How To Make A Graphic Design Resume | Creating And Designing Your Resume

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Creating And Designing Your Resume

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Hello, everyone, it’s! Paula, so first of all before we start this video? I want to say thank you. I feel like my audience has been growing a lot like just in the past few days, and I’m getting a lot of comments and a lot more people just talking to me, and it’s really fun, so thank you so much. If you’re new here, welcome, and also if you’re very new here and you have not even subscribed yet. Please subscribe because I make a lot of art and design related videos all the time. Yeah, hopefully that can be helpful and inspiring to. You also follow me on Instagram and Twitter at Paula, Casa. And now let’s get into the actual video today. Shall we? So in today’s video, We are covering resumes, So I’ve gotten a lot of requests for this and Im. Sorry, it took so long for me to do it, but here. I am, I’m finally on top of my game. We’re gonna discuss resumes. We’re gonna discuss content and design now. I know a lot of you are probably in school. Right now, or you are just graduating entering the work world, or maybe you just want to revamp your resume because I’m still doing that -. I’m actually in the process of revamping mine and I’ll get to why, in a minute. I am also going through this along with you So thought it would be a great time to talk about resume design. In general, now, let’s start off with the first issue that I would need to address because it’s one of the reasons that I’m actually updating my resume now, and it’s definitely a problem. It’s that companies all of their job applications. If you’re sending in your resume to these job applications, everything’s over the internet like you’re not sending in through the mail. All of your info. You’re not even calling these people you’re sending in an application online and the problem with that is that your resume is going into a system and those systems can really mess up your resume If it’s not laid out correctly. So the problem with this is that there is the designed resume and there is the normal. I would call it boring resume, or I guess designers would call it boring, but the problem is when you’re sending in these nice designed resumes that are in PDF form. Even if there is anything really different about your resume, anything really unique or even the layout is a little bit different than how a Word document would be laid out. Then the system can get confused, so it can definitely hinder your job application because they can’t read your resume obviously like. I’ve done this! I’ve dealt with this and honestly, I didn’t realize that for a while until someone brought it up that I was having a conversation with, and they’re like you almost need to have a nice designed one and a regular Word document one that just looks like a plain resume to actually submit or else These systems aren’t going to differentiate what you actually do. So my piece of advice would be to have two resumes, actually, because especially if you’re a graphic designer in the art field, you want to show that you’re creative and as a graphic designer, that’s an opportunity to even show some of your design skills in your resume, so it’s good to have the normal, boring one, but also have your nice design one, especially if you’re sending it to a specific studio that you know, you’re getting a person to look at it, or if you’re emailing someone out of the blue to send them your resume or whatever those situations, you definitely want your nice design when you don’t want to be just the business business business one all the time, you know what? I’m saying so let’s go through the resume content checklist. I actually made a checklist for you, and we’re gonna go through it now. So your number one thing you need to have an intro for yourself, so that can be like, literally. Two words like you know your name Graphic designer. But then also you can have like a little mini intro, Not like a paragraph, Not a full paragraph, Just a few sentences to introduce who you are. So if I were to use myself as an example, that’d be like Paola. CASA is a freelance graphic designer and youtuber who creates content relating to art and design online. So that’s it. That’s really all you need, but an intro is a really great way to just showcase who you are. Resumes are typically one page, so keep it short and sweet, so the second thing that you want to have on your resume checklist is your education so depending on your education and when it was. I feel like that is how you will decide where it goes on your actual page in your layout. So mine is toward the top because it’s one of my most recent accomplishment because it’s important, but like a client that I recently had that I did a resume design for her education. Was she graduated like 10 years ago, so her education she wanted at the bottom. She specifically asked for it, and I realized that’s a really good idea because you know her depth of work and field of work is so much bigger than her education, and it’s so much more important Now. Me, I’m still showing that I’ve recently gotten my degree, and you know, it’s important to me to have that at the top, so it’s up to you how you choose to display your education. If you’re really proud of the school you went to, and you went to like a top design school. Cool, that’s great, like, put that at the top. It’s not always the most important thing to have the best education. So it’s up to you where you put it, but definitely have your education on your resume. Okay, so next on the checklist skills, so skills are important to have on your resume, Of course, if you want to show that you’re good at things, but there’s a way to do it that I think is not beneficial in a way that is beneficial And that is like I’ve seen this all over the Internet, Unlike the nice resume design examples, all of those things like, and it’s a lot of them and it’s those little bars that are slick skills and they show. I’m gonna show it right here. That’s what I’m talking about like. It shows how good you are at something and it’s like, really good at this. I’m not so good at this compared to the other thing, like that’s what I think is bad about it because that’s showing that you’re like I’m really at this. I’m not so good at this like I’m okay at this. And why would you want to show that on your resume? Like if you’re writing? That skill is your skill, then that’s it, you’re good at it. That’s your skill you don’t have to tell someone how good you are at it like you’ve written down, It’s your skill, so I think just leave the little antics out