Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Critical Look at Graphic Design Resumes

Recently I've started revamping my resume.  As a graphic designer I feel like in the realm of resume building and maintaining I've struggled with what the 'normal resume' looks like and what I feel my resume should look like.

Like many others in my generation, I googled it.  The results were as I suspected: graphic designers as many artists do break the mold for resume building.  Swirly images and vector graphics, they look amazing!  I understand what you want your portfolio online and your image online has to be consistent with all the fonts and colors.  Honestly, that concept comes from a yearbook class in high school.  As there is one thing to be said about being consistent an graphic designer really has to wonder:

How much is too much?

Has it been the economy that has prevented me from attaining the dream graphic design job or has it been my artfully constructed resume?  To some argue that the answer to that question is common sense.  "Artistic liberties with your resume is a bad idea.  Traditional methods are always the way to go!"

The other side of that spectrum argues that: If your thing is children illustration, make sure that as soon as they see your resume, people can realize what your specialty is without having to read a single word. If you want to inform that you’re really good at making infographics, then why not making your resume as a nice infographic?  Be creative and harness your abilities.

Some really struggle with the guidelines for resume creation in the art department and then having the resume critique center look at it.  It seems as though there was no common ground, the art department wanted to you be as creative as possible but the resume center said any creative process was distracting.

What is the eliminating factor?  Maybe generic file name? Sending a non-print quality file?  Is it a good idea to make multiples of your resume? Although you should not going to use graphic designer resume when applying for a administrative assistant job.  As always with graphic design you have to keep your audience in mind and as of late when submitting resumes, you have to feel confident that your resume will represent you.  

Have any insight on the topic?