I have never considered building a resume an easy task, but lately it has become also more complicated because of the pressure of beign hired in the field I care. Now it is the time to create a valuable resume which will display my skills and values.
A bit of history
Are you a foreigner in the country you live? The next few lines might sound familiar to you.
Not a newbie in making resumes, I had a real break when, moving from Italy to Ireland, I felt lost as I wasn’t sure/aware about the trends of the country, but still I wanted to get a job.
Difference #1 – Here, you do not need to show a picture of yourself.
In Italy, it is required (or at least highly raccomended) to place one in the CV, in order to let the recruiter recorgnized you before the interview -associating skills/experiences with face- and, sadly to say, to judge your appearance based on tidiness and general beauty. (Now, not for every field you must be a model, so that is just a generalization).
Difference #2 – The common and widely accepted type of CV in Ireland is the “Europass” format.
Or, at least, that is what a teacher of mine (when I was still studying in English school) made me believe out of the blue. Also after describing my job field to her, she reassured me about the validity of her belief.
When I have got the chance to come back studying design, I understood myself the inaccuracy of that statement.
So I went from my Italian creative resume, to an international standard:
Don’t misunderstend me please. The structure/appearance of my first CV is wrong as well (there’s just too much going on there), but at least it demonstrates a bit more of effort on being created than the second one!
#1 Know what is wrong
The ineffectivness of the Europass format for design field has been already proven to me, as mine has been completely ignored by recruiters.
You might think “but that’s because you are not enough skilled”, and maybe you are right. However, online also you can find plenty of articles which expose the inefficiency of this kind of structure.
As Mithun of Intrvu writes:
And if you want more evidences, find a full list of articles about this topic at the bottom of the post.
#2 Explore the trends
No design project have ever started without an initial research, and building a CV isn’t much different.
Online I found plenty of results which had really inspired me (find all the links to the articles I read at the bottom). The structure of those resumes is generally the same:
image/infographic of the resume
- 1 page only
- often structured in two columns
- basic visual (optional)
- 1 accent color (optional)
However, this research confirmed a theory that has been in my mind for a while now – one completely obvious for who is already in the job market: the resume itself is not that powerful to grant you a job!
A CV is a collection of your work and life experiences, each summarized in (possibily) less than two rows, but mainly it functions as a showcase for links which redirect the recruiter to content that really matters: your portfolio of projects.
A resume alone will never be enough to make you stands out over the crowd (and being in Dublin that means a lot of competition).
So, what can you do?
#3 Define goals
At the beginning, I was surprised to find Google employees resumes pretty boring, but then I realized their huge potential and efficiency.
In fact, their lack of complexity empower the info displayed on it:
- Easy structure
- Priority to relevant content
- Accessible colors and fonts
…are enough to make the recruiter understand you care about their time, making your CV readable/understandable and appropriate for the context.
Creating a resume is not that different from what designers try to accomplish every day:
“Who is my target? What they want to know from me? What kind of info is valuable for them? etc.” i.e. understanding the targeted users’ needs.
Try questioning yourself about it, and find the answer you are looking for through conversations with expert and friends, online researches, or just by attempt (of course, be aware that it can take a while before you get tangible results, as you won’t probably be so lucky to find recruiters willing to give you feedback).
So, which are my discovers?
#4 Be relevant to yourself
Each of us is different and have had different experiences in their life, so you should not expect a resume which works for somone else to be suitable for you as well.
Just try to make it personal with your priority contents well highlighted, a color which you feel good with, a font you like, the graphic and structure you want.
So, as I wish to highlitght my working experience, this is my final result:
#5 Create a portfolio
As I said before, the CV is just a showcase for your experiences and your portfolio links. Without a page which shows your projects, it is more likely your resume will be discarded.
Soon enough, I will publish another post with portfolio tips&tricks, so stay tuned if you want to know more about it 🙂
#6 Do not stop here!
Your CV should always match the job offer requirements.
Now that you have a basic resume which highligthes your life and experiences, you should try to make it relevant for the recruiters too.
“What kind of tools knowledge are they looking for? Which skills do they require?”
If you find a match between the role and your experience, apply a shameless promotion! Highlight your valuable (for the company) skills and think if it is worth to cut other info and give more space to the ones requested.
In Fact, as Jan from CaseStudy says:
A great hierarchy that’s relevant to the position and easy to read is the trick.
The skills that make you a great UX designer can also help you create a killer resume if you think about it carefully. Consider your audience and how they will read and use your resume to (hopefully) contact and hire you.
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UX resume inspirational links: