helpful information and shameless self promotion

Ashley is a 22-year-old A&D alum who is drawing her way through a post-grad life.

We all know getting a job is important.  It's why we go to school.  Yes, we like to learn, but we also know that it takes money to learn...a lot of it.  At this point in my life (having just graduated from A&D), things are a bit more leisurely and less stressful, but I'm also on the brink of having to pay back my student loans.  Ah yes, summer after college.  The perfect time to revamp my résumé and apply for a 'real job'...or maybe a couple part-timers.  Whatever works.


A plus side of being an artist is that I'm not tied down to a boring, text-heavy résumé.  Oh no.  I get what we call in the biz an artist's résumé.  Just like my drawings, I get to jazz up my resume with personality.  Here's where we all get to pretend we're graphic designers.


An important thing to keep in mind is that you don't want to go overboard.  I've designed and redesigned my résumé enough times that I am only now beginning to find a happy medium.  It's important to make it interesting, but also to make it clear and legible.  Take something you like (a color, an interest, or your medium of choice), and think of how your résumé can show that you are X kind of artist.  For example, when I was really into video and animation, I made my résumé in 3D and it came with an attached pair of 3D glasses (not a joke).


Also a recent A&D graduate, Jenna Lyn Utter found her happy medium between work and play by employing a cover sheet along with the bundle of cover letter and résumé.  You can't tell here, but the floral paper is slightly transparent.  I'd hire her.




Artist résumés are allowed to be a little more personal rather than just a list of jobs and achievements.  Employers want to know what you can bring to the table, and with hiring creatives that includes knowing their personality.


[Note the 'Personal' section in Emily Skaer's résumé]




Ok, if you really need it spelled out for you...




And, finally, my current résumé.  Oh, c'mon, you knew it was coming.



I'd hire ALL of you! Best resumes ever~ thanks for the tutorial Ash!

Posted by Kath Weider-Roos on June 07, 2010





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