graphic design resume’, I noticed a few examples that would make your head spin. The idea of this type of resume is to stand out for the right reasons, not the wrong ones. Splashes of color inside a pie chart with too many categories, mixed with a comparison chart; you can hardly tell what you’re looking at. Any hiring manager or HR team would take one look at that and say ‘Nope. Don’t have time to decipher this.’

5. Be Original

Plagiarism is not acceptable in any environment. So when you’re thinking of a good graphically centered layout for your resume; don’t blatantly copy the image from an example found on Google. Also, if you want your resume to stand out, avoid using the common templates through programs like Microsoft Word, as this format will show no original, creative thought.

For example; I once read through a resume that was ‘graphically designed’ to be eye catching. However, after Googling ‘Graphic Design Resume’, that exact template came up and I immediately thought ‘Oh, that’s not good’.