As I started to receive applications for my internship position I posted about a few weeks ago ( NOW CLOSED ) — I realized that it could be very helpful to write some resume, cover letter, and general application tips for those of you applying for creative jobs out there. Landing that dream job of yours is all about how well you present yourself. Here are a few things to keep in mind :
FIRST LOOK – One of the most important things you can realize before applying for a creative job is that your work MATTERS. The person looking over your materials will almost always look at your portfolio ( or work submitted ) first. With that said, your portfolio and work should be presented in a way that you are proud of and be top priority. Everything should be up to date and tailored to showcase your best work. Make viewers WANT to stay and explore more about you + your work.
RESUME – These guys can be really really boring, let’s get real. So why not stand out in the crowd and do something unique + creative?? You’re in that business after all. Focus on not only having a good design, but a very organized document as well. Resumes crammed with text on one page are mind numbing and often overlooked, so be mindful of what information you truly believe needs to be included. Viewers will most importantly be interested in your experience / education levels, since they already have a sense of the work you produce from your portfolio.
COVER LETTERS – I personally believe that these are most often overlooked while prepping for a job application. Think of your cover letter as an extension of your resume + portfolio. It should be branded and presented just as well and continue to entice viewers. Plain word documents can feel very unfinished, so do all that you can to have your letter match the rest of your materials. The extra time it takes to get something like this ready is completely worth it. Viewers will take note of your attention to detail, I promise.
So there you have it … a few tips on how to present yourself nicely to be considered for a job position!! The more you meticulously care about how well you are being presented in all formats, the more you’ll be noticed and stand a part from the crowd.