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Designer Resume Samples and Tips
***These are just a couple of the Designer resume samples see below for more***
You’ve arrived at the designer resume help page. Choose your poison.
- Textile Designer
- Fashion Designer
- Graphic Designer
- Architectural Designer
- Automotive Designer
- Interior Designer
- Game Designer
With this in mind we will show you examples from resumes from across these industries to provide you a brief yet broad scope on what to write.
Try to highlight these 4 main points:
- Your experience. Mention the amount of years in your designer role.
- Your expertise. Whether it's specific design software, textile manufacturing processes or project management, mention your main skills that sets your apart.
- Your most recent education or certificates. Most designer jobs require specific certifications so mention it in your career objective.
- OPTIONAL: The job you are looking for next. If you are changing careers or plan to move to a higher status position consider mentioning this at the end of the objective.
Here are just a few ideas you can use depending on the type of job you have:
Advertising Graphic Designer
Senior Graphic Designer with over 10 years of experience of commercial art across various mediums increasing sales as subcontractor for start-up magazines from gardening to knitting. Possesses a B.A. in Graphic Design and advanced knowledge of Adobe products
Apparel Designer with over 10 years of experience in the design industry for a variety of classifications whilst maintaining brand vision. Possesses a B.A. in Apparel Design and the ability to use Adobe Illustrator
An Architectural Designer with over 10 years of experience in schematics, Possesses a Bachelors of Science in Architecture and an Architectural License in the state of New York
Art Design Director with over 10 years of experience maintaining client relationships, problem analysis and graphic design. Possesses a B.A. in Graphic Design and various software knowledge
An Assistant Designer with over 10 years of experience in color schemes, graphic computer software and, latest trends. Possesses a Bachelor of Design in Fashion
Graphic Web Designer with over 10 years of experience of designing UI for various websites, using programming up-to-date languages and Adobe InDesign. Possesses a B.A. in Graphic Design and extensive knowledge of wireframes
CAD Designer with over 10 years of experience design and drafting utilizing ANSI Y14.5 and GD&T and designing mechanical components. Possesses a BSc in Mechanical Design Technology
Senior Electrical Designer with over 23 years of experience performing circuit design tasks in support of product releases in addition to collaborating with engineers on multimillion-dollar projects. Possesses a BS in Electronic Engineering and extensive knowledge of AutoCAD
Entry Level Graphic Design
Entry Level Graphic Designer with experience of developing project strategies, branding and information design. Possesses a B.A. in Graphic Design and various software package knowledge
Freelance Designer with over 5 years of experience of reference gathering, logo design, website programming and display planning. Possesses a Graphic Design Associates Degree and the ability to use various programming code
Instructional Designer with over 11 years of experience of developing course curriculums, delivering knowledge transfers and working with various subject experts. Possesses a B.A. in Communications and 5 key certificates
Textile Designer with over 10 years of experience with, repeats and concepts with an emphasis on the senior market. Possesses a B.A. in Textile Design and strong knowledge of CAD
Let's take a look at three examples.
1) Advertising Graphic Designer
FIZZY EXPLOSIVE COMPANY Cranville, WY
Senior Advertising Graphic Designer September 1998 – Present
Develop and create high-quality design solutions and advertising for a style magazine with daily readership of over 6 million
Support the creation and extension of campaign elements and brand materials handling an annual $500,000 budget staying within costs by 18%
Create designs for print marketing materials collaborating with 20+ third parties to ensure their satisfaction with the design and retaining 100% of customers
Assist in the development of design strategy meeting the needs of specified marketing projects
Managed 7 graphic designers staying within customer deadlines by over 25%
This graphic designer fulfills many of the requirements that a hiring manager in this industry is looking for. Think about the type of medium you are working on, publications, readership, handling a design budget, meeting specific deadlines, any staff you work with or manage and of course any types of software used.
