Graphic Designer CV: Examples & 7 Writing Tips

You know how to stand out in a crowd. How to stand out on a wall. How to stand out in the depths of the internet. You create designs that captivate. 

 

So, how can we make your graphic designer CV stand out in the pile? A blank piece of paper with just a QR code in the middle? A minimalist, clean design? A wild, extravagant explosion?

 

Don’t worry, I’m not going to make recommendations on the colour palette or the composition. This guide and graphic design CV examples will show you what information to include, and how to present it, before you let your artistic flair run. 

 

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Graphic designer CV example

 

Edward Todd

32 Freezeland Lane

Crabtree

RH13 4GP

078 1946 8978

ed@todd.com

behance.com/edtodd

 

Dependable freelance graphic designer with 6+ years of agency and freelance work including web sites, web apps, software UI, and illustration. Won 2018 Creative Europe Animation competition. Consistent delivery on clients expectations with minimal redrafts. Independently handled 25+ graphics tasks a day at DesignHub. Seeking to apply proven skills to an agency position at Media House.

 

Work Experience

 

Graphic Designer

Self-Employed

March 2014–Present

  • Consistently delivering 100 hour of paid graphic design work a month for corporate, business, and individual clients.
  • Consistently conceptualising, and visualising website designs, brand identities, software and app UI, and illustration.
  • Retainer contracts for maintenance work with 12 corporate and business clients.
  • Completed entire visual overhaul projects for brands and businesses.
  • Proven track record of meeting client expectations with minimal redrafts through active listening and negotiation. 

 

Graphic Designer

DesignHub, London

December 2016–June 2019

  • Independently handled 25+ graphics tasks a day, including preparing photos for online and print publications, retouching, mockups.
  • Provided main graphic design for 30+ corporate client projects with a total value of £400k.
  • Trained and supervised a junior graphic designer to perform routine tasks for retainer clients. 

 

Education

 

(2.1) BA Graphic Design, June 2014

Kingston University London, Kingston

 

Skills

 

  • InDesign
  • CorelDRAW
  • QuarkXPress
  • Adobe Suite
  • Blender

 

Awards

 

  • 1st Place ($5000) — 2018 Creative Europe Animation competition

 

That’s the blueprint for a graphic design CV. Now here’s a sketch to write your own CV:

 

1. Write a graphic designer CV personal statement

 

Sure, it’s your portfolio that stands the best chances of capturing someone’s attention. But they did ask for the CV. The best way of captivating someone’s attention with your graphic designer CV—apart from reinventing the form—is with a strong personal statement (also known as a CV summary).

 

One that hooks the reader in with immediate appeal to their needs, and provides solid reasons to keep reading, or to check out the portfolio. To write a striking personal statement, answer the following questions in one sentence each:

 

  1. Who are you, what’s your experience?
  2. What type of projects are you experienced in delivering?
  3. What’s your most impressive/relevant achievement?
  4. What’s your most unique achievement?
  5. What are you hoping to be able to achieve in this job? (Think about the employer, not yourself).

 

The personal statement will write itself if you approach it after you finish your graphic design CV.

 

Graphic designer CV personal statement

 

Dependable freelance graphic designer with 6+ years of agency and freelance work including web sites, web apps, software UI and illustration. Won 2018 Creative Europe Animation competition. Consistent delivery on clients expectations with minimal redrafts. Independently handled 25+ graphics tasks a day at DesignHub. Seeking to apply proven skills to an agency position at Media House.

 

A strong CV summary will convince the recruiter you’re the perfect candidate. Save time and choose a ready-made personal statement written by career experts and adjust it to your needs in the LiveCareer CV builder.

 

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2. Write your graphic designer CV job description

 

Your portfolio speaks for itself. That will show your style and your skills. Your CV job description is for allowing the employer to imagine the impact you can make to their team or project. So specify what you specialise in.

 

Record your achievements, and showcase a range of proven experience that matches the employers expectations. Use the PAR (Problem-Action-Result) formula to help you out.

 

List 3 to 7 bullet points for your most relevant position, and rank them in order of significance under such a heading:

 

[Job Title]

[Company Name, Location]

[Dates of Employment]

 

For older positions, stick to 3 bullet points. 

 

If you've mostly worked as a freelance graphic designer, consider writing a skills-based CV (also called a functional CV). It gives prominence to your skills rather than professional experience.

