How to Create a Resume – Perfect Guide for Designers


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

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Contact info

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.

Personal Statement

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.

Computer Literacy

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

example of good cv

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.

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  1. Loma Morant January 4, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Great article!! If I posted a link to my CV, would you be able to appraise it quickly? Of course I understand if not, it’s a cheeky request 😉 But I'[ve just started out as a freelancer and would love some feedback.

    1. Tayyab January 4, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      @Loma Morant
      Do submit a link to your CV. I’ll be glad to help.

  2. Rahul Bose January 4, 2011 at 9:58 am

    The question come to my mind. If the person is handicapped / disabled, it is good for them to mention their handicapped in CV and in which ways it can be done? Please help me out.. 🙁

    1. Tayyab January 4, 2011 at 11:46 pm

      @ Rahul Bose
      That is a pretty serious issue you stated. I’m providing some links that should provide some tips and guidelines for making a CV for handicapped / disabled persons. I wasn’t sure what kind of disability you were talking about, neurological or physical, so I’m providing both type of links.
      Handicapped and Trying to Get a Job: 4 Tips
      CV advice for a disabled applicant
      Job Search Tips for the Disabled
      I’m feeling terrible for not making a relevant post, but since your topic does not relate to the focused subjects of this blog, I can’t. I’m available for any further query you may have. Just comment here, and I’ll respond soon as I can.

  3. Jamie January 6, 2011 at 6:07 am

    This is great advise for newbie designers. They should also set themselves up a linkedin account and have that URL clearly typed on on the resume. Since Linkedin is a directory for professionals it can’t hurt.

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