Take a look at your resume for a moment…is it bland and tasteless like diet soup? Nothing but same-size text stretched out across the page in blocky paragraphs? For most jobs, that’s all an employer really wants to see: the nuts and bolts, and nothing fancy. But if you’re an artist – a self-proclaimed creative – you need to reflect what you can do a little bit in your digest of dexterity. Granted, you don’t need to turn your list of skills into a convoluted work of art, but if you’re a designer you should probably add some actual design. The first thing your client or employer is going to see is your resume, so jazz it up a little bit.

Don’t think incredibly far into this – a little goes a very long way, and if your employer finds themselves having to stare at your resume with a magnifying glass in an effort to locate job competencies, they’re going to throw it out after about two seconds. Clients and bosses are not explorers, so don’t send them on talent safaris. If you have a self-promotional logo, put it at the top of the page. Use some color too – make headlines the same color as your logo, and text beneath them regular solid black; trust me, no one wants to read loads of paragraphs in size-8 hot pink font.

Here’s a neat idea: Assemble your resume like a website profile. Have a funny little face icon at the top (that may or may not look anything like you), and have your name be a “username”. Have each portion of the resume sectioned off like a site biography.

Don’t always feel like you have to have a fully-typed rundown of your abilities– as long as it remains decipherable, you could make an illustrated resume too. Create a map and have each area of land be a different segment of your skill list, such as past experience, objective, and traditional skills. Or if you want to get really nuts, get your resume printed out as vinyl lettering, take a high-resolution photo of it and send said photo to potential employers along with an actual decal.

Okay, those last couple may have been a wee bit extreme, but it’s highly recommended you still make your graphic design resume look a little artsy. Some employers may be expecting this, and some will be pleasantly surprised by it, so it’s beneficial to you either way.

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