When it comes to resumes for creative professionals, is paramount, says Adrienne Burke, a senior recruiter who has placed creative talent for the past five years. Burke's employer, Artisan, matches Web/print/multimedia designers, creative/art directors and broadcasting/copywriting talent with the staffing needs of major employers, including Accenture, the NBA, United Airlines and Sony.
"A beautiful, well-written resume is a must if you want to stand out as a creative professional,” says Burke. “Even if you're a writer and not involved in the visual arts, make sure your resume is professionally designed.”
Agrees Marti Stites, "A well-designed, nicely laid-out resume in PDF format is always an asset." Stites is owner of ArtLinks, a recruitment and placement agency specializing in creative talent.
Creative Resume Design Dos and Don'ts
Burke says your resume should generate interest in you. "In the creative field, you have to serve as your own publicist, and your resume should serve as an example of your talent and reflect your personality."
Burke likes to see resumes use a distinctive type style that stands out yet is easy to read. Both she and Stites are impressed by resumes with elegant design and well-organized content. Cutesy graphics, unclear illustrations, cartoonish fonts, lots of colors and slanted type are all signs of an overdesigned resume -- definite resume don'ts.
Content Is Important, Too
Although design is a key factor, it's equally important to avoid falling into the "flash over substance" trap when writing your creative resume, say both recruiting professionals.
"Creative pros have to include quality content in their resumes as well," says Burke. "It can't be just about the design." (See a .)
Also, . Yes, you're in a creative field, but rolling your resume up inside a balloon or stuffing your presentation envelope with confetti are not the right ways to showcase your talent.
What to Include in Your Resume
What to include in your resume
Your resume should include your contact details, education, employment history, and the contact details for your referees. You can also include a statement of your career objective, relevant computer skills, relevant professional affiliations and other relevant skills (for example, languages). Some people like to include information about their hobbies and interests so that the employer can get to know more about their personality and interests outside of work.
Key information that should be included:
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