Creative CV design tips
The look and design of your CV is especially important with creative graduate roles – it gives you the chance before an interview to show employers your skillset, as well as making an impactful and lasting impression.
1. Using design software / programmes
If you’re applying for design roles, creating your CV on Adobe Photoshop or InDesign or other design software is a great way to show potential employers you already know how to successfully use a programme they may be looking for experience in and really show off your creative abilities.
Alternatively, if you don’t have Adobe InDesign, Photoshop or other design software, Canva is a great easy to use graphic-design programme which is free, and you can use on all PC’s and even on your phone.
2. Balance creativity and professionalism
Don’t go over the top with hundreds of colours, borders and graphics to show you can use every single feature.
Keep your graphics appropriate and don’t let them distract from your content, they should be there to enhance.
Your CV still needs to be easy to read and professional looking, stick to a few creative features and execute these well.
4. Choose a colour scheme that reinforces what you’re saying
The choice of colour scheme can really influence the tone of your CV, don’t choose a faint text colour, try and pick bold and vibrant colours, you want your CV to grasp the reader’s eye and to make a lasting impact.
In turn don’t make your CV a rainbow, three colours is a good number to stick to.
Choose tones that go together, and colours that reflect your personality, hobbies or skillset, this will help brand your CV and reinforce what you’re saying.
5. Make graphics multi-functional
Try to make features multi-functional, where you can add in graphics that both showcase your creativity and demonstrate your skillset, for example, graphs weighting your skills or graphics to show your interests.
You could also replace conventional features with something more creative where permitting, for example replacing bullet points with a creative graphic.
6. Take into account the company and role
Consider the brand and message of the company you are applying for and take this into account.
Research their own branding and see if you can take inspiration from theirs, such as using one of their brand colours. Make sure your CV is also appropriate to the role and company you are applying to.