The Graphic Design CV Ep35/45 [Beginners guide to Graphic Design]


– Hello and welcome to
this beginners guide series to Graphic Design. From what Graphic Design is, skills to be a Graphic
Designer, design theory, education you need, equipment you need, to the Graphic Design
portfolio and interview advice. This series is for anyone at any level. So, if you’re interested
in Graphic Design, and consider becoming a Graphic Designer, then join me as I discuss the series of Graphic Design topics. (upbeat music) So as a Graphic Designer,
when you apply for a job, you will showcase a
portfolio of your work. This will display all your creative skills and work you have done to date. As I have said in previous
episodes of the series, a good portfolio is arguably
the most important thing you will need to get a job. It is what you are judged on. However, there is something
else potential clients or employers will judge you on
and that is your experience. Now Graphic Design can be
particularly competitive. When many applicants are
applying for a position, experience can often
be the deciding factor. So as well as showcasing your work, you will need to showcase your experience. This comes in the form of a CV that will go along with your portfolio. Now I often get asked a lot of questions about the Graphic Design CV. Questions like, what makes
for a good design CV? What type of CV is best, print or digital? What should I include? How many pages should it be? How much type should I include? What are employers looking for? And what’s the best program
to use to build my CV? So in this video, I’m going to
discuss the Graphic Design CV and answer these questions. In this video, I’ll also
be sharing my experience and offer some tips for
you to keep in mind. So, the Graphic Design
CV should go hand-in-hand with the portfolio. The CV should clearly state your skills and relevant experience. Often when I apply for a job,
I will send two documents: the portfolio and the CV. So let’s look at some of those questions. So the first question is, what
makes for a good design CV? There are lots of factors
that make for a good CV, all of which you should
try and implement in yours. So first is originality. Employers will see hundreds of CVs. This is where you have
a chance to stand out and create something a little different. Here you can consider orientation, color, typography, and composition. If you have a personal
brand, you can apply it here. Well structured, now you have to imagine that the employer is
browsing through lots of CVs at a fast pace, and
chances are the employer will be looking for something specific. In my experience, presenting
a clear hierarchy is key, so throughout your CV, aim to create a clear hierarchy of information. They might only glance at your
cover page for a few seconds, so one of the first things you want them to see are your key skills. So, on your front cover, you
should consider including a list of your key design
strengths to software expertise. This will catch the
attention straightaway. If you meet the criteria,
chances are they will put your CV into the short list. Now typically you will
have to include details about your experience
and if you have a lot this can mean creating a
CV with a few more pages than you may want. If you choose to add more info, than leave that towards the back. If someone does not want
to read it, that’s fine as long as the key facts
are presented clearly first. Keep the layout simple and clear. Now employers will be
put off if the layout of a CV is too complex, too
busy, or hard to navigate. This will demonstrate poor design skills, reflect badly on you, and
discourage the reader. If you have a personal
brand, keep it subtle. The purpose of your CV is to
be read and digested quickly. The reader should be
able to digest key facts in less than a minute. Don’t distract from that. So it will help to keep
your layout nice and simple. Show you have thought about it
and taken care to compose it. This will make a good impression. Good typography, now remember an employer will be scrutinizing
everything they see from you, your portfolio, and your CV. Your CV is a representation of you. Take maximum care and make sure
your typography is flawless. If your CV is nicely
balanced, easy to read, it will make a good impression. Errors and sloppiness
will reflect badly on you. What type of CV is best, print or digital? Well today, it is very common
to send a CV over email or upload it to a portfolio design website as a PDF document. A lot of employers will be
looking at these on screen and then more than likely
will print them out. Now my advice here is
to create a digital DPF that can be both viewed
on screen and printed. This means only having
to create one document, so you could consider
creating a landscape CV as this will look nice on screen. In your PDF, you could
also include hyperlinks to your portfolio website
or social media pages. Remember, your digital CV will
also have to work in print, so try and create a clear
design with contrast between the type and any
background color you may use. If you are smart here,
you can kill two birds with one stone. What exactly should I include? So in your CV, you
should include in order, your key skills, this is
one of the first things you want someone to see. This could be a list of
your design strengths to software experience. A personal profile, so this
should be a short paragraph about yourself between 50 and 100 words. This is where you get to
say a few words about you as a person and as a designer. Here you can talk about
your particular passions, interests, and what you specialize in. This should be one of the
first things they see, so aim to have this towards the front. Education and qualifications,
this should be a breakdown of your relevant education. You don’t need to go that far back here. A list of your relevant
education regarding art to design will be best here. Work experience, so depending
on how much experience you have, this will be a list
of the places you have worked. Again, only include
design-related work experience and make sure it is in
order of most recent. For each experience,
provide a brief summary of what your role was,
your responsibility, and what you achieved. Awards, anything you can
add to give you the edge and impress your potential
employer is a bonus. If you have any design awards,
be sure to include them. Hobbies and related interests,
here is another chance to get your personality across. If you have any related
hobbies or interests, you can include these with
a brief summary of each. So, those are some key
sections to include in your CV. So, the next question is
how many pages should it be? So as you strive to create
a clear and balanced layout, you may have to spread
your CV over a few pages. The reader can always take
or leave the finer details about your experiences towards the back. How much type do I include? So as part of a simple and clear layout, try and keep type to a minimum. Try and edit the type as much as possible. Remember, the reader should
be able to digest key facts in less than a minute. Aim for bite size paragraphs
that are to the point and easily read and digested. Also when using type, try and
implement a clear hierarchy. This will help the reader
navigate through your CV and find exactly what
they are looking for. What are employers looking for? Now this really depends
on what type of job you’re looking for and at what level. Typically in the industry, there are three significant levels: junior,
middleweight, and senior. At junior level, you
may have just graduated from university or looking
to get your first job. An employer will know you won’t have much industry experience,
so will mainly be looking for potential, a good attitude, an interesting character, and passion. At more senior levels,
employers will be expecting a more unique and original CV. Employers will be focusing
more on your experience and what you have already done. Employers will be looking
for higher education, years of experience,
a proven track record, well known brands you may have worked for, achievements, awards, and responsibilities you would have had and managed. So, the last question is
what’s the best program to use to build my CV? Well when it comes to working
layout and type focused, I would always recommend Adobe InDesign. In InDesign, you also have the ability to create interactive PDFs
where you could embed links to your online media. Now if you don’t have
access to Adobe InDesign, as an alternative you can
use Adobe Illustrator. With the use of artboards,
Illustrator will enable you to create a simple document
like a CV with a few pages. So those are some factors to consider to ensure a good Graphic Design CV. If you would like to take a closer look at the lists discussed in this video, you can find out more in the PDF document that accompanies this video series. Download link is in the description. So, what do you think? Do you agree with the points I have raised or have I missed anything? Be sure to share your comments below. Well, I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did, hit the like
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and you can also follow me on Twitter at TastyTuts. Now some of you watching may not have gone through the traditional
creative education process. You may currently be in a
different career entirely and you’re thinking about a career change and getting into Graphic Design. Now you maybe wondering, is it too late for me to be a Graphic Designer? Where do I begin? And do I need to go back to school? In the next video, I’m going
to discuss these questions, recommend some approaches, and
things you can keep in mind. So, see you in the next video. (upbeat music)

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