What Things Should Be Included In Your Graphic Design Resume?

Getting a job mostly depends on your resume for that is the first thing you have to appeal the board so they could call you for an interview. This proves that you need to mention every bit of your ability in your resume and that too in its own category with its unique style. When it comes to graphic design career, it’s a bit tough to decide how your resume should be. I tried to read a bit on this matter and came up with some points told by the experienced. So here let me share with you the points you should be taking care of while making a resume for a graphic designing job. I have divided the things to be included in your resume between ‘High Priority’ and ‘Low Priority’ contents, along with some extra things to make your resume more appealing.

High Priority

1. Name & Contact
Name and Contact Information This being the most important, should be tried to put in the header of your resume so it can easily be noticed. Otherwise it depends on you wherever you want to put it, but make sure it looks good and is noticeable.
2. Experience
This is the part where you place your work experience which includes the job title, employment dates, brief job description and location.
3. Education
This section should contain all the details about your academic background regarding the degree that you just finished, the university you attended and its contact info, if they need to talk to them about you.
4. Capabilities
You should include all the capabilities you have in order to inspire them that you are the one they are in search for. Include your interpersonal and managerial skills.
5. Software Skills
Since you are applying for a graphic design job, this section is needed. List the software you use and other design related skills.
6. Affiliations
Part of improving yourself as a designer is by joining different design organizations. So, write those organizations in this part.
7. Personal Statement
Personal Statement
This statement should describe your goals and the desired positio A brief statement about your goals and your desired position. There will be a better impact if you will make a statement that is suited for the job. Avoid generic objectives; use a personal statement that will interest the employer.
d.Your  8. Awards & Recognitions
Awards and Recognition Received
Enumerate your awards and recognitions here. Also include publications or websites where you had been featured.
9. References
Some people wouldn’t include this but merely state that “References available upon request.” Just be ready with your references when they ask for it.

Low Priority

1. Personal Information
Personal Information
It is not necessary to include information like your age, religion, hobbies, family status and others. Remember that your employer is interested on your professional life and not your personal life. So, there is no need to mention those things.

2. An Objective
Generic Objective
Do not make a generic objective. Make a personal statement instead. The employer will not be impressed to read that what you have written is prepared for wherever company and whatever positions you will apply for.

3. Things Not Related To Design
Things Not Related To Design
Make sure that what you will include in your resume will only focus on you being a graphic designer. Do not include other things which are not really necessary.

The Layout

The Layout
Since you are a graphic designer, make use of your lay-outing skills but do not make it look too crowded, complicated and over designed. Give it a graphic designer’s touch but do not over do it. Use plenty of white space so that it wouldn’t strain your prospect employer’s eye.

The Typography

graphic design resume
The font and the font size are very important. Choose a good font. Be sure that you have chosen a font that is readable. Do not make it too small. Remember that the contents of your resume are very important for it is the key for you to get the job.

The Structure and Presentation

Structure and Presentation
Your resume should look good in one glance. It needs to be concise, clean and informative. It also needs to be easy to read with the right usage of grammar and spelling.

The Cover Letter

Cover Letter
Make a cover letter. Although, some employers do not require seeing this, there are still others who prefer to see resumes with cover letters. Make your cover letter look good too and be sure it is specially written for a certain company. Follow the right letter format and contents.

A Consistent Theme

Consistent Theme
Do not use a variation of concepts in your resume. That will look like a scrap book and not a resume at all! So use a consistent theme or concept from your cover letter to your resume.

Number of Pages

Number of Pages
It doesn’t have to be long. A one page resume is more effective for employers don’t have time to scan a bunch of papers when there are so many applicants. But you can use two pages if that is really necessary, especially if you had been in the field for a couple of years already.

Organize Entries Chronologically

It is recommended to arrange every entry in chronological order from the most recent job or award you receive moving backward. This is the manner employers usually want.

The Paper Quality
Paper Quality
Sometimes, you would overlook the type of paper you are using for your resume. Of course, you would focus more on the design and contents of your resume but do not forget the type of paper you will use. Some employers are actually particular with your paper choices. Grab a good paper and it will give you more points to get the job.

Do you have a graphic design resume? What things have you included apart from these?

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