In order to create a good impression on a prospective employer, it’s important that your CV and portfolio represent you as a designer and are easy to understand. Most professions would make do with a standard word document with plain text, and that’s what I currently have, but in the design industry you aren’t so much assessed by your qualifications as much as your creative abilities. One way to instantly display you design abilities is through your CV, by making it well designed, visually interesting and representative of your style.
I set about researching some creative CVs to inspire and inform the design of my own CV.
This example I found has a simple colour scheme with out imagary but I felt it was hard to read through. It all seems very compact and blocks of text aren’t given enough room to comfortably read. I like the use of icons to symbolise software and areas of interest.
Though there is a lot of information being presented on a CV, I don’t think a method like this is useful. I find it very fatiguing to try and decipher what the graphs and charts are trying to say. For the simple information being communicated on a CV I feel like this kind of visualisation is overboard and too complex.
Having spoken to people who have dealt with looking through CVs as an employer, they emphasised the importance of the CV being legible and easy to follow. As a graphic designer it can be tempting to design a CV like you would a poster or leaflet, but you can end up over engineering it like this example. It becomes hard to retrieve simple information and when they are looking through potentially hundreds of CVs, yours will quickly leave a bad impression.
This one does a better job of breaking up the information on it. The information is seperated and clearly labeled. The one thing that I don’t like that I see on other CVs is using a star/rating system to visualise you skill level in somthing. In this case pyramids are used to represent their skill sets on an out of 6 scale. For me this is kind of aribitrary and it doesn’t give any idication of what 6 pyramids means and what 4 or 3 pyramids mean. Plus other people are going to use out 5 systems or bar charts and it ends up being quite confusing.
After doing some research into creating a creative CV I feel as though I have a good foundation to start updating my CV and trying to create a well designed first impression.
I’m Aidan Moore, a Graphic Design student at University Centre St Helens.
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Based in St Helens, Merseyside, UK