Tips for designing a graphic resume

How do I make my resume stand out from everyone else?

It’s a question we all ask and struggle with. Your unique experiences and the way you share them is one way to make your resume stand out. But you might also consider how the design of your document can catch someone’s attention. Not only should your resume tell me the relevant information about how you have been spending your time and the skills you have been developing, it should act as an example of your skills.

For students interested in pursuing careers related to design or visual arts, it is very important to think of your resume as an addition to your portfolio of work. Whether you want to be a UX-UI designer, a graphic designer, an artist or work in the field of advertising/communications, consider what your resume is telling the employer about your. You can design your resume as much as you want, but remember your ultimate purpose–show off the experiences and skills relevant to the position you are applying for.

See a few tips to consider when designing your own resume below:

  1. Use your space and make things pop. Your use of white space can make things pop without sacrificing professionalism in the name of visual interest.

2. Emphasize what is important. That might mean starting with a bold header to draw attention to your name, or emphasizing the most important sections with visual elements.

3. Brand yourself. Consider how you want to be perceived and remembered. If you are going into a design field, think about how to represent that visually (such as a personal logo, a color scheme, a nice selection of fonts, etc.). Use this consistently across other materials (website, business cards, social media, etc.)

4. Keep it clean. You may apply for jobs that are more creative or some that are not. It’s a good idea to have a simple, text-based version of your resume with clean fonts that works for the positions where a more creative approach isn’t appropriate.

5. Illustrate your skills. This is what you are trying to demonstrate to the employer, so show your creativity!









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By Shannon Merchant
Shannon Merchant Career Counselor