We all know how important a resume or CV is when applying for a job. It’s the first thing an employer will judge you on before you even get an interview. Some would even argue that this step is even more important that the actual interview. All designers might have similar skills, but who has more creativity?
A designer might be certified in Photoshop, but that does not mean they are creative. Knowing the software inside out is quite handy to speed up your workflow, but what’s the use if you lack the right side of the brain? I know many designers who have no certification but in return create drool worthy work. This is a common delima in the design field, but most firms/agencies are not blind and realize that visual work speaks for itself.
A unique resume is important for many reasons. Not only it does it resemble your personality, but it also speaks your capability and creativity. Putting more effort and thoughts into creating an impressive resume is definitely worthwhile, as it is usually the first thing any employer sees before flipping through your entire portfolio. We are here to help you gain inspiration for this challenging task. So dust off your resume and give it a face-lift!
Useful Tips and Tricks:
- Print your CV/resume onto high quality paper or card. Why? Because when someone gets a hold of it, they will feel like it needs to be taken care of and not just shoved to the side into a pile.
- Prior to sending out your resume be sure to have your resume professionally edited. It’s amazing how well a resume can read when “touched” by a professional editor.
- Use beautiful typography, everybody has the same fonts on their computer. Feel free to check out our font collections.
- Some web designers take things a step further and create a resume based website to showoff their skills.
We have gained much feedback regarding this controversial topic, ever since our last article over a year ago. Check out some previous comments regarding this matter, some are positive and some negative:
“These are all really, really bad as resumes, and a lot of them are bad from a graphic design point of view. Don’t encourage people to turn in resumes like this.” – Anonymous
“It would be much better if resume’s were always in this format. You would see the creativity in every person.” – Fajas Colombianas
“I am very much grateful to you for posting such an innovative concept of creative resume. This stuff is really helpful.” – Shawn
“These CV’s would end up in the bin to most employers. A CV should be clear and concise, not a piece of artwork. You can show off your work at the interview stages. Employers have 3-5 secs attention span when looking at CVs. If yours is complicated to read then it will be discarded and the person below may get the interview.” – Neil
“Infographics are visually & mentally stimulating. Thanks for sharing!” – Creative Pile
Please remember this obvious fact: These are NOT great examples for everyone looking for a normal job, it is about getting a creative position.
Note: All images are linked to their source.