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Sample Resume for a Web Designer & Graphics Artist - Critique

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In this sample resume critique, the certified professional resume writer at ResumeEdge explains the process of creating the client's "after" resume from the client's "before" resume.Sample Resume

So that you may easily compare them to judge the quality of ResumeEdge's work, both the "before" and "after" sample resumes are linked below. They are also linked from the Sample Resumes page.Sample Resume

Sample Resume Critique

Dear Kara,

To best showcase your IT talents, I chose the ResumeEdge Information Technology format. It emphasizes technical skills, superbly prioritizes data and employs the Arial font, giving your new resume a clean and modern appearance.

Additionally, I included your logo for KDD at the top to create a visually stunning image that sets your new resume apart from the rest of the applicants.

In formatting the header information, I chose to bold your name, increasing its size so that it would stand out from the rest of the text. I placed your contact information flush right, with your phone numbers slightly larger than the email and web page data, as hiring managers will generally call to set up an interview.

Because hiring managers are so busy and rarely, if ever, read entire resumes, I wanted to ensure that your most important data was brought out immediately. To that end, I wrote the tag “Visual Communicator,” followed by your skill set of “Graphic Designer, Webmaster, Web Designer, Developer.” At a glance, a hiring manager can easily see what you can offer the targeted firm.

Following this is a brief paragraph that summarizes and emphasizes your talents. I began by writing that you own Kara Dobbs Designs and the work you do there, specifically creating logos and promotional graphics for franchise specialty stores. Given that your clients are high-profile, I added the franchise names to lend credence to your success. Hiring managers prefer specifics, and that's what I provided by naming The Outlook, TM Express, and So Sweet.

Additionally, I made mention of your awards – another important matter to consider when enticing a hiring manager to read further. Ending this very important section is the link for your online portfolio. Within five short sentences, a hiring manager will know what you have accomplished, what you can offer, while also being provided with concrete examples of your work through your online portfolio.

I opened the next section with your computer skills. Whereas many IT resumes simply provide lists, ResumeEdge goes further by specifying the month or years of experience for each listing. Not only does this make the decision process easier for a hiring manager, it puts you far ahead of the competition.

In the Professional Experience section that follows, I separated your “Freelance” experience from your “Corporate Experience.” Again, specifics assist a hiring manager in determining what you did in your own business and how you used those skills in other arenas.

Here, I listed your work history in reverse chronological order (your latest job first), and included a company descriptor for each employer so that a hiring manager can see the scope of your contribution, in particular for large firms. I also added links for each of the corporate websites. This is another plus for the hiring manager, especially if the firm is not well known and needs to be researched.

Beneath each job, I separated your accomplishments from your general tasks, and began the bulleted sentences with the strongest action verbs possible, while also revising text for clarity, conciseness, and maximum impact.

For example, you wrote:

  • Created account winning proposals and presentations that resulted in a 50% client base growth between 2000 and 2002.
  • Collaborated with a team to design and develop the SamTrans on-line RFP/RFQ project. The automation of the RFP/RFQ process has saved the SamTrans Procurement Dept. vast amounts of time, money & resources.
  • Integrated AEC industry methodology into online ASP environments for such companies as: Caltrain, SamTrans, SRCSD, DMJM Harris, Parsons, BART, MTC, RMC Engineering, HDR Inc., VTA and Montgomery Watson. The ASP environment allows the client to have instant access to crucial information, thus improving their efficiency and workflow.

I revised that to read:

  • Grew client base 50% within two years by creating account-winning proposals and presentations.
  • Reduced SamTrans Procurement Department costs 48% and increased productivity 75% by automating RFP/RFQ process; established Web Design/Development Department.
  • Integrated AEC methodology into online ASP environments for Caltrain, SamTrans, BART, SRCSD, DMJM Harris, Parsons, MTC, RMC Engineering, HDR Inc., Montgomery Watson, and others.

In any accomplishment, a hiring manager wants to know what you did (“grew client base 50%,” “reduced SamTrans Procurement Department costs 48%,” “increased productivity 75%”), then how you did it (“…by creating account-winning proposals and presentations.” “…by automating RFP/RFQ process…”).

In your original resume you wrote “…saved the SamTrans Procurement Dept. vast amounts of time, money & resources.” Although that's quite true, it's not quantified. Hiring managers demand to know specifics, which you kindly provided after I called and spoke with you. The bulleted area is now stronger, more specific, and will put you far head of the competition.

I ended your resume with your Educational history, adding the data on your professional development courses.

Your ASCII (.txt) resume is attached, as is the Word document. The login for your web resume is included in the email.

To complete your “employment package” I ask that you consider the ResumeEdge cover letter service. A dynamic and professionally written cover letter entices a hiring manager to read your resume. At ResumeEdge, our cover letters are proactive and showcase accomplishments, the same as our resumes. I invite you to view our samples.

All decisions to modify or exclude data were in keeping with the guidelines and standards set forth by the Professional Association of Resume Writers (PARW). With this resume, you now have a powerful tool that's well-organized, filled with pertinent information, and is aesthetically pleasing.

It was a pleasure serving you, Kara. The best of luck in all your future endeavors.

ResumeEdge Writer
Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)

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