Andrew Smith

Professional Summary

Talented, unique, passionate Graphic Designer with extensive experience creating persuasive and attractive marketing and communications materials.  Technical skills include Adobe Creative Cloud.
Expert at developing effective campaigns and advertisements to increase visibility, branding and business growth and development.

Employment history

Graphic Designer, Langosh, Effertz and Gutmann. East Ashley, Rhode Island
Oct. 2014 – Jun. 2017

  • Create designs, concepts, and sample layouts based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.
  • Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Internet websites.
  • Prepare notes and instructions for workers who assemble and prepare final layouts for printing.
  • Review illustrative material to determine if it conforms to standards and specifications.
  • Attend photo shoots and printing sessions to ensure that the products needed are obtained.

Graphic Designer and Social Media Manager, Gutmann, Crist and VonRueden. West Wilfredo, Indiana
Mar. 2013 – Aug. 2013
  • Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Internet websites.
  • Create posts and layouts for fanpages for different clients.
  • Review final layouts and suggest improvements as needed.
  • Answer messages from customers via electronic mail or electronic messaging.
  • Measure the results of social media campaigns and 
    prepare reports.
  • Upload digital media, such as photos, video, or scanned images to online storefront, auction sites, or other shopping Web sites.

EXPIERIENCE, Glover, Hagenes and Lynch. Lake Johnie, North Dakota
May. 2011 – Jun. 2013
  • Web design. 
  • Graphich design.
  • Book and magazine design.
  • Photography.


North Lynch, Debimouth, Louisiana
Graphic Designer, Graphic Design, Dec. 2013

Personal info

Phone: (000) 000-0000
Address: 287 Custer Street, Hopewell, PA 00000


Web design
Other language - English
Other language - German
Language - Spanish
Community Management
Graphic Design Softwares

Andrew Smith

Phone: (000) 000-0000
Address: 287 Custer Street, Hopewell, PA 00000

Professional Summary

Talented, unique, passionate Graphic Designer with extensive experience creating persuasive and attractive marketing and communications materials.  Technical skills include 3D design, Adobe Creative Cloud, GIMP, and Serif DrawPlus.  Expert at developing effective campaigns and advertisements to increase visibility, branding, and business growth and development.

Employment history

Jul. 2019 – Present Port Jazminetown, Wisconsin
Graphic Designer, Nader-Waelchi
  • Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Internet websites.
  • Review final layouts and suggest improvements as needed.
  • Prepare illustrations or rough sketches of material, discussing them with clients or supervisors and making necessary changes.
  • Use computer software to generate new images.
  • Research new software or design concepts.
  • Develop negatives and prints to produce layout photographs, using negative and print developing equipment and tools.
  • Mark up, paste, and assemble final layouts to prepare layouts for printer.
  • Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design.
May. 2017 – Jul. 2017 New Corrie, Ohio
Graphic Designer, Bernier-McCullough
·         Developed design deliverables that elevated, differentiated and functioned on-brand and on-strategy.
·         Translated Complex concepts and data into compelling visuals for media outreach.
·         Designed new on-brand visual elements to effectively convey concepts and messaging.
·         Maintained consistent use of graphic imagery and materials and other marketing outreach.
·         Generated new ideas with limited direction and varied internal client needs.
·         Collaborated with engineering on various web, mobile and tablet application interfaces.


Graphic and Web Design: Designing
  • Western Sawayn University - East Yvonne, Iowa


• Website Banners
• Magazine Design
• Branding

Andrew Smith

Professional Summary

Creative, dedicated, fun and insightful design professional offering 25+ years of success in the areas of print and project management where I use excellent time management skills to create a wide variety of collateral with small and large teams. I am a passionate, results-driven leader seeking a progressive role within a customer-focused department.

Employment history

Graphic Designer, Witting-Gottlieb. Bergstromberg, Georgia
Nov. 2013 – Present
Graphic Design
Create designs using Adobe Creative Suite. Concepts are developed using statistics obtained from meetings with stakeholder and team, gathered demographic data, marketing vehicles and timeline perimeters. Create bid specs. Partner with printers throughout design and print process. Offset and Digital printing processes used. Deliver final products early/on-time. Archive entire job and related files to archive system.
Brand Identity
Brought a consistent brand identity to Austin Energy building locations: updated logos on 2,500+ fleet vehicles and equipment, designed and installed internal and exterior directional signs. Created Austin Energy's first brand book which included guidelines for logo usage to represent the Austin Energy brand.
Project Management
  • Austin Community Tree Program working independently from team environment with City of Austin stakeholder. Responsible for project marketing from design to event. I have worked on this program since 2006 in the role of designer and have also managed this program since 2014.
  • Austin Energy Multiple-year Contract for printing of business cards and stationery product line (20+ products for 19 departments and 3-1-1). Build relationships with 75 portal users to deliver requested products. Work with print vendor to create and upgrade portal.
  • Mac Computer Maintenance partner with IT and Mac Contractor for 17 years to purchase, install and maintain 7 computers. Responsibilities include hardware and software purchases, security updates and licenses.
  • Archival Server System includes archive organization and management. Implemented processes for internal and off-site archive storage, including additional server for design team's Time Machine back-ups for emergency data recovery.
  • Digital Asset Software currently implementing new system for a project and digital asset management software which will allow the department to better organize company's current archive system of 50,000+ assets.

