Creating a CV ready for the design industry can be difficult. Below are 5 important tips that can help you develop an exciting and well-designed CV.
Remember That Personality Is Key!
Be yourself and keep truthful. Adding a slight element to your design CV that represents your creative practice, or your general personality can give the employer a great insight into who you are as an individual. It can also be a great conversation starter. This element could be a logo, letterhead, illustration etc.
Keep It Simple!
Design employees don’t really want to read about your first retail job instead, they want to know how they will benefit from hiring you. Think design skills and relevant experience. Don’t overcrowd the document to make it “pretty” because chances are it will be overbearing and hard to read. For example, if you add colour to your CV remember to make it appropriate, and try to make it match your creative style. Too much colour can make your outcome appear unprofessional however, the right amount of colour can brighten up your CV and make it stand out from others.
Keep It Consistent!
One of the most useful skills for a designer to contain is a great understanding of branding. A consistent style throughout your CV will reflect on these skills and show the employer your expertise. Avoid charting your skills! Your CV should reflect on them instead. Choose suitable fonts that explore your creative style, if you choose more than one remember to make sure they complement each other and remain the same throughout. Make sure they are set to the perfect print size for a professional finish.
Include Contact Information!
Make sure to include all professional contact information you have. If you don’t have a separate email account then make one specifically for design purposes. This will give you a sense of professionalism, and make it easier for future communication. Try to include an online portfolio so the employer can explore your projects in depth. This could be Behance, Instagram, website etc.
Don’t make the mistake of rushing your CV and using it in an application. If the employer notices this mistake you can appear sloppy and unprofessional. Proofread the entire copy plenty of times and re-write sections that don’t appear to make sense. Spell check everything and make sure to send the right file. Get organized and create a filing system that works for you.