Graphic Design Resume Tips
What can be said about the graphic design resume? Is it a big deal? It doesn't necessarily show your talent or creativity. This is where many people are getting burned. This is huge. It's the first impression an employer gets from you. But don't over do it....
There are a few schools of
thought when it comes to the graphic design resume and presentation.
A few say go for broke (make it a work of art or funky), and others
say to keep it conservative & clean. I
think you can have both, but generally lean towards the more
conservative approach. That's not to say that the conservative
one should lack any kind of flair. It just means that you're not
going to push an aggressive funky visual style on someone who isn't
looking for it. You should be keeping it clean and simple. It shouldn't
be hard to figure out what's going on for the sake of style or
course there are exceptions to the rule. Some magazines,
newspapers & websites focus
more on youthful in-your-face layout (like a skateboarding
magazine), so they might want to see your creative flare.
In the end, it's up to you to decide what kind of format
and look to use. I've seen a few (not many) very unorthodox
resumes get people design jobs. Just try not to lose
the job right away by using a layout that is too wacky. Most entry level jobs in the graphic design field require a more conservative approach.
Remember that you have a portfolio that can show
this more artistic & crazy side.
No matter what approach
you use, there are some design elements that should be strong.
Considering that you will not be using many graphic elements,
you will have to let the typography do a lot of the talking.
Look to have strong alignment to create lines and order, contrasting
typefaces to organize and separate text, and effective
leading and spacing to give a good balance and
feel. The body text should be clean and easy to read.
Headers should be bold and contrasting from the body
text. Save fancy/wavy type to your name, if you use
fancy type at all. Remember that faxing might be
done, so design around the idea that everything should
look good, even when getting spit out on the other
end. It can be a good idea to have an extra layout
designed strictly for faxing.
Keeping it to one page is a good idea, but not if
you have to cram a load of information in tiny type
just to fit it in. Remember that the layout should breathe, and have a strong sense of order and purpose. The
employer shouldn't have to "work" to find
the information they are looking for, or strain their
eyes with tiny type or poor typeface selection. And
please, keep the look consistent throughout.
Taking it all Online:
Thousands of people are landing jobs by posting their resumes online using job sites. One such site is Hot Jobs, which has thousands of jobs posted daily, and allows you to post for free.
allows free posting, and is an incredibly well used
service that most utilize at one time or another.
This is really a no brainer for those looking for
work. You might not always land a job this way, but
it can't hurt either. Others are finding work this
way. Remember to promote, promote, PROMOTE! Don't
leave any avenues unchecked, especially free online
promotion. What do you have to lose?
If you are taking the online route a bit
more seriously, there are other options that you can look at. For
a small fee, a
few companies instantly distribute your resume to up to
10,000 targeted recruiters. WorkTree.com offers
free distribution after you have signed up for their other job.
details, details... If
there is a spelling mistake anywhere on your resume,
forget it. If the employer has to work to find information
because it's not organized, forget it. If the type
is hard to read, forget it. If the look is not consistent
throughout, forget it. You must pay attention
to these details. These things can be just as important
as your actual skills when getting your foot in the
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