Your resume can be even more worthy than your portfolio, when you are in quest of a job. Your resume is the item that makes first impression.
For designers, creating their own resume can be a nightmare. That is because every employer judges the designer by the format of his/her CV.
Some say it’s not the resume that will provide you with a job, it’s your work… they are right! But only to some extent.
They are not wholly right because your work comes after your introduction, i.e. after your resume. Let’s take an example.
Do you ever buy a ticket for a movie which had a boring trailer…. No, of course you don’t. A resume or a CV is ‘your’ trailer and ‘you’ are the movie. No one will pay attention to you and give you a job if you don’t have a good CV.
So what is a good CV? Here, you’ll learn the two methodologies of creating a resume in two sections “What to Write” and “How to Design”.
What to Write
Well I don’t have to remind you to put your contact info, but also put “graphic designer” around your name as well. Somebody may goes through your CV later and he should immediately figure out what this person does.
Also known as “objective”. This is one of the things that will define your personality and commitment, to the possible employers, so make sure it’s a professional one. A pinch of humor works great but don’t, I repeat don’t overdo it.
This is the most valued thing on a CV. Experience will tell how good or bad you are when it comes to doing a job. So if you have a presentable experience, give it the most visible place in your CV.
If you don’t really hold a big experience, education becomes the most important thing. Things to put here are:
- Your Degrees
- Dates of Acquiring Those Degrees and Qualifications
- Colleges You Attended
- Location of Your Colleges
- Additional Diplomas (if any)
Also known as Strong Points or Extra Skills. This is a place in your CV where you have an absolute freehand to write anything. But remember, don’t sound like praising yourself.
Sometimes known as Software Skills. Just write down every software program name you can work with.
It’s not a necessary tab, but if you have won any award or a medal or something as a graphic/web designer, include it. Employers also like those designers who are a member of designing communities and organizations.
Can be called Hobbies as well. Write something that could reflect your personality here. Your character will be defined by knowing your hobbies and interests.
How to Design
A nicely designed resume and portfolio
This is the basic thing many people forget, the paper. If you are designer, your resume should be memorable, and believe it or not, paper will play a big role in it.
Should be an intriguing one. According to some, a designers resume MUST NOT be made in MS Word. But since some companies only receive MS Word files as CV, I differ with them, yet your resume must be more dynamic. Use grids and even flyout styles work sometimes.
This is a must do thing. According to professionals, a designer should not use Times New Roman font, very old fashioned and overused.
What Not to Do
A lie, this always gets you in trouble so don’t lie about anything.
A generic “objective” at the very top.
An interest or hobby that could make the employer feel that you will not be a hard working person.
Don’t write something that could be offensive to anybody. Try to be politically, morally and legally correct, always.