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Rock Your Graphic Design Resume

Rock Your Graphic Design Resume

Wouldn’t it be great to just design for design’s sake? If only there were money in that! But graphic design is a job, like any other job. And looking for a job requires a killer resume. On this week’s show we lucked out into getting certified resume writer extraordinaire and published author Kristen Fischer to sit in with us and dish out some excellent resume advice just for graphic design professionals. We discuss what should be included, what should be left out, and we answer the biggest question about graphic design resumes: how much “design” is too much? We also talk a bit about the do’s and don’ts of graphic design cover letters.

Since we have been getting so many great listener questions, we have decided to skip “Do Yourself a Favor” for the time being, and instead, we will answer two listener questions per episode, starting with this one.

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The resume featured in the image above is courtesy of Bernice Beltran. (Creative commons attribution)

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October 17, 2012

You mentioned that you’ve been in the situation where you’re estimate came way over the actual hours you put into the project. When that happens, do you bill them for the actual hours or keep it at the estimate knowing that you might be short on the next one?



    October 18, 2012

    Hey Jonathan,

    Yes — I absolutely bill the client with actual hours and keep myself honest! (I did end up apologizing to this particular client for contributing an estimate that was a bit off from the actual, total hours.)

    And, I’ve absolutely learned the hard way that if I don’t ‘buffer’ cost estimates with extra time / money, then I cut myself short and don’t gain the funds that I deserve for any given project.

    I hope this is helpful!


Ilyse Sheppard

October 29, 2012

What are your thoughts on including/incorporating a photo of yourself on a resume?


    Wes McDowell

    October 30, 2012

    Ilyse… I don’t think there is ever a reason to do that, unless you’re trying to get a job as an actor or model. Even then, they use a photo where it is appropriate, not on their resume. Its true that people want to do business with a “real person,” and photos can be great on your website. But leave them there, and off the resume.



    November 12, 2012

    When I worked in HR for a large company, we were instructed to black out any photos on resumes. This is to avoid any unfair judgement of people based on how they look. Of course if employers want to see what you look like they can check out your profile pic on social media sites.


    Kristen Fischer

    November 13, 2012

    Photos, I would say, are unnecessary. Put a link to your site and put a headshot on your bio page!


Bernice Beltran

January 19, 2013

Hi! I’m happy to see my CV here! No wonder it got more views than the usual. Thanks for the linking my behance! : )


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