Your resume is the first step in connecting with the job you want. Here are some ideas for how you can make it count and connect you with the best architecture and design positions.
- Create a Professional Document: For design professionals, resume design matters but not as much as the content – you want to keep it looking professional. The aim of your resume is to provide a clear and detailed description of your employment history and skill set. Showing your potential future employer your creative design flare by using fancy templates, pictures, shapes and pixels with the information strewn in different sections of the page, isn’t the objective. This can just make your resume hard to read and interpret. A clean, simple, modern design resume is a good start and leaves your design flare for the portfolio.
- Highlight Skills: A clean, clear resume format is important, but so is the content. If you have certain qualifications – especially if they’re called out as necessary or desired in the job posting – make sure they’re prominently included in your resume. Many applicants choose to feature a “skills” section, formatted with bullet points, that allows hiring managers to more easily skim resumes and find qualified candidates.
- Make the focus your portfolio: Your education and experience are crucial resume details, but hiring managers don’t often spend a lot of time reading resumes and the information that they lay out is often better shown than told anyway. That’s why architecture and design professionals must put time, effort, and thought into creating a powerful portfolio. Most architecture and design candidates will use a digital portfolio that can be linked to their resume. This site will include the highlights of the candidate’s career to date and showcase any significant projects or achievements. Some applicants will choose to incorporate physical design elements into their submission – such as printed photography – or email links to specific pieces directly to certain hiring managers instead of just including the overarching portfolio link. This isn’t appropriate for every business or position, but it can make a significant impact in certain cases.
Creating the best possible resume is an important foundation in getting the best possible position. For more advice on how to get in front of employers and secure a design position, reach out to the recruitment team at TalentSphere today.