Artworker Key Skills

DESIGN_BANNER_small_with_boarderNot sure you have what it takes to apply for professional artworker jobs? Don’t panic – we’re here to help!

On this page, we’ve listed the top key skills, programs and tools employers ask for when recruiting for new artworker candidates to give you an idea of how your CV measures up.

*Don’t forget; if you’re still convinced a new artworker job is the right option for you, be sure to pay our jobs board a visit to find out which employers are advertising in this space right now.*


Retouching & Visualisation Skills

When it comes to your artworker CV, employers want to see that you’ve got strong retouching and visualisation skills which you can draw on. This means you’ll need to have experience of creating visual concepts and retouching images to ensure they meet print and web standards.

Adobe Creative Suite & Adobe Acrobat

Just like every other design job in the digital industry, knowledge of the whole Adobe Creative Suite and programmes like Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator is definitely a key CV essential when applying for new artworker jobs. On top of that, a strong working knowledge of Adobe Acrobat is another thing employers look for when recruiting for new artworker employees, while some employers might also look on experience with Quark Xpress favourably.

Experience With POS, FSDUs, Press, Posters & Packaging Design

Whatever kind of artworker job you’re applying for, an employer will want to see that you’ve got experience with a range of formats and platforms across the digital and print sector. The most common formats that employers want you to have experience with include POS, FSDUs, press, posters, brochures and packaging – so it’s a good idea to name all of these on your CV if you have the relevant experience.

Strong Layout & Typographical Skills

Another common thing that employers look for when recruiting artworkers is strong layout and typographical skills. This includes creating effective high quality layouts to print and web-ready standards, understanding line lengths and leading, understanding the differences between typefaces and knowing which typefaces to use for certain elements of each design eg. headlines.

Strong Understanding Of Print Processes

When it comes to reviewing artworker CVs, employers want to see that a candidate has a strong understanding of print processes – both in terms of pre-press and post-production. You could demonstrate this on your CV by name-checking projects which have involved elements of pre-press and post-production, eg. imposing variable print files for digital print or liaising with external printers – or by simply naming them in your ‘key skills’ list.

Basic HTML and CSS

Although not essential for every employer, knowledge of basic HTML and CSS, along with experience with content management systems can win you extra brownie points when applying for new artworker jobs.