Graphic Designer, Wyman, Schowalter and Volkman. Clementinaside, Arizona
Oct. 1997 – Jul. 2000
Textbook publisher for French, German and Spanish Language Series and Biology
  • Project management for multiple-year book projects from concept to print. 
  • Created design concepts for page layout. Provided art direction for artists, photographers and print vendors. 
  • Reviewed proofs and press sheets before print process began. 
  • Collaborated with large multiple-discipline team producing product lines for international market. 
  • Managed timeline.
Graphic Designer, Waelchi-Hackett. Marinefurt, New Hampshire
Nov. 1996 – Dec. 1996
Creative design from concept to print of child abuse and crime victims’ rights publications. Responsible for photo shoot coordination and direction for publications. Executed all press checks for printed collateral.

Graphic Designer, Johnston Group. Lake Noraside, Arkansas
Sep. 1996 – Oct. 1996
Created mailers, annual reports and conference materials.
Graphic Artist, Zulauf-Gleason. Jonesside, California
Sep. 1995 – Jun. 1996
Trade and Mass Market Book Production
  • Developed QuarkXPress, FreeHand, Illustrator and Photoshop proficiencies. Hardcopy (non-digital format) art received from stakeholders. Artwork was scanned in, imported into design layout program, assembled, color-corrected and created into a book cover format where the final result was an uncorrected bound book proof sent to client for approval. 
  • Accounts included: Ballantine, Viking and Knopf. Photo editing of 500+ photos. 
  • Work included: Collectables, Star Wars Series, Street & Smith’s Pro Sports books. Stephen King and other authors.  
Graphic Designer, Barton-Willms. East Russelhaven, Alaska
Aug. 1994 – Dec. 1994
Prepared photographic and presentational comps for Walt Disney, Crayola, Liquitex, and Fleetwood Snacks accounts. 
School Services Custodian, Kuhlman, Adams and White. Port Abelfort, New Jersey
Apr. 1993 – Sep. 1994
Daily securement and maintenance of facility for public events, individual and team work assignments, supervision of four to nine person staff.
Graphic Designer, Turner-Bernier. North Lucinda, Tennessee
Jan. 1993 – Feb. 1993
Concept to print campaign for theatre production, Tartuffe, which included poster and program booklet.


Northern North Dakota College, Port Dominick, Texas
Bachelor of Arts, Communication Design, Jun. 1993
East Mississippi University, Juneburgh, Oklahoma
Belgium and France, Jun. 1990
North Huel, Rafaelland, Hawaii
Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts, Feb. 1988
Will Academy, South Ezra, New Jersey
High School Diploma, Business English, Oct. 1985
Gutmann University, Schroederburgh, Wyoming
High School Diploma, Commercial Art, Aug. 1985

Recognition of Work

Community Volunteer

Personal info

Phone: (000) 000-0000
Address: 287 Custer Street, Hopewell, PA 00000


Graphic Design
Creative Thinker
Project Management
Challenge Conqueror
Proactive Worker

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Graphic design is a fast-growing industry. And it’s no wonder why. Design is what drives a brand. From logos and business cards to packaging and marketing materials, graphic design plays a big role in a company’s competitive edge. 

All that’s to say, you need a resume that puts your creative abilities into concrete words. And a resume design that goes above and beyond. You can’t expect to secure an interview with just any old resume template

As a graphic designer especially, you need something spectacular—something that stands out. 

In this article, we’ll cover what it takes to create an eye-catching resume. In short, that includes formatting instructions, how to add your online portfolio, and tools for easy resume setup. After reading, you’ll know:

  • What recruiters look for in a graphic designer’s resume
  • Which skills you should include and how you can demonstrate them with real-life examples
  • Top technology and tools that a graphic designer should know
  • How to include work samples (and how to pick which ones to include)
  • Common mistakes in resume writing and what to avoid mentioning
  • How to write a powerful personal statement, summary, or objective section
  • What your resume should look like if you have little to no experience (hello, recent grads or career changers)

This guide will equip you with all the knowledge you need to create a top-notch resume. But first, let’s examine some graphic designer resume templates.

