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What Makes a Good Graphic Design Resume
Just having design portfolio is not enough. As a graphic designer, you also need an exceptional resume that stands out. Your resume will be thoroughly scrutinised by your potential employers before they open up the portfolio. So, do not ignore or trivialise the importance of having a brilliant freelance graphic design resume. 

Resume Layout

This is an opportunity you should seize with both hands for exhibiting your creativity to potential employers. This does not mean going overboard. Rather, use it to showcase some of your design skills by adding visual elements to the resume. These can include using a grid, having a unique and eye-catching typography that is easy to read, and some good colour choices. 

Resume Font

Resume font is extremely important; make use of classical fonts to give that unique look to your resume. Avoid Times New Roman and Helvetica; instead, opt for other Serif fonts that are easy to read. Ensure that the font size is not less than 10 to 11 points, and stay away from light colours. 

What to Include in a freelance graphic design resume

There is some crucial information that should always be part of a good graphic design resume. This information is listed below in the order of importance:

Name and Contact Details:
Place you name at a location where it stands out and catches the eye immediately. 

Also known as a personal statement, your resume should mention your goals, the position you are seeking, and how the employer will benefit from hiring you. This should be brief, crisp, and to the point. 

This part of the resume should list your jobs along with title, employment dates, and a short and concise description of your responsibilities and accomplishments.

This is the portion of the resume which should include information such as the date of graduation and the college or university you attended. 

Here, you need to brag about your capabilities and the experience you have in dealing with clients, managing multiple projects simultaneously, and your overall organisational and team skills.

Software Knowledge:
List down the software you are good at, along with a brief mention about design-related skills and coding abilities. It is best to list down your software skills and knowledge in categories, so that you can cover all of your technical expertise.

Awards and Accolades:
If you have won awards or you were featured on a website or magazine, this is the place to boast about it, without going overboard.

Employers love employees who are proactive in enhancing their skills and knowledge base, and this is the place to talk about your participation in design organisations or communities. 

While it is not necessary, you should still list down your interests, so that it gives the recruiting manager an opportunity to understand you. Try and list interests that are somehow related to graphic design. 

Instead of listing referees, put in a statement that states referees are available on request.

After you pen down your resume, read it carefully and make changes to help make the sentences read better. Check the formatting, and scrutinise your graphic design resume for typographical errors and mistakes. Once you are satisfied, have a close friend read the resume to check for inconsistencies and possible errors. If all is well, you are ready to dispatch your resume.

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