Creating an effective resume is the key to success whether you are fresher searching job, experience candidate looking for a better job opportunity, freelancer or an experienced candidate from a different field looking for a job change. Your resume is your first impression and the greatest asset. Follow the simple steps to create an effective graphic designer resume.
For seasoned artist:
If you are a graphic designer with several years of experience, then you should highlight your capabilities, skills, and achievements.
Example: Eleven years of experience as a graphic designer. Worked in Ad agencies, corporations and associations that have helped me gain knowledge about various design environments. I am conceptual, creative graphic designer with strong work ethics and high standards. I am proficient in providing print and online artwork solutions for corporate clients.
Although you do not have experience like the seasoned artist, the employers can know your potential by going through your resume objectives. Before creating your resume, go through a sample resume for graphic designers. You can highlight the projects completed during your academic year, which focused on art and designing, provide information about your internship and other design work. College graduates can write their objective statement as the example given below.
Example: Bachelor of Computer Science (Specialization: Graphic Design). Completed advance diploma course in Graphic Design from a reputed institute. Through my internship and freelance work, I have provided print and online artwork solution to various companies.
For candidate changing careers:
If you are currently in a different profession and are changing your field to graphic designing, then your resume should look like a designer resume. Your resume should highlight artwork in your portfolio along with the common factor between the two professions. For e.g. you can provide information, about your skills in using Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Your resume objective must be graphic design oriented.
Example: Through various career developments programs, I learned to use graphic design tools. I am capable of creating high standard design artwork and I have good technical skills because of past technical communication work experience.
• Your resume must have a professional approach and look.
• Clearly mention the position you are applying for, like art director, senior designer, graphic designer, freelance designer or other specific areas. Once you mention the position you are applying for, write few words to explain why you are the best candidate for this job.
• You need to provide information about the technical knowledge. For e.g. digital printing, offset printing, and web designing using Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Dreamweaver and Quark Xpress.