(Closed) Help bees!! is a "design" resume really necessary?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
683 posts
Busy bee

Im a architectural designer, which may be different from your type of design but still the same concept, and I’m 23 so I had to land my first job just a couple years ago.

They told us to have a “creative” resume, in that it is not a layout that you can find on microsoft word. Mine is nothing like this. Mine looks like a regular resume, except Very organized, easily read and shows my skills at laying out a page in a organized clean way.

But it is VERY important to have a portfolio. PERIOD. You didn’t mention that and I’m not even sure about what type of design you are in school for.(so I’m not being rude). After I got my job I was able to talk with my now co-worker who interviewed me and joke about the people who came in without examples of their work.

When I interviewed, they were way more interested in looking at my portfolio than my resume. They glanced at my resume, then flipped through my portfolio the entire interview. Its a lot more interesting for future employers to see work you have done.

With that said, I think that having a “design” resume would look nice if you could incorporate it with the theme of your portfolio!

Post # 4
1368 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I agree with ChelseaGabrielle: 

I am not in a creative field but I have worked with web design/ print design people. I do think a creative resume is nice for a wow factor but you should also understand that some HR people just keyword search through your resume to screen!!! So if your resume is in a format that’s unsearchable you might not even get an interview!!! Gasp! I’ve been told this by a recruiter.

I do think you should focus your energy on your portofolio rather than a special resume. Because they hire a creative staff based on their ACTUAL skills.


Post # 6
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Fiance is a graphic designer (in the US), his also looks much different than the one that you have posted. Like pp said, his is way more concise and laid out is a professional (more regular) manner. 

While my Fiance was instructed, and actually used his design resume, now that he landed a job they have actually told him they prefer to have more standard resumes even though he is an artist. Im not sure what kind of design you’re talking about, but I am assuming graphics. It took Fiance almost a full year and a half to land a job, and while his job is graphic design based it is not the artsy more creative look they want. They want someone who can create business and professional work (ie: logos, proposals for sales pitches, website layouts, business cards). Therefore while in school they tell you to be creative, what he found was that they really wanted someone who could be creative within a proffessional business model…. If that makes since. 

Post # 9
402 posts
Helper bee

@Little knitter:  Wow…I’ve never seen a design resume quite as involved as the example you posted, haha! I’m a professional graphic designer, and when I was getting ready to graduate, we were given some “design resume” tips. Here’s my two cents: it should be something that your recipient can print out on a basic printer. Therefore, it should be one-page, lettersized, with a white background (preferably). The “design” part comes in with your choice of typography and/or text colors. Mine features my name and contact info on the top in coordinating colors, and the body of the resume is black/grey. The section titles (education, experience, etc) are the same color as my name. It prints out well in color and grayscale. it’s simple, sleek, and easy to read, but it still looks “designed”. I also created a corresponding letterhead for my cover letters. It goes with the resume, so they look like a “set”.

If you still want to try something more along the lines of the example you attached, perhaps you can also make a “printable version” that’s similar to the one I described? 

I hope this helps!


Post # 10
394 posts
Helper bee

@Little knitter:  i am in the interior design field and mine is definitely more “creative” driven, but not as extensive as that one….it doesnt look like other resumes and i have a quote i love about the art world at the top..it’s still very organized and professional because there are definitely lots of “old school” people out there who want a more “traditional” looking resume..

here is a screen shot of mine just in case this fuels any creativity for yours!

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