How to Get Noticed as a Designer: 20 Resumes that Stand Out

In the design community, creativity is probably the most sought after quality, having reached an ubiquitous state through the departments of design firms everywhere. So designers strive to show off their skills in the most unique ways, in order to stand out. To help you create your own attention-grabbing resume, I’ve put together an awesome collection of 20 C.V.s of designers and illustrators from all over the world. If you are already the proud possessor of a cool resume, share it with us in the comments section below and simply enjoy the design inspiration.

It’s a known fact that as a designer (whether you’re a freelancer or looking for a job in a firm), you win over prospective clients through your portfolio. But in order to convince someone to browse through it, you have to somehow stand out in the crowd. You can definitely make use of an unusual resume such as the ones showcased below to successfully achieve recognition.

Which one of these impressive resumes is your favorite?

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6 Comments
Chetan Talwar

seems 2 be odd.

rajesh

nice collection thanx for share……..

rajesh

weldone

komal

hi i really like this top 20.

Matt

I would be interested in a follow up article on where these designers are now and what type of positions these resumes have landed them.

It’s been my experience that most hiring managers and screeners are not the creative types. Although these resumes are unique and vastly appealing, your typical HR department is not going to generally understand the approach or get any “insider designer puns”.

Ultimately, I think a lot of these designs appear to be trying too hard to standout. I feel only a few of these examples are marketable against current products and services that are generally offered and not niche. Which as it stands are visually far more muted and simplistic.

Story illustrators? Yes. Mobile UI, print and web designers? Not so much.

It’s my hope that these designers landed some great projects that aim to innovate our current state of the visual market. But when profit is the bar, and not making beautiful things for beauty’s sake, somehow I have my doubts.

It’s been my experience that the designers who don’t innovate, rather replicate what’s hot today, get the most jobs.

Neha

It’s been my experience that most hiring managers and screensaver are not the creative types. Although these resumes are unique and vastly appealing, your typical HR department is not going to generally understand the approach or get any “insider designer puns”.

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