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Graphic Design Resumes: Plain or Different? Part II

bullseyeTargeted Resumes
In Graphic Design Resumes: Plain or Different - Part II, we'll show examples of resumes that are specifically created to draw the interest of a particular type of employer in graphic design, illustration, or other connected field.

These resumes are targeted towards the potential hirer much like how advertising is aimed at a specific demographic group.

The following resumes are truly unique and attention getting. After we go over each one we'll discuss when, if ever, it is appropriated to submit resumes of this nature.

In creating these resumes, the individuals truly must have used what they learned at their graphic design schools to create these interesting documents.
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A Video Game Resume
game-resumeIf you have ever played an RPG (role playing game) or a shooter, you'll recognize the resume format immediately. This industrious job seeker has taken on the motif of a video game status screen.

He included his various talents and skills and rated them according to a video game format that indicates the strengths and weaknesses of a game character.

But in this case, he has substituted the game attributes for his design and animation skills. Why did he do this? He's applying for a job as a video game animator.

The resume shows style, creativity, and a sense of humor. To see the resume, click on the image.
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infographics-resumeA True Graphic Artist Resume
In this example, the resume writer has elected to format his document in the form of a business graphics report. Pretty cute, eh? It serves to show off his design skills while also adding a little humor to his resume as well.

He pie-charts and graphs his skills and shows his daily routine through the use of a 3D graph. He even registers how much coffee intake he has during the day.

A time-line shows his work experience and time worked at various locations.

The resume is colorful and attention getting. To see the resume, click on the image.

horror-movie-resumeA Horror Filled Multimedia Resume
I couldn't stop reading and smiling at this particular resume.

The creator of this document is seeking employment as a multimedia specialist. And what better way to sell yourself than to create a movie poster of your abilities, skills, and talents?

The resume reflects a creative, if not slightly off-beat, mind behind the document. It is certainly entertaining, and shows a person who has a sharp wit.

Definitely worth a second look by the human resources department or hiring manager. To see the resume, click on the image.
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professional-artistic-resumeProfessional Artistic Resume
Perhaps you'd feel a little more comfortable submitting a creative resume that is a little more subdued.

The following example is what you are looking for. This resume lists the qualifications that are normally found on a standard resume - work experience, education, graphic arts skills, and computer software abilities, but in a creative way.

In this case, the resume artist has included the logos for all the popular graphics software that is used in graphic design. By incorporating these elements into his resume, he creates a nice piece of eye-candy for the viewer while also informing the employer of his abilities.

To see the resume, click on the image.
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question-markShould You or Shouldn't You?
A resume should give a clear summary of your skills, education, work experience, and your goals. How you package this information is a judgment call. You have to consider what type of firm you are seeking employment from. If it is a firm known for being creative and cutting edge, a creative resume may work.

If the firm is more traditional in nature, you may want to take the approach of an artistic, but more subdued resume to catch the eye of the hiring personnel.

Regardless of which route you choose--traditional or creative, it never hurts to add a little color or design to your resume. This makes sense since your career training in a graphic design college has prepared you for projects like this. After all, you are in the creative arts.


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