Modern Resumes 101
A resume is a tool that allows one to land an interview; it is designed to be a ticket to a first impression. For web designers and graphic designers, content needs to be complemented with creativity; a resume that stand out from the endless piles of other resumes, from other job seekers. It is important that a resume previews the work you do. Not in content alone, but also in presentation. So in the spirit of design, it is time to make this blog a bit more interesting.
To get the interview requires action… And for some action, I will be taking my blog to an interesting place. For a better part of a week, I have been listening to The Who’s rock opera Tommy… ‘Hear me, See me’… yes, that Tommy.
So as a warning I may reference, in spirit.
This week’s blog is about the job search, resume preparation and do’s and don’ ts from Dyanna Zaidman and Theresa Casarin of Creative Niche. But let me first tell you who Creative Niche are: Creative Niche is a work placement organization that specifically caters to occupation in the creative fields such as advertising, marketing and in the industry I have chosen, web design.
It would be really cool if it were possible to create a rock opera blog of my own it would be about Creative Niche. Hey that not a bad title, Creative Niche a rock opera… it would be a story of a graduate of a web design program that wants to find his way to the exciting world of digital creative.
Creative resume, turn what you have into a resume that tells you who you are, that your skills and objectives are focused. 5 second is all it takes, so it is important to be clean and clear and to the point. Like a website, people scan a page to get a sense of content and to see if the information is of value.
And what is of value? Great question! Ironically enough the answer starts with a set of questions:
Who? – Who are you targeting you resume to?
What? – What make you a good fit, are the skills you have perfect for the position?
Why? – Why are you applying, is to advance your career, make a better portfolio?This is a good question to answer first.
Where? – Where did you go to school? Where did you work before?
And How? How do you want your resume to work for you? This is your calling card, your stamp; it is used for big pitch, your one ticket to a much bigger world… I could go on spouting one-liners. But you get my point, it is important… trust me.
Contact information is important but it is the right information that should be included. No addresses – only phone and email.
Resume content needs to be accurate and focused on its objective. Designed to get the interview.
“Use action words, Mr. Baker, make them verbs.”
the author of this blog singings
Avoid pronouns, use consistent tense, no jargon or slang and
do not add oblivious points.
All should work to be a powerful way to demonstrate what you have done and what you have to offer. Present or past tense, one or the other, do not switch it up.
Resumes are not a dating profile; include interests that relate to the job
You are not blind, deaf and dumb you have professional skills, we are all design software wizards:
“Sure codes, a mean CSS, there to be a twist in the wrist? It has to be a trick!”
Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver how about other HTML and CSS code generating tools; a platform is important too, Mac OS or Windows PC or both.
The only software you have used and willing to continue to learn.
Accomplishments provide some examples; understand your role on projects:
Abilities, school projects, what did you do? —Show deliverables.
Education expected completion date, what you learned and your qualifications.
Include any freelance work, smaller projects, school projects and case studies.
Can you hear me? Dos and Don’ts
Have a personal style that pays attention to content that has a creative flare and is mindful that it is not too much and be a one-page document that is printer friendly.
Have two or three more people read your resume- the more the merrier!
Have an online presence like LinkedIn; it is an extension of your resume and you as a brand. Speaking of LinkedIn, keywords should be used, helps to optimize your online search presence.
Your profile picture should be of you smiling, teeth showing, friendly and approachable.
Online Portfolio should show examples of your work, but also your process, and thought process. What you include should be creative, make it your own, keep it updated and relevant and user-friendly.
Job hunting: take a deep breath and re-evaluate and create an action plan. Keep track of who you apply to. Make Excel your new BFF. Do your research and make an effort to outreach and put yourself out there.
So you think this is going to be a good interview?
Interview tips: Know why you want to work for an organization.
Research, research and more research.
Be prepared to answer and ask questions.
No phone during the interview turn off period; it helps to maintain the mojo.Make a follow-up – opportunity to recap. Send a letter, everyone likes to get a personalized letter.
“We are not going to take it” when badly dressed for an interview.
What not to wear: No shorts, sandals, sunglasses.
What you should wear: Business Casual, a sports coat, nice shirt, a sharp looking pair of trousers.
I will conclude by saying it can be a challenge to work through this process. But it will be well worth the effort as it will help you get the job. So good luck to me he. As luck is when preparation and opportunity meet. Thank you, Dyanna Zaidman and Theresa Casarin of Creative Niche, for providing the class with vital information in the progression of our careers.