Should a Graphic Designer Have a Creative Resume? – ZipJob

Dec 6, 2017

Written by Caitlin Proctor

Written by Caitlin Proctor

Career Expert, ZipJob

An average of 250 resumes are sent for a single opening. See how Zipjob uses professional writers and technology to get your resume noticed.

Those in graphic design and other creative fields often put together creative resumes in hopes of “standing out” – but it usually works against them. Many others in the creative field  also often submit creative resumes (UX Designers, photographers, interior designers).

Remember that the hiring manager is not hiring you based on the aesthetics of your resume. They’re looking at your experience, education, skills and other relevant information.

Here is an example of a creative resume:

Creative Resume Graphic Design

Here are other reasons you shouldn’t use a creative resume along with the type of resume format a graphic designer should use.

4 Reasons Graphic Designers Should Never Use a Creative Resume

1. Hiring Managers Prefer a Traditional Resume Format

Most hiring managers prefer a traditional resume format. When they’re looking at hundreds of resumes per day – the last thing they want to come across is something that looks like an art project. It’s often hard for a hiring manager to look at a creative resume and quickly find the information they need and when that happens, the resume is often rejected.

2. It’s Hard to Tailor a Creative Resume

You should be slightly tailoring your resume to each position you apply to and that is really difficult to do with a creative resume. Editing graphics, images or even just text is usually a hassle with a creative resume.

3. Getting Past Applicant Tracking Systems  

Most companies today use what’s called an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). These systems automatically scan your resume to determine if you’re a good match for the position. It does this by scanning your resume for keywords, experience, education and other important factors.

You can see more information here on how to see if your resume is ATS friendly.

Creative resumes with fancy designs, colors, graphics and fonts have a difficult time getting read by an ATS. When that happens – the resume is automatically rejected.

4. Unprofessional

Whether or not you’re targeting a job in graphic design, you need to make a professional first impression. Although a creative resume could look pretty awesome – it just doesn’t have a professional feel to it.

What Type of Resume Should a Graphic Designer Use?

A graphic design should use a traditional resume format just like everyone else.

You would of course want to include links that showcase some of your work but the “creative design” should be left off of your resume. Stick to a traditional chronological or functional resume format.

Here is a good example of a resume for a graphic designer:


Even a graphic designer should use a traditional format as it’s what both hiring managers and ATS systems prefer. The aesthetics of your resume have no effect on the hiring managers decision. Using a creative or infographic resume with colors, designs, fancy fonts and graphics will only do more than good.

The only time you should use a creative resume is if you are certain that the employer prefers one.  There are many resume builders that can help you put together a creative resume.

Good luck with your job search!

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