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How to write an eye-catching graphic designer resume?

The key to an eye-catching resume is all in the design. It doesn’t matter how many years of experience you have or what companies you’ve worked for. If your resume isn’t designed well, it isn’t going to get noticed. 

Don’t believe us? A recent study shows a recruiter spends an average of only seven seconds on each resume. Just seven seconds can make or break your chances of getting called in for an interview.

That statistic might seem surprising. But think about it. A recruiter doesn’t have time to read every resume word-for-word. They get hundreds, if not thousands. Instead, they go off of first impressions. They look at the overall design, creativity, and readability of your resume. 

If it passes the test, they then skim the content for relevant skills and experience. 

So, what exactly is it that makes a well-designed, creative, and easily-readable resume? It all starts with formatting. 

How to format it

Formatting is one of the most important parts of your resume design. If things look wonky or unprofessional, it’ll get tossed in the trash. 

A properly formatted resume usually includes easily-distinguishable sections. Here’s how we usually recommend breaking it down:

  • Header section: Here, you should include your name and all relevant contact information. At the very least, you need your phone number and email (and both should be hyperlinked). As a graphic designer, you should also include a link to your online portfolio. 
  • Summary/objective section: The summary or objective section of your resume should follow the header. Keep it to 2-3 sentences and focus on what makes you unique. A vague summary or objective is a big no-no.
  • Experience section: This is where you get to wow recruiters. Include any relevant positions and focus on including measurable results. This section is all about showing what kind of value you can bring to an organization. 
  • Skills section: This section can include both soft and technical or industry-specific skills. Think creativity, organization, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, etc. For soft skills, try to include real-life examples.
  • Education section: Include the school you went to and the area of study. You don’t need your graduation date or GPA. Recruiters rarely care about that. They don’t need to know when you graduated, just that you did.

As a general rule of thumb, your resume should never be more than one page in length. If you find yourself going over one page, you need to condense. It’s not easy; we know. 

As a graphic designer, you probably know better than anyone the basic rules of design. But just to reiterate, here are some friendly reminders. 

Firstly, use at least an 8 point font. Not everyone has perfect eye-sight. Be sure to review the PDF of your resume at a 100% zoom level. Ensure the text is easy-to-read. If you have to zoom in to easily read it, the text is too small.

Secondly, don’t underestimate the importance of white space. Keep one-inch margins and plenty of space between sections. This helps your resume look crisp and clean and makes it easier for a recruiter to skim it.

Thirdly—and you likely already know this, because you’re a graphic designer after all—but be sure to use different font weights and sizes for section headers and subheaders. It’s okay to be creative with font choice, but don’t pick one that’s too hard to read. 

And fourthly, if you’re unsure how to list your experience, reverse-chronological is always a safe bet. Start with your most recent experience at the top and work your way backwards.

However, if you’re making a career change or applying for a new type of position, you can list your experience by relevance. Meaning, include the most relevant work at the top and the least relevant at the bottom. 

Okay, now that you know how to format your resume, let’s move on to what recruiters will look for.

What recruiters will look for 

There are certain things recruiters will look for in a graphic designer’s resume. Most importantly, they want to see that you can effectively demonstrate your design abilities. 

A resume is important for anyone applying for a new job. But it’s especially important for graphic designers. You get to show your skill set on a sheet of paper. You can demonstrate your creativity and personal branding ability. 

Your resume is a reflection of you. How do you want to present yourself?

Aside from that, they’ll look for experience that’s similar to the position you’re applying for. When writing the bullets for your experience section, try to quantify them whenever possible. For example:

  • How many projects did you manage at any given time
  • How many clients did you work with
  • How much revenue did your designs help generate

In addition to relevant experience, recruiters will also look for software skills. 

What skills to mention and how to do it correctly

Graphic designers need to be proficient in certain software and industry-specific tools. Listing them on your resume is crucial to securing an interview. Make a section specific to your skills and list them there. That way, they’re easy for a recruiter to find and quickly read through.

Here are top graphic design skills worth including:

  • Adobe InDesign CC
  • Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Dreamweaver
  • Typography
  • Sketching
  • Photo-editing
  • Creativity
  • Color Theory
  • Composition
  • Project Management

When applying for a job, read through the list of required skills. Note all the ones you have in common and be sure to include them on your resume. 

