How to send in your CV like a F*cking Designer.

How to send in your CV like a Fucking Designer.


I’ve seen your CV and you’re doing it wrong. I know — It sounds like one of those “doing it wrong” 7-minute long reads but work with me on this. You’re gonna be the better for it.

Okays, so here’s the skinny — You’re a rookie/moderately good designer with some good work up your belt. You suddenly see a job opportunity on, say, Design JobCaster, you go like “I’ve got to get that Job!”. So you open Microsoft word and you —
Stop!

What the fuck are you doing?

You’re a designer! The rules of conventional CV creation do not apply to you because while everyone gets to send in the really boring white-paper CVs extolling their personal mission/vision, their glowing personality, how they love swimming, reading and traveling, and their profound proficiency in kissing ass , you get to send in your beautifully crafted creativity, in glorious HD. You don’t have to stick with whatever is the norm or whatever everyone works with. And you surely shouldn’t stick to what another designer did.
So why are you still sending that boring CV made in Microsoft Word?
My first CV, circa 2011
My first CV, circa 2011 — don’t Laugh




Because you’re afraid. You think there’s a procedural methodology for sending resumes/CVs and if you don’t follow it, your potential employers will penalize you and send your CV to the sin-bin. Here’s something you should know — they won’t.
The average recruiter spends 6–8 seconds looking at your CV and what she’s looking for is something that will impress her enough to give you a call. So in that time window, you’ve got to sell yourself hard. Your CV/Resume/Portfolio has to be screaming “I’m the best possible candidate for this job and if you bypass me, you’re missing out on greatness!”
*Sigh*
So here’s some age old, time-tested and proven advice.

1.) Don’t use Microsoft Word.
Don’t use Microsoft Word. Don’t send in a CV that looks like it was created in Microsoft Word. The general idea is for you to stand out from the pile of soon to be forgotten CVs and you better do damn good job while at it. Also, be sure to spell check and double check your grammar. Finally, no matter what you do, AVOID COMIC SANS. AT. ALL. COSTS!

2.) Be straight to the point.
Creative recruiters want to see what you can do. Infact they’d most likely check your portfolio before they remember to check your name. A brief, well laid out but exciting looking portfolio/CV will give them something to never forget in a hurry.

3.) Be Original
Be you. Let your persona be evident in what you do. Try not to copy or use templates. It just smacks of ‘playing it safe’ and you’re supposed to be the guy who ‘thinks like there’s no box’.

4.) Don’t lie. Seriously, don’t.
Don’t lie. If you don’t have a skill, you don’t have a skill and let that be that. If you’re not proficient at a skill and are open to learning on the job, it’d be best to state it out up front. Learning on the job is often good for both you and your potential employers.

5.) Not enough portfolio? Include a case-study.
We all want our portfolios to be seven storey high, working with the super brands, doing awesome work. Sadly, we can’t all have it big at the same time. So you check your client belt and you’ve got just two. Small, right?
A good way to fix the obvious gap in experience would be to include a self-initiated project.. Pick any brand/service/product, identify their problems/flaws/pit-falls and propose your own solutions. It shows you’ve got initiative (which happens to be a wonderful thing recruiters like to see), it displays your approach & understanding of design problems and highlights the processes you use to arrive at the creative solution. Even if you don’t get hired for this, you’ll get exposure for your work and that’s just as good.

Leslie Williams is the founder and Curator at Layrz and a Graphic Design Ninja. He puts it down as it is. Take it or leave it, he's my Boss. And, bet me, you can never go wrong reading his write-ups. For more details you can get in touch with him on Facebook

Felix Obinna

Creative Visual + UI Designer • Awesome Dude. Curator/Writer at cgminds .