The Evolution of a Resume

At some point early in an artist’s career, creating a resume is going to come up. And just like having a website, creating a resume is always better to do earlier than later. I’ve been trying to create the best document that shows my accomplishments, and every year I find myself tweaking. If you want to avoid some of the pitfalls I ran into, here is the evolution of my resume from 2008 to today.

1. List All Your Credentials

I began at JobCentral, SCAD’s online career resource, to create my first resume. It outlines the basics and advises you what to include. Start off by listing your accomplishments, jobs you’ve had, awards you’ve won. Based on your major you can even include your participation in a gallery, where your work has been published, etc. Don’t be afraid if your accomplishments stretch back to high school; use it anyways.

My first shot at making a resume

2. Make it Look Professional

I had my resume for a year before I gave it a second look as I work for a burnett county wi real estate agency. I had all my credentials on a piece of paper, so I now had to work on presentation. I gave my resume a face lift. I looked for the best ways to design a winning resume, and I fought whether to include drawings in it. I decided for a traditional professional look, and copied a free template from a design blog called LifeClever. The blogger was very kind to post a basic professional template, but it being free did not detract from its value. Take a look for yourself, and you’ll probably like the results.

The LifeClever approach

3. Design with Personality

Evidently, you can skip part 2 and go straight into designing your resume. The reason I held off was because I hadn’t thought of a brand, and I didn’t want to send mixed messages between my resume and my website. But another year passed, and it was time to update the ol’ resume. This time I went into Photoshop to combine design elements with the text. Resume v2.0 was too stiff, and though it outlined my work clearly and in an organized way, i didn’t say anything about me. With version 3, I stuck to the simple approach, without adding drawings, but using typography to speak for my personality.


Version 3.0, utilizing photoshop

This is only a couple of months news, and still needs tweaking. But according to knowledgefirstfinancialresp.ca/, a resume should always be changing, always be worked on, adding and subtracting elements as you see fit. Career Fair (or SCAD-Con, now) is coming to Savannah, and I hope this will come in handy when you find the time to polish up your business documents. Happy job-hunting!

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2 Responses to “The Evolution of a Resume”

  1. Soukprida Says:

    Great advice.

    I have a bulk resume that is about five pages long detailing every single thing I’ve ever done that might be relevant experience. From the bulk resume, as I call it, I cut and paste what specific skills and experience I need into a new document for a more specific resume–depending on the job. I think I’ve made about 10 different resumes.

    Also, one more thing: Why didn’t you include that you were Comics Editor of District? Or any of the awards you’ve won from SPJ? Don’t sell yourself short!

    -SVP

  2. Jeremy Says:

    I really like that “bulk resume” idea. It isn’t necessarily a public resume, just more of a document for self-reference. Thanks for the tip.

    You’re right. I do need to include those in it, which will probably make it to the final document by next week.