As a web designer, your portfolio will do most of the talking when you apply for jobs, but it's important to have a resume available if a potential employer or client requests one. A resume allows you to highlight your qualifications, and it helps to back up the talent demonstrated in your portfolio. While writing a web design resume is similar to writing a resume for any other industry, you'll want to focus closely on your experience relevant to design. Of course, your resume should also demonstrate your creativity.
Creativity and Color
While the standard black-and-white resume is appropriate in any sector, web designers are able to infuse their resumes with creativity. Some designers turn their resumes into elaborate infographics, complete with drawings, borders and mixed typography. Others keep their resumes a bit more simple by only using text, but incorporate bold fonts and eye-catching colors to give their resumes a bit of personality. As a designer, think of your resume as a direct extension of your portfolio, and assume the client has never seen your work before. Design your resume as though it's the first piece of your work a client will see, and incorporate your personal style so it meshes with the rest of your work.
Objective statements are a common element of resumes, but according to an article in "U.S. News & World Report," they aren't very effective when it comes to capturing an employer's attention. Instead of wasting valuable space on your resume with an objective that's likely to go unread, compose a strong personal statement that will tell potential clients why you are special. Talk about your personal attributes, your mission and your values as a web designer. Discuss what makes your professional experience different from the experiences of others. Conclude your statement by telling the reader why you would be a great asset to her company or why you're the best designer to tackle her next project.
Education and Experience
Limit the experience you list on your resume to design-related jobs you've held, as irrelevant work experience won't help you stand out as a designer. Include any formal or informal training and education you have in web design, such as technical courses you've taken, degrees you've earned or certifications you possess. If your degree isn't in computer sciences or a design-related field, it's still OK to list it on your resume so potential employers or clients can see that you have a formal education in your background.
Clients and Portfolio Information
A resume can only provide the reader with information regarding your experience, so you need to direct a reader to places he can see your work first-hand. When writing your contact information, include the web address to your professional website, especially if you have a portfolio posted online. While compiling a list of your experience, include clients you have worked with so the reader can visit their sites to see the design work you completed for each.
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