How to list different technologies and applications you have experience with

Listing technologies and apps you’re experienced with can be best demonstrated by including your level of experience. Whether through visual aids or with your words, a recruiter should know how proficient you are. 

If you have the space, try to use graphics to show your level of proficiency. They’re pleasing to the eye and can help break up big chunks of text.

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How to include work samples and which ones to pick

Including your work samples can be a great way to set yourself apart from other candidates. And let’s face it. It’s a competitive world out there. You need to do everything in your power to show why you’re the best fit for a position. To do this, you need an online portfolio. 

Your portfolio should be a collection that showcases your best work. So take the time to pick the pieces you’re most proud of. And don’t forget that recruiters will often look for someone with diverse work samples. 

Include print, web and online projects, unless you’re applying for a position that is specific to only one of those areas. Not sure where to get started for your online portfolio?

Here are some top sites for graphic design portfolios:

Keep reading for more in-depth information on how to add an online portfolio.

What achievements to mention and how to do it correctly

Achievements are always a great addition to your resume. They demonstrate hard work and your ability to succeed. 

Achievements worth mentioning include awards, rankings, and even certifications. Just be sure to only add achievements that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. 

You qualified for the Boston Marathon? That’s incredible. But it doesn’t mean you’re a great graphic designer.

Here are some examples of achievements worth adding:

  • Places your designs have appeared
  • Featured artist awards
  • Industry or company-wide awards

What to avoid mentioning

Knowing what to leave off of your resume is just as important as knowing what to include on it. Avoid any information that isn’t relevant. This includes jobs, skills, and anything that dates back to college (unless you’re a recent grad). 

It’s really awesome you studied abroad in college—and we’re sure you gained valuable experience—but it isn’t exactly relevant if you’ve been in the workforce for 5+ years. If that’s the case, you can scrap it.

Keeping a resume to only one-page is hard. Don’t make it more difficult than it needs to be by including irrelevant information. 

If it really comes down to it, you can always mention it in your interview.

Every word on your resume should serve a purpose. If it’s there just to fill space, remove it and replace it with something better. 

And even though it takes time, you need to tweak your resume for each position you apply to. Match your skills with the required skills for the job posting. Edit your experience so it aligns with the day-to-day responsibilities of the position. Tweak your objective depending on the organization and its mission.

Just be sure to save a template of a generic resume. Instead of making revision after revision to the same file, start with your template each time. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself straying for your core experience. And that can become overwhelming fast. 

How to write a resume objective (samples included)

A resume objective is an incredibly important part of your resume. In some ways, it’s sort of like a written elevator speech. A great one can go a long way. But a bad one can leave a bad first impression. 

To write a great objective, you need to keep a few things in mind. In just a few sentences, you need to clearly communicate your career direction while also tailoring to the position you’re applying for. 

The worst thing you can do is write something vague. Here are some samples.

Graphic designer seeking a position in digital design.

Compare this vague resume objective with the following objective:

Experienced graphic designer looking for an opportunity to bring brands to life online. I’m on a mission to make digital designs that stand out and leave a lasting impression.

The first sample is boring. A recruiter isn’t going to read it and think, “Wow. We need to hire this person.” And it’s probably true about nearly every graphic designer out there. It’s not unique. It’s not you.

The second one, however, is much more engaging. The candidate appears much more driven, with a clear career objective in mind. That alone will help this candidate stand out from the rest.

So, if there’s one thing to take from this, it’s to be specific. Think about what drives you and use that to create a compelling resume objective. If your objective could apply to anyone in your industry, you need to make it more unique.

How to write a resume summary (samples included)

A resume summary is a little different than a resume objective. Rather than talking about what you want to do next, a summary gives a quick background into your experience. 

Here’s a sample of a great resume summary:

Hi! I’m Erin. I have worked in graphic design for 5+ years, specializing in brand packaging. I use every box, battle, and bag, every container, can, and canister to tell the story of a brand. 

How to write a graphic designer resume with little or no experience

If you’re a graphic designer with little or no experience, you can still create a great resume. Everyone has to start somewhere. Follow these tips and tricks to ensure you’re a competitive candidate. 

If you’re a recent grad or some who’s making a career change:

  • Include relevant coursework 
  • Include internships
  • Include any involvement in design-related student organizations
  • Include any design certifications
  • Include design work you did in class
  • Include freelance work or side graphic design projects

Adding these to your resume will help a recruiter know you have a base knowledge in graphic design. They also show that you’re ready and willing to expand on your experience.

If you’re still having a hard time, try doing more freelance work. Sites like Upwork are always looking for beginner graphic designers. This way, you can start to build experience and have more projects to add to your portfolio. 

