Well, now you have gotten yourself a good education in graphic design, perhaps even a degree, and trying to explore your opportunities in the job market. Soon enough you realize that your portfolio is just not enough to land you a great job with the best firm.  Your skills, work history, presentation and even the quality of your social network and online footprint can make a difference in landing you that dream job or one you’re forced to take just so you can pay the bills.

When it comes to presenting yourself as a graphic designer, your visual graphic design resume’ can make a huge impact and even the choice of paper you print your resume on will reflect on how you plan/present things through to completion.

Amidst all the creative elements, below are some of the must-haves in any creatively designed resume’s:

Welcome Message

Write something pleasant that is inviting and encourages the reader to further read and explore your CV. You can also list your objectives as to why you are applying for such position.

Contact Information

Clearly list all possible ways you can be reached. Here is where you can showcase your online footprint by providing listing your blog, website, online resume, online portfolio, social media presence and more.

Define your skills

Break down your skill sets to a few simple categories. Make it easier for reader to understand your expertise, specialties and capabilities. For example if you have done some great print design for most of your career, you can visually show that 60% of your history involves print design.


List your educational achievements complete with your accomplished degree or certificate,  date of graduation,  list awards and recognitions you’ve received that are noteworthy.

Work History

Every hiring manager is interested to know where have you worked, your responsibilities there and how you contributed to these companies. Provide details and state, if not show, how you were a valuable contributor – information that all hiring managers are looking for/want to see in resumes.


Mentioning that you have great references will also help you land great positions. Of course, your references must be credible, real people in order for these information to matter on your CV.

There are a whole bunch of other useful information that you can add to your resume. However which way you design and organize yours, ensure that the presentation is concise, clear and, aligned with your objectives. Break information in smaller chunks and utilize your creative talents in doing so.






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