Creative professionals often struggle with creating the perfect resume. The fact that they often bounce around from job to job until they find one that makes them tick can make it look like they are unfocused. Usually, however, they have plenty of skills and work experience — they just don’t know how to show it on their resume.
Here’s what creative professionals need to keep in mind when working on their resume:
It’s very tempting to put everything you’ve ever done in your career into your resume — no matter how big or small. The problem is that most recruiters don’t care for temp jobs you did the summer after college or other irrelevant gigs you’ve listed in your resume.
When it comes to a resume, minimalism works! A resume that is concise and focused will be preferred over one that rambles on without any real substance.
Instead of mentioning every little thing you’ve done, stick to 4 relevant work experiences that the specific recruiters you’re targeting may be interested in — anything else you put in will be considered fluff.
Most creative professionals try different kinds of jobs before they decide on what works best for them.
Graphic designers can fit into ad agencies as easily as web development companies, for example. However, when they apply for web development companies, they’ll need to list relevant work experience. They’ll have to show that they are tech savvy and know how to use web development platforms.
It helps to tweak your resume for the job you’re applying to; listing unrelated work experience may unintentionally show the recruiter that you aren’t right for the job.
If your career so far is made up of a lot of short stints at different kinds of companies, then it helps to “itemize” your work experience instead of listing it in chronological order.
Listing lots of jobs that you’ve had for short durations tells recruiters that you struggle with keeping jobs. Itemizing your work experience is a simple way of covering the durations of your jobs; it draws the focus to the type of jobs you’ve had instead of how long you were there for.
If you’ve held multiple jobs as a copywriter, have a paragraph that concentrates only on them. If you’ve taken on photography projects in the past, dedicate an entire paragraph to just that.
Creative individuals usually work on an array of projects that show off their skills. Why write down all you’ve done when you can show it instead? Visuals pack a punch — they’re much more powerful than words.
Since most resumes are sent over email/online portals now, you have the option of making them interactive. Add links to your resume that take the recruiter to your portfolio so they can take a look at your skills in action.
Put your creativity to work and convert a standard Word document into something that’s interesting to look at. Creative individuals have some room to play with design and colors on their resume without coming across as someone who isn’t serious about their application.
Spruce up your header and add a few pops of color here are there. Don’t go too crazy, though.
For creative individuals, it becomes tough to squeeze their entire work history into a single document, but they have the skills to tell their story in an impactful way without it taking up too much space.
Keep the above tips and mind and your resume will surely generate results.
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