- Your updated portfolio on your website
- A resume highlighting your creative work
- Printed concentration statement
What to Include in Your Resume
- What you have done job-wise and creatively. Could include your work in Design Studio or NAHS. Special projects you have designed or been a part of. Anything to show you have done work in outside of, and in addition to the classwork.
- A List of Your Publications and/or Awards: Also, if you have work chosen to be in art shows or in the permanent gallery.
- Your Education: "A degree in graphic design or anything relevant to your creative field should certainly be highlighted, and this is even more important if you are a recent graduate. " For you include that you have taken courses in Career and Technical Education (CTE). This is a huge selling point. Don't forget your AP Studio art class!
- Computer Skills: "If these aren't listed, I'm going to assume you don't have these skills versus the other way around," Stites says. "It's also important to include whether your background is Macintosh, PC or both."
Your Online Portfolio (on your Weebly site) Make sure to update it!
Although it's OK to include brief project and accomplishment highlights on the resume, Burke and Stites agree that in creative fields, the proof is in the portfolio.
"This is where you prove your value," says Burke. "Portfolios that impress me most are well-organized and well-thought out. A portfolio should tell a story as opposed to being just a random sampling of pieces. You can also design your portfolio as a case study, and this is where you can include your accomplishments, such as outcomes/results of campaigns you've worked on, if known."
Portfolios are so important that Stites advises recent graduates to concentrate first on building their book versus focusing on salary. "Do volunteer or nonprofit work at first to build your portfolio,” she recommends. “Create some real-world samples of your work." Class work or projects completed during internships are also good ways to build an initial portfolio.
Click to see the entire article: Resume Tips for Creative Professionals By Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume Expert
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