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  1. Dean

    Well executed typography IS design. Thats all a CV needs.

  2. Rob

    I always viewed it as a study in information design…do everything you can to make the information more persuasive, informative, and digestible to your reader. I’ve seen many resumes hit the trash because of bad margins, weird typography etc. Afterall, if you can’t make a single sheet look good, what are you going to do with a real project?

    On the other hand, remember that designers love nothing more than tearing apart their peers, so design-for-design’s-sake on your resume will just get you criticism.

  3. Denis

    For a long time I always designed my résumé… but recently notice that a lot of people are making it real simple… So My move is going to clean and simple and let them go visit my website to see what can design. But does any of you have good exemples?

    P.S. for this post been thinking about this for a while…

  4. Pete

    I’ve always designed my CV and it’s always got me an interview.

    A couple of good points regarding content:

    Keep it impersonal. A lot of CV’s I’ve read have massive “about me” sections or try to be funny. List your hobbies, tell them your interests but keep it concise an employer doesn’t care about the kind of person you are (not at this point anyway), they have a pile of CV’s to get through so stick to your strengths and achievements. Bullet points are a great way to summaries your achievements in past job roles.

    Don’t be afraid to brag. Not to the point where you start to look big headed. This is a checklist of your skills. Why does this employer need to secure you before a competitor does?

    Never use the clichéd “I can work well in a team or on my own” (not sure if this applies to anybody outside the UK, basically its a sentence that most school leavers put on their CV’s because they think its what the employer wants to hear). Of course you can work well on your own, and if you can’t work in a team, why are you applying for a job? I’ve seen CV’s thrown straight into the bin soley because they contain this sentence.

    Keep it short, to the point and don’t include any unnecessary information.

  5. Zinni

    These are some great comments, thanks for the posts guys. I can see where each of you are coming from, hopefully this article will be helpful to those designers who are graduating soon and are looking for some tips, I know it would have been good for me.

  6. James Paden

    This reminds me of a recent post on my blog about designing the perfect web designer resume. As someone who has hired designers on multiple occasions, and I cover this in my post, every resume should be well designed and stand out from standard resumes. That said, a resume is a written document or list - I do not believe it should ever become a graphical document or portfolio.

    Remember, many resumes will be seen first by human resources and not by a fellow designer. The content of your resume is by far the most important part.

  7. Sara

    I turned a boring resume into a brochure that I can print out at home, or on a press/copier. I have gained a lot of inquiries, which most of them led to actual work. I’ve also been approached by several potential employers, all of whom said my resume stood out from the rest, and also because I had the experience to go with it. They also told me that it was refreshing to see someone take design to a new level.

    When they ask me why I picked a brochure instead of other formats, I tell them it’s simple. Brochures are commonly used for promotional purposes, or to ‘sell’ an idea. They can be tri-fold letters, or they can be much bigger. I tell them that I chose the brochure because I’m trying to sell my skills. My resume is simple, with a small paragraph about myself, then I get into my skills and employment history. It’s a simple design, not too flashy, but just enough to stand out, and I always use my company colors.

    Granted, there are some industries that want to see the block design, one page, boring resumes, but when we’re talking about graphic design, have some fun. Those who are looking for something creative can appreciate it. Those who don’t are usually looking for something very specific, and ideas are not good. (It’s one thing to start with an idea, but another to get completely stuck on it….)

    So have fun! Make something stand out and shout “HEY - LOOK AT ME!” Or you can go with the single-page linen resume…

  8. Zinni

    Those who are looking for something creative can appreciate it. Those who don’t are usually looking for something very specific, and ideas are not good.

    Sara, your comments are completely true. I personally would not like to work for someone who does not value creative ideas. These are not the people who let you express yourself, and instead force you to design within their restraints… Not my style. I prefer working in a place where there is time for personal exploration.


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