9 things recruiters and hiring managers are looking for in an art and design resume
Be specific where you’ve worked, and do list as much experience as you can. Unlike other resumes, an art and design resume is one where you want to highlight all experience you have accumulated no matter the duration of the project. This helps to highlight different skills, such as flexibility in work and deadline-management.
Most Proud of
While you may use a resume as an opportunity to document all the great work you’ve been involved in to date, the most proud of section is essential to bring attention to 2 things: call-out accomplishment you want hiring managers to be aware of, and show who you are as a person and the things you care most about.
This one is self-explanatory. Do not rely on the experience section to convey to the recruiters your technical acumen. Make sure to leverage the Skills section as a relatability tool, ranking all the skills you possess that are an exact match for what the role needs. It’s best if your experience section shows how you can apply these skills to have an impact. In this example, Aleksandra listed Web Design and UX among others as top skills as they related to the role that she was applying for.
Similar to experience, if there are any specific projects that you can think of that stood out to you, be sure to include them - listing your specific focuses and deliverables that you spearheaded. In this example, they also included a link to their Behance profile to illustrate their work.
Depending on where you are in the world, as teams continue to grow multinationally and culturally, additional languages become a huge asset to have. Not only do they portray a candidate who will be able to effectively communicate in various languages, but it also shows flexibility to different styles of working and open-mindedness to new ways of thinking. If you have any languages, even if just an elementary command of them, jot them down here.
Awards, like other sections in the resume, help to tell a compelling story about you by building instant credibility in the minds of hiring managers and recruiters. Do not worry if your projects are not an exact match of what the role asks for, but if it conveys other transferable skills that could be deemed valuable.
We consider this one an accompaniment to the Skills section above. Use this section to list down all the industry standard technologies you work with, as well as any other softwares that you may be familiar with.
Education and Courses
As in all creative arts careers, portfolio and what you’ve actually worked often is valued higher than any specific education. However, this provides a solid backbone for your entire resume and body of experience - so do make sure to include the highest level of education you have attained.
Separately, you may choose to also list any relevant courses you’ve accomplished, especially if you know that those are relevant to the role. Nothing is too small to mention, for all of this helps build a well-rounded image of how much you’ve done and how much you’ve learnt.
How to get a referral on LinkedIn for the Art role you want
Generally speaking, you want to go on LinkedIn and search your 1st and 2nd degree contacts to see if anyone you are connected to is currently working for this company.
If not, you may do a LinkedIn groups search on graphic design, creative arts, front-end design, and web design groups, where people from that company may be members.
You may then reach out to them expressing that you are both members of so and so group, and that you’re currently interested in applying for a role at their company, if they have any advice - and if they may be able to help with a referral.
Check out our guide on getting referrals for any job you’re applying for.