Graphic Design CV’s (How To)

Your CV or resumé will be one of between 20 and 100 that the lady in human resources have to wade through today. And let’s be honest, it’s a terribly boring job, looking at CV after CV. You studied this, worked there, you live for graphic design, yada yada. They’re all the same.

The lady in human resources is tempted to open, scan for something interesting and drop your CV on the “no” pile.

In fact, that is exactly what she is doing. Half of the CV’s on the “no” pile were not read.

Is that unfair to the applicants?

Maybe it is, but maybe graphic design companies rightly expect more from applicants who claim that they have creativity wired into their DNA.

This probably applies to creatives applying for any job, but I’ll stick to graphic design.

Given your proficiency with graphic design software, why do you send your CV in Word format? You can design, right? You can use awesome graphics to sell stuff? Show the lady in human resources that you are not a CV sending drone intent on adding to her misery. Make her smile. Make her remember your CV. And, for the love of Pete, send it in PDF format!

A word of caution: Don’t go ape either. You’re a designer, but also a professional. Keep it light.

While we are on the topic…

I occasionally receive email applications like this one:

“hi andre. attachjed please find my cv and sum examples of my sum of my designs. thanks. julie.”

Dear Julie,

Did you fall on your head as a child?

Is this a temporary impairment or will the emails that you send to my clients also come out of your arse? I’m sure that you are a wonderful person, but the home for the criminally incompetent is further down the street, on the left. If you have any trouble finding it, just ask the bum with the crazy eyes. He also is a really wonderful person, once you get to know him.

Spend time crafting your intro email. It is at least as important as your CV. It’s my glimpse at the person behind the qualifications – behind the formal face of the CV. Julie wasted a perfect opportunity here. Instead, she illustrated a complete lack of pride in her work.

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  • IndieDes

    “will the emails that you send to my clients also come out of your arse”


  • IndieDes

    “will the emails that you send to my clients also come out of your arse”


  • BlackBarry

    It’s funny but too harsh. New designers need to be molded. I think you are the one missing an opportunity to start from carte blanche with a designer.

  • Anonymous


    Thanks for your opinion.

    I don’t agree. It’s an employers market. Designers need to pull their fingers out of their ears and make themselves valuable. The competition is immense so to an ever greater degree I think we will see mediocrity fade into the background. Julie was one of about 30 applicants that day. Her application was the worst.

    Mind you, her CV might have been good. Her designs might have been great, but I didn’t get past her email.

    I can work with a fresh designer to mold her, but teaching them English is a bit of a stretch, in my opinion.

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  • Asa

    I recently had to view a number of professional artist resumes and, overall, it was less than pleasant. Part of the reason that this experience left something to be desired was the disorganization I encountered. One resume did not have the artist’s name at the top – if this artist had been picked, there would have been NO WAY to contact her! Several resumes did not include basic contact information. Others included lengthy descriptions of professional experiences that had nothing to resume cover letter do with one’s art career, and still others were difficult to navigate, with pages and pages of small-type font. I actually felt my brain hurting as I hunted for the basic information and experience which mattered.