hello again, I want to get feedback with other designers about my resume. My company is not paying me properly, so I am actively looking for another job. Sadly, it's been 4 months now, and I only received emails that they went with another applicant. Can I please ask what I'm doing wrong. Thank you! Thank you!

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You need a portfolio not a resume. Your resume needs to be in bullet points not paragraphs, no one wants to read paragraphs, make it scannable. But ultimately if you're looking for a graphic design job, you need to SHOW your skills.


Yeah post your portfolio here!

Hello fellow Academy alumn!

Some small notes for you resume:
—Job title (and presumably hidden name) are falling off of the grid. Looks like it needs to be shifted right.
—Rag is sloppy, would work on the typesetting a little bit (and bullets might be better than big blocks of text, it’s hard to read as is)
—Right now I’m not entirely clear what type of design you are doing in your current role. Are you working on campaigns, branding, etc?
—Add company names and a portfolio link

Overall your resume is more for recruiters than hiring managers. CDs care more about your book than anything else. Your resume is 90% of the way there. Finish that up today and really focus on your portfolio.

It can help to go on LinkedIn and find designers are agencies/companies that you admire. Look at how they are presenting their work and take inspiration from them. The goal is to work towards being that caliber since you know that’s who these companies are hiring.


Thank you so much! I really really appreciate it. I did hid my logo (left side) and other information maybe that’s why my job title has shifted to the left. I will make my resume into bullet points. Thank you again fellow alumni!


I just posted an open position on my team. I got 500+ applications. Think about what you would want to see if you had to read all those cv’s. Bullet points with clear accomplishments. Nothing vague. Use keywords (yes keywords)! That will help match you against the profile being advertised. Companies who get 100’s of cv’s use keyword searches to match and filter cv’s down to the set of best matches. You are a Graphic designer. Don’t use a standard template. Design something original that emphasises your skill set. Good luck!

Create 2 versions o your resume, one in word in a simple format with bullets and standard headers that allow for recruiters to search and find keywords. Join LinkedIn and dig around to find out what other people are doing in similar roles at a company / industry you're interested in. If you have a portfolio or website, throw your resume up there too. Good luck

First of all, your resume doesn’t have any “cardinal crime”. Everybody’s comments are great and I will write what I see. But I can’t imagine that this would block anyone from contacting you.

So I’m curious how far you get with your applications. Are you getting a lot of first interviews? Second? Or are you not getting many responses? Knowing where your main drop off spots are may help me guess what the issues may be.

In any case, your resume could be more focused, more substantive. It comes across as a bit chest-puffing — inflated descriptions to make yourself seems more awesome than you already are — and that can have adverse effects.

Since you don’t have a lot of experience you may feel the need to fill the page. But your description is so long and convoluted it’s really hard to know just what you are doing. In general, my advice is always:

1. Talk about accomplishments and impact wherever you can. Not just what you have done
2. Be concise. Use bullet points.
3. Were you client facing? If so, list them for sure.

To fill out your page, feel free to list your volunteering and other community, leadership experiences. People LOVE that.

Your skills area come across as possibly inflated. I have been in the field for 30 years and I don’t have *all* those skills. If your portfolio shows works that demonstrate those skills, discuss those there. Then you have visuals to back them up.

What do you see as a skill and what do you see as an expertise? Another small thing that make you look a bit chest-puffing ESPECIALLY since you don’t list sketch and figma. Those are so easy to learn and everybody’s using it. Learn them and put those in.

There are some other areas that may also help. Are you looking for print or digital work? For print, do you know prepress and print spec? For digital, do you know css, design specs, some of those would be nice to highlight if you do know since they do usually fall on a more junior person.

But like I said. Nothing here per se would stop me from contacting you so think about where people usually drop off and let’s start there…

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