Designing Your CV: Don’t Just Use Microsoft Word

Graeme The Basics January 6, 2018

As a graphic designer, your CV is a way of showing prospective clients and employers what you can do, not just telling them.

Graeme Thomas CV

My latest CV

A CV is a very personal thing that you should invest a good amount of time into. If you work with recruiters it is often the first thing new clients see when they put you forward for a new contract/job, and you only get one chance at a first impression.

That is why I, as a graphic designer, wouldn’t use Microsoft Word for my CV, as it is too basic. Instead I like to use InDesign, combining imagery, links and my bio, to make it a bit more interesting (hopefully).

Tips on designing your CV using InDesign

  • Be consistent
    For my CV, I decided I wanted it to match the theme I have with my social media pages and website. I designed sections to be similar to those on my website, and used screenshots. That is not to say it all has to match, I just preferred mine that way.
  • Be brief
    There are likely to be a few candidates applying for the same job as you, so the person going through all of them will not have the time to read your life story.
  • Make it digital
    It goes without saying that you’ll be emailing your CV to prospective clients, so don’t forget to add in hyperlinks pointing to your social media accounts, mailto: email links and direct access to your website.
  • Don’t lie
    These days it is not hard to find out online whether you are telling the truth, and if they can’t, you may still be asked to do the things you claimed you could do. If they find out you can’t do something that you said you could, that could be embarrassing.
  • Don’t let an agency reformat your CV
    Some agencies like to change your CV to suit the role you are applying for, but chances are that if it was something you could do, it would have been on there in the first place.

Take a look at some my latest digital design work