 

Graphic designer CV work experience section 

 

Work Experience

 

Graphic Designer

Self-Employed

March 2014–Present

  • Consistently delivering 100 hour of paid graphic design work a month for corporate, business, and individual clients.
  • Consistently conceptualising, and visualising website designs, brand identities, software and app UI, and illustration.
  • Retainer contracts for maintenance work with 12 corporate and business clients.
  • Completed entire visual overhaul projects for brands and businesses.
  • Proven track record of meeting client expectations with minimal redrafts through active listening and negotiation. 

 

Graphic Designer

DesignHub, London

December 2016–June 2019

  • Independently handled 25+ graphics tasks a day, including preparing photos for online and print publications, retouching, mockups.
  • Provided main graphic design for 30+ corporate client projects with a total value of £400k.
  • Trained and supervised a junior graphic designer to perform routine tasks for retainer clients. 

 

3. Paint the picture of your education

 

While it is the quality of your portfolio that will dictate your employment, it will be reassuring for the employer to know you have relevant qualifications.

 

Record your degree in the following way: 

 

[Degree Class] BA [Degree Name](Year Graduated)

[University Name]

 

If you are low on practical experience, feel free to list a bullet point list of achievements, extracurricular activities and things you excelled at. 

 

Graphic design CV education section

 

Education

 

(2.1) BA Graphic Design, June 2014

Kingston University London, Kingston

 

4. List your relevant graphic design skills

 

For graphic designers, soft skills matter far less than the software and mediums you have mastered. Make a list of the hard and IT skills and software packages you have that correlate with the employer’s expectations, and create a skills section.

 

Your personal statement and job description will show exactly what impact you can make, your portfolio will show what you can do, and this section explains how you do it. It is a place to show that you match the expectations of the employer, not to brag about irrelevant skills.

 

Graphic designer CV skills 

 

Skills

 

  • InDesign
  • CorelDRAW
  • QuarkXPress
  • Adobe Suite
  • Blender

 

5. Add additional sections to your graphic designer CV

 

Additional sections can round out your CV. If you were mainly a freelancer, you could add a Notable Projects section. Otherwise, awards, certifications and languages are safe bets.

 

Make sure these sections are relevant and demonstrate your complexity. Yoga is hardly relevant. So are references on a CV (recruiters know they can expect them).

 

Graphic designer CV template — additional sections

 

Awards

 

  • 1st Place ($5000) — 2018 Creative Europe Animation competition

 

Languages

 

  • German (Intermediate)
  • Italian (Basic)

 

6. Write a graphic designer cover letter

 

In a world where the work speaks for itself, the second place where you will be able to explain yourself is the interview. Your graphic designer cover letter being the first one. Here, you can add your personal touch, and craft your letter to be unique for each position.

 

You can find the best graphic design jobs on Design Jobs Board, and then use the employer sites to learn more about them, and display genuine interest in their company or project in your cover letter.

 

The ideal cover letter is composed of:

  • 1st Paragraph (60-80 words)—Years of experience, and the main reason why you are the best candidate. 
  • 2nd (Main) Paragraph (120-200 words)—Illustrate the 2 or 3 most significant reasons for why you will make a world-class addition to the project.
  • 3rd Paragraph (40-60 words)—State your interest in the company and tell them what you hope to do for them.
  • Call to Action (Single Sentence)—Be confident, and ask them to look at your portfolio and give you a call back.

 

Write a cover letter especially if you're a junior. It's a tool that will let you show transferable skills

 

7. Graphic design CV format and layout

 

Here is where you get to run wild. Usually, in this section we give tips on using legible CV fonts and white space, but I don’t need to preach to the choir.

 

The only suggestions that seem worth making regarding a CV format: Check that a *.doc CV isn’t required—some applicant tracking systems have trouble parsing PDFs. 

 

And if you're planning to use a free CV template you found online, make sure it is ATS-parsable.

 

Track the dates of sent applications in Excel. If you don’t hear back after two weeks, give them a follow-up call.

 

And that’s it! Now you know what a CV should look like. Good luck!

 

You don’t have to be a CV writing expert. In the LiveCareer CV builder you’ll find ready-made content for every industry and position, which you can then add with a single click.

 

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Did we answer all your questions on how to write a graphic designer CV? Got any job hunting tips and tricks you’d like to share? Did you find our graphic designer CV examples useful? Use the comments section below. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

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