Graphic Designer Resume Tips
1) Read the job advertisement closely. Make notes of specific computer programs, such as the Adobe Creative Suite, that are listed. Use these notes as you add the technical details on your resume. Are there matches between the job’s list of computer programs and your experience? List them in the same order, using the same language, as the job advertisement.
If you have experience with computer software or hardware not listed for the job, figure out how it equates with what they are looking for and use that on your resume. For example, you might list “Extensive experience in Xara Designer Pro 7 (similar to Adobe Creative Suite).” This is important because the first person who reviews your resume may work in human resources and not be familiar with all the software and hardware equivalents.
2) Read the job advertisement closely again, this time for responsibilities that match your experience. Then, just as you did with the technical details, structure your resume to highlight those responsibilities you’ve handled that are similar to what the job advertisement lists.
3) Keep your resume streamlined wherever possible. Remember that your total package for a graphic designer job application will also include a portfolio. The portfolio should really be the centerpiece of your application. Meanwhile, it is the role of the resume to guide the potential employer to see how you are a good fit for this job.
4) List any awards you’ve received that are related to art, design or project organization. Include awards even if it was for a project that was done by a team. During the interview, you can highlight that not only has your work received awards, you have demonstrated the ability to work as part of a team.
5) Proof your resume. Then proof it again. Then have someone else proof it too. Just as it would be unacceptable for you to design a piece for your employer that had a misspelling, it is a deal-breaker to have any errors on your resume. Imagine someone sifting through hundreds of resumes, looking for any reason to weed one out. A typo is just that reason.
Investing time in your resume is worth the effort. Soon the steps of tailoring your skills and experience will become routine each time you send out a resume. This attention to detail will pay off by getting you to interviews and helping you land a satisfying job.
Graphic Designer Job Description
A graphic designer creates a variety of materials using either computer software or by hand. Examples of what they create are logos, brochures, signs, labels, stationery, websites, direct mail and ad campaigns, both print and electronic. Responsibilities include designing, layout, writing copy and preparation for print.
In a large organization, a graphic designer may work with a staff photographer, marketing staff and a project manager. If working for a small organization, a graphic designer may have all or some of those roles as well. A graphic designer typically has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or art and is knowledgeable about computer design programs. The ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure is expected for graphic designers.