Photo: Do not use a photo of yourself, this is a big NO-NO! Don’t let the employer prejudge you even before he gets to know you.
Contact Information: Name, address, email and phone…Of course! Simple as this may seem, you want to do this right.
Name: Make sure your name stands out—use a larger font size or even go bold with a splash of color. Stay away from script or hard to read type (never smaller then 7pts).
Email: Everyone has one, but is it harming you? Make it easy to read and spell. Don’t use your personal account—create a new one just for employers. Stay away from risky user names like “2hot2handle” or “foxymama“—this gives off a bad impression. Also avoid 1′s and zeros—this can confuse an employer to type in “I” or “O”… and once that email bounces back, you may never get a second chance.
Hyperlink: Insert a hyperlink that connects to your online website or online portfolio. This should be right at the very top, along with your contact information.
Label Yourself: Label yourself before the employer labels you. List who you are at the top after your contact information. Example: “Graphic Designer • 3D Artist • Illustrator“
Skills: List your technical and professional skills at the top. Bullet point (2-3 Columns) – Make it easy to read – not wordy.
Profile: A resume “Profile” is different from an “Objective” statement. A “Profile” is more focused on the employer and what benefits he/she will receive by hiring you. An “Objective” is more focused on you. For this reason we recommend a profile instead of an objective. A “Profile” features your skills, accomplishments, and career level, and can also include your career objective as well, but with the advantage to look more attractive and interesting to recruiters.
Work Experience: List the names of the companies you worked for, city and state, titles/positions and employment dates. In a small paragraph, highlight the duties you performed—be accurate and concise but also choose those duties that are most relevant to the position you are seeking. While it is acceptable to write full sentences in paragraph form for each position you held, it is more common to create a bulleted list of the duties you performed. Take some time to really think over what you actually accomplished for the job, list the specific activities and duties that you were responsible for, and craft exciting and concise bulleted items representing those activities.
Education: Move “Education” to the very bottom of your resume. You are a working professional within your industry and not a student. In addition, do not abbreviate your degree—spell it out. NO “MFA“, instead use “Master of Fine Arts“
Resume Samples: Here are a few sites to get resume idea’s from:
Resume Samples: Here are just a few samples for you to review.