of it, especially when it comes to design choices because that is not going to help you. You want to show, you know, specifically? What programs you’re really good in? If you’re a designer, you want to show like your artistic skills if that’s important to you if you’re into illustration, write down illustration as a skill and there’s so many things that you can write down that potential employers will find really interesting, so look into what makes you unique. Write it down and don’t write down that. You’re okay at some things and create at other things because that’s not gonna help you. So the fourth thing on the resume checklists that. I think it is important to have is your exhibition and award section. So this is really specific to artists and designers so here we are. I think it’s important to show exhibitions that you’ve participated in any shows that you’ve applied to and got accepted into, which is always a great way to show that your art is being accepted into, you know, gallery spaces or even student shows and then also any awards or scholarships you’ve gotten for your artistic or design skill, so that is really important to share because I think it just shows that you’re a well-rounded person in all of your work and that you’re participating in more things that are self-initiated, and, of course, the last thing on your resume checklist that you need to have is your work experience. That’s the most important thing, but you know. I saved the best for last because I had to. Keep you on your toes. So this is another reason. I am updating my resume currently because I decided that I need to include my freelance work. So work experience. Obviously you want to write down places. You worked that pertain to what you want to do. So do not write that you worked at Panera in high school. If you want to get a graphic design job and not, that is a bad thing, but it has nothing to do with what you’re doing now. So leave it off. What you want to put is all relevant. Work, experience, internships, student work work that was in a professional capacity and also freelance work. So that’s why. I’m updating my resume. I’m adding in specific freelance work. And what kind of tasks I have done? What kind of clients I’ve worked with making it clear that I am a freelance designer, so that’s why I’m updating, and also you should definitely include that. Because if you’re currently freelancing, you should talk about what kind of clients you’re working with. And what kind of projects you’re doing, so that’s about all you need to know for your resume content, but then we get into the design. So in your design, you want to figure out your branding? Branding is so important. If you have a logo, that is yours, definitely put that at the top. Put that as your main your main thing before you introduce yourself. And in branding, you need to decide if you want to use a logo or not. If you don’t want to use a logo, then pick a nice typeface, write out your name at the top and like a bolder typeface than the rest of it, make it stand out and along with branding. You want to choose your colors? So what kind of colors are you into? Do you have a specific brand color? Do not overwhelm your resume with color. Don’t do a whole background color. No, keep it, keep it a white background, but you know, if you want to do like a line underneath, you can do an accent color or, you know, just little things. You can put your caption in that color like the graphic design or like you’re heading, so there’s just a few little moments where you can use color and don’t overuse color and do a bunch of different ones, so pick one stick to it. Make it be your brand and of course on your resume. You need to have your website if you do not have a website, get a website. I have a video about where I get my website and how I’ve set it up. Go check that out. The link will be in the description. I’m going to show you an example of my resume and a resume that I’ve recently done for a client. I’m going to blur any sensitive information, so I’m sorry if it’s like a little bit confusing, but this is just to show and compare different layouts, so my resume includes my color. That is my brand. I would say I mean, I think. I’ve changed it around a little bit, but I still keep that consistent color because it’s in my logo, and then I have the pink in the lines, so my resume is laid out a little bit different. It’s all pushed to the center and left aligned and right aligned and I really like it because it looks like clean and minimal, and it does maintain my style. I’m thinking about updating it, but this is a good example just to show you an interesting layout that you can do. I’m thinking I might change it just because my style has changed in the past few years since I’ve made it. I think I did a great job with my resume, but you know, I might update it. As time goes on and this is the resume that I did for a recent client. So as you can see, I definitely have blurred out a lot of it, but as you can see, I have put her name at the top instead of a logo, and I’ve replaced it with my name just so you know, I don’t expose her name, but it doesn’t have a logo. It was at a nice typeface with the name, and then all of the work experience was laid out like in a more simplified way. I would say, but still pretty unique, and you know, not overcrowded, not overdone, and I think the little bit of a color axe was great, so the last thing I would say about. The design of your resume is just figuring out what kind of formats it’s going to be in. Are you going to keep it a PDF or are you also going to print it and make sure that you have that quality print and that you’re not just using printer paper, you know, use a quality paper if you’re going to be handing it in somewhere or show it showcasing it, so just figure that out what you want to do, and I know a lot of stuff is online, so you might not want to print it, but, you know, have your formats have that all figured out and use quality quality stuff. I hope you liked this video and that it was helpful for you to get some advice, especially if you’re going into the work world. Now that is a scary time. If you’re not prepared so being prepared, it is very important and hopefully you can get your resume together and feel really confident about it. So if you like this video, give it a thumbs up also, let me know what you want to see any other like professional. Help any other things that you want to know like, you know, any of you who are graduating or whatever? I’m definitely going to be making a video on freelance soon. So look out for that. And I will see you in my next video. Bye you’ve done since. Hello, what the heck bug just flew in. I think.