Ask DN: What does your Résumé (CV) look like?

almost 9 years ago from Jonathan Shariat, Designer @ Google | Author @ O'Reilly | Podcaster @ DesignReview

  • Chris GChris G, almost 9 years ago

    Five days late to the game on this one. Oh well.

    As someone who is and has been a Creative Director in varying industries (Design, Advertising, Marketing, Tech) and has hired a good number of designers, here's my advice:

    Make sure your name is included in the filename. Seriously. This is huge. Don't send me a file named "cv.pdf" or "resume.pdf". I just got forty of those in the past hour. Send me a file that's called "chrisgovias-cv.pdf" because then you'll instantly stand out. Because I'll know who you are.

    Show me the work. Don't mess around. Just give me a link or a way to see your work as quickly as possible.

    Which leads nicely into:

    Keep it simple. I don't want decorations, illustrations, doodles, timelines or any of that stuff. Give it to me straight and simple because really, I'm going to judge you on your portfolio.

    Don't use icons or pictographs as illustrations or decorations. They're meant for signage or for situations where words are insufficient/inappropriate. If you use them just to add some visual flair to your résumé or CV, I'm going to assume you're lazy.

    It's not ok for your résumé to be an image file. A web-compressed JPG? A lossless PNG? Either way, I'm going to assume you don't know what you're doing

    2 points