2) Apparel Designer
OVER THE EDGE LLC Boston, MA
Apparel Designer April 2006 – Present
Develop innovative concepts to men's high-end haute couture apparel particularly shirts and jackets (retail value $1000 - $10,000)
Discuss requirements with 40+ repeat clients including media exposure across GQ and Men's Fitness Magazine
Travel to factories across SE Asia to finalize the execution of samples and corrections meeting 98% of all quality control metrics
Ensure completion of textiles by developing artwork; completing color ways; and providing repeat size guidance for multiple reviews
Assist with layout boards, color schemes and, flat sketches of designs with a team of 8 designers
Attended 5 workshops and London Fashion Week developing innovative strategies
Assist with the sewing, cutting of patterns, color schemes and overall designs of the sketch and worked with other junior designers and reported updates and changes to senior designer
We love this Apparel Designer's professional experience. It really showcases some the main skills that a Fashion or Apparel Designer need. There are the hard skills such as artwork development, pattern cutting and grading in addition to softer skills such as working with staff at different levels of the company. It also shows that the candidate can hit targets and achieve outcomes with quality and meeting revenue targets. Think about how your apparel job brought out the best in you.
3) Software Designer
POSTCARDS FROM TOKYO Melba Town, CA
Software Designer June 2001 – Present
Developed products using HTML, XML, XSL and, MS SQL Server for 120+ clients
Adhered to strict deadlines 100% of the time from testing to production
Used theories of operation and techniques to tweak software programs for user-friendly operations maintaining customer satisfaction rates at 95%+
Used product and marketing management to develop functionality within a team of 7 developers and 3 designers for 5 websites with over 3.5 million unique visitors per month
Used both low-level component processing and large scale algorithm analyzing and maintained utilization for software programs in large scare computerized systems
Responsible for developing the document research area to help users modify search on a WYSIWYG basis
As a Software Designer you should consider the deadlines you met, the types of software you used and designed, the amount of clients, the size of the clients, any on-the-job training, the size of the team and any adversity you overcome.
Here's what you don’t want to do when you’re writing your professional experience:
- Write a laundry list of obvious job responsibilities
- Write your experience vaguely and unclearly
- Use the word ‘I’ whatsoever.
You can read about 5 more essential DO NOT's when writing your resume on our blog. Here’s what you can do to avoid these common problems:
Some other examples of verb-phrase keywords in design resumes include:
- “Create and design…”
- “Collaborate with design team…”
- “Interface with printers and other vendors…”
Entry Level Candidate
Any school experience that you have should be included on your resume. Extra-curricular activities and volunteer work should also be added. Any college experience whatsoever means that you can leave off your high school.
See this Graphic Design Intern resume:
Hereare a few things to think about:
- Design project in schools. Think of art, computer, electronic or woodwork class. Did you paint, draw, sketch, create a software program, engineer a gadget or create a structure?
- Internships. Many employers look favorably on internships especially in some of the more competitive design industries such as Fashion and Graphic Design
- Groups and Societies. It looks great if you can note that you worked behind the scenes on a school catwalk show or that you created print advertising for a local charity
Just be careful. Getting too creative is keeping some students unemployed.
Your education section is still necessary but consider only including the bare basics if you have a lot of experience in your design field already.
Here’s the basic info you’ll need in this section.
- School Name
- School Location
- Date of Graduation
- GPA (3.0 or above)
Designers have specialized knowledge and skills required to do their work. It’s likely that even if you specialize in a certain type of design, that you have experience in many other kinds as well. It cannot hurt you to include all of these design skills that you’ve developed, even if they might not be extremely relevant to the job that you’re applying for. They nonetheless demonstrate that you are a widely knowledgeable, and potentially flexible person.
We recommend you create a section called "Technical Skills". Here are a few examples:
- Experience with sophisticated theories of operation and techniques
Skilled in algorithm analyzing and component processing
Experience with both small and large scale computer systems
AutoCAD, protection & relay single line diagrams
Change Management tools, processes and ERP systems
Knowledgeable of CT and PT three line diagrams
8051 and ARM microcontrollers
RS232, RS485, USB
C, C++, Assembly code
Designing for EMC compliance
Reliability Engineering methodologies including worst case, stress, durability analysis and HALT
2D & 3D CAD Files
Documenting and maintaining BOM
API surface wellhead
Flow control equipment
Once you have completed your resume we recommend reading our informative and entertaining advice on how to make your job search easy.