And speaking of your online portfolio, let’s learn more about the right way to add it to your resume.

How to add an online portfolio to your resume

As a graphic designer, your portfolio is arguably the most important part of your application. Your resume matters, but your portfolio is what makes you a credible candidate. Remember that.

The best way to add your portfolio to your resume is through a link in your resume header. Avoid long and complex URLs. Keep it as short and simple as possible. In some cases, it’s best to invest in a custom domain and use your own website. This allows for the most control and customization.

To make a great online portfolio, follow these helpful tips.

Choose your best work and demonstrate your diverse skill set:

When it comes to portfolios, quality over quantity is really what matters. Select your strongest projects and make these the main focus of your portfolio. Try to include projects that illustrate your versatility. If you’ve worked on both logo design and print advertising, it’s best to include examples of both on your portfolio. 

Pick a platform that best showcases your designs:

Sites like Squarespace and Wix have templates specifically for creative portfolios. If you decide to use one of these platforms, we recommend purchasing your own custom domain. This way, you won’t have a long URL. A custom domain is much more professional-looking and will be worth it in the long run. 

Plus, many of these sites offer month-to-month payment plans. You can always pay for the premium version to host your own domain while you’re job searching and then cancel once you’ve been hired.

Other top platforms include Behance, Adobe Portfolio and Foliolink. These are all graphic design-centered portfolio sites. 

Whichever you choose, your portfolio should include a bio, visual aids, and descriptions of the project. Bonus points if you include the results your designs helped achieve (increase in brand awareness, increase in revenue, etc.)

Describe your creative process:

Each graphic designer has a unique creative process. And hiring managers want to see how it all comes together—from conception to completion. 

Breaking down your creative process can give a recruiter a sense of your capabilities. For example, they might be unsure if you’re experienced enough to be a senior designer. That could all change once they read about how you led a complete rebrand for a Fortune-500 client. A portfolio is a great way to advocate for yourself.

Don’t be afraid to include freelance work or side projects. 

Side hustles and freelance work are a fantastic way to show your ability to manage multiple projects at a time. They’re also a chance to illustrate more creative ideas you might not be able to show in your corporate day-to-day work.

How to make your resume stand out

Recruiters read hundreds, if not thousands, of applications for nearly every position they’re trying to fill. So if you don’t make an intentional effort to stand out, chances are - you probably won’t. 

You’ll be just another paper in the stack and you surely won’t be called in for an interview. Here’s how to ensure that doesn’t happen to you. 

Choose a template that demonstrates excellent typography, layout, and color theory skills. 

You’re a graphic designer for crying out loud. In some ways, your resume is a test of your creativity and design skills. It shouldn’t look like an accountant’s resume. It should be bold and beautiful. 

Describe your accomplishments, not your job responsibilities.

This is one of the most common mistakes people make when writing their resumes. Everyone knows what a graphic designer does, especially the person hiring for the position. They don’t just want to know what you do – they want to know how well you do it. What kind of value can you bring? How do you go above and beyond? How do your efforts contribute to success?

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graphic designer

  • Mobile application and website development User interface/Experience.
  • Designing logos, Company Branding, magazine layouts, Brochures, posters, newsletters, emailers, social media posts etc.
  • Developed numerous marketing program logo, info-graphics, templates, montages, chrome sets.
  • Developed and enhanced relationships with key departments to help achieve sales goals and brandingobjectives.

graphic designer/customer service supervisor

  • Create designs, concepts, and sample layouts based on knowledge of layout principles and aesthetic design concepts
  • Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design
  • Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos and Internet websites
  • Supervise graphic designers
  • Print posters, business cards, letterheads, posters, flyers, T-shirts, banners, programmes, company magazines, etc.

graphic designer

  • Presentations, 
  • Sales Kits,
  • Company Profile,
  • Booklets,
  • Brochures, Leaflets, and Flyers,
  • Advertisements,
  • Banners, Wall Displays, and Posters,

graphic designer

  • Create designs, concepts, logos and sample layouts based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.
  • Draw and print charts, graphs, illustrations, and other artwork, using computer.
  • Study illustrations and photographs to plan presentation of materials, products, or services.
  • Currency exchange analyst trainee.

graphic designer

  • Designing advertisements, annual reports, artwork, books and their covers, brochures, logos, magazine covers, signs, stickers, tee shirts, web pages and other branding and communication materials;
  • Review photos, edit and make necessary changes
  • Decide which images to publish
  • Manipulate/ Retouch photos to achieve highest quality using the appropriate tools
  • Ensure all photo equipment is used properly