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Career Resources / Resume Advice

As a designer, your resumé needs to accurately communicate your skills, abilities and work experiences — while also demonstrating your specific design sensibility. The organization of information, the choice of typefaces, and the details of typography must all effectively show your competence in the field of design. The following articles provide useful advice on both the form and content of an effective design resumé: 

Insights on Writing Your Resume
Ten Common Mistakes in Resumes and Cover Letters 
Resume Tips for Designers and Other Creative Fields

We also recommend these publications, which cover additional issues in seeking design employment:

Get a Design Job
Career Cues
Writing for Design Professionals: A Guide to Writing Successful Proposals, Letters, Brochures, Portfolios, Reports, Presentations, and Job Applications

Please also see the Portfolio Advice section.

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