On this page you’ll find our top tips for writing your web design CV.
*Once your CV is all done and dusted don’t forget to have a look through our latest web design vacancies to see what jobs are currently up for grabs.*
Include Links To Your Portfolio
Your web design portfolio and CV are obviously two completely separate documents – but there’s no harm in tying them together by referencing your online and offline portfolio on your CV. By doing this, you’ll help to create a more cohesive application – and you may even tempt a prospective employer into checking out your portfolio too.
Show Off Your Creative Side
As a web designer you’ll be expected to have a bit of creative flair – so, if it’s appropriate, be sure to put your stamp on your CV. In terms of whether it’s appropriate, it all comes down to the company you’re applying for. For example, if you’re applying for a really corporate organisation then it’s probably best to air on the side of the caution but if the company looks quite quirky, go for it – it shows to your potential employer that you’d fit in well and shows that you’re a bit quirky like them so might be a good fit.
Do Your Research
Have a look at the job spec and the company website and, if you have them, be sure to include the skills and experience they’re looking for on your CV. Recruiters/potential employers are busy people – they’ll probably scan your CV quickly initially just to see if you’re a good fit, so the more you can make your relevant skills and experience stand out, the more seriously your application should be taken since it’ll be obvious that you’re a good fit.
Consider The Format & Structure
As part of your job you’ll be expected to make sure that the website is aesthetically pleasing and that everything is structured properly – so it’s important to show that you can apply the same principles to a simple document like a CV.
Have a good think about how you’re going to structure your CV and how you’re going to use the space wisely. If in doubt, think about how you’d design your CV if it was a web page or eShot and go from there – like we said before, it’s the same principles – just on a different document!
Picture this; you’ve seen a job that you love, the only problem is that they’re asking for a few bits of experience that you don’t have. At this point it can be very easy to embellish your CV slightly- but this is probably the worst decision you could make. The likelihood of them finding out during interview stages is pretty high – and if they don’t then they’ll definitely find out at some point if they employ you so it’s best to be honest. If they’re looking for someone who’s a pro with Illustrator – and you’re currently in the process of learning this program, put this on your CV – you never know, they might be willing to train you up!
Put Irrelevant Information On Your CV
The perfect CV is around two pages long – which means you have a limited amount of space in which to convince an employer that you’re the perfect candidate for their vacancy. That said; it’s important to only include information which might convince a potential employer to give you an interview. Relevant work experience in the digital industry and volunteer work you did at a local design agency are both great to include – but the fact that you worked at a local shop when you were 16 probably isn’t!
Include All Your Grades
As we said before, the space on a CV is precious so you don’t want to fill half a page up with all the results you got for each subject you’ve taken if you left school or college 10+ years ago. If you’ve got certain grades that you’re particularly proud of and they’re really relevant then include them – but if not, there’s no harm in just stating that you have “10 GCSES – Grades A*-C”.
Go Overboard With The Creativity
We know that we just said that it’s OK to show off your creativity but you need to make sure that it doesn’t jeopardise the actual content – or that it makes the content hard to read. When designing your CV, make sure it’s easy to read and that your contact details are easy to find and read – you don’t to miss out on the perfect web design job because an employer can’t see through your exciting designs to actually read your phone number!