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Creative Resume Tips for Photographers

November 14, 2017

We hate to break it to you, but when it comes to resumes for photographers, a boring black and white one simply won’t do.

You see, photographers are a creative bunch working in a very visually-rich, yet crowded industry. Chances are there are a ton of other photographers applying for the same position and your resume is the quickest way to stand out from the pack.

Not only should your resume list your achievements and expertise, but it should also represent your personality and showcase just how visually creative you are. It might sound a little overwhelming, but you should consider yourself lucky. After all, not every industry would applaud a job-related document that’s overflowing with color, pattern, and other fun elements!

Today we’re going to look at creative resume tips for photographers to help you make a lasting (and remarkable) impression next time you apply for a job. Let’s get started!

Use Pre-Designed Templates

We understand that as a photographer, you’re busy doing other things (such as running your business), so might not have hours to spare designing a professional yet beautifully-designed resume.

Thankfully, there are plenty of options online, including both paid and free alternatives, that will allow you to do so with just a few clicks of your mouse.

Canva, for example, is a popular platform that has hundreds of resume templates on offer, all of which are eye-catching, professionally-designed, and easy to customize with your own information. You’ll find that the most gorgeous templates will cost you, however these are usually just a few dollars. Don’t let that put you off though, as many of the free templates are actually quite stunning themselves!

Do you use Microsoft Word? The popular program also contains a number of resume templates which can be tweaked to perfection. While they lack the creativity of Canva’s templates, they allow you to use your imagination and own skills to bring them to life (ensuring that you’ll have a resume design perhaps no employer has seen before!).

Additionally, you can purchase and customize a resume template from online sources such as Creative Market and Etsy. Many of these are stunning, however they may set you back around $5 – $20 for an exceptionally beautiful design.

What to Include

Once you’ve got your creative resume template or design under control, you’ll want to ensure that all of the necessary information and elements are included on it. These are:

  • Your full name
  • Industry / profession
  • Location (just city and state will suffice)
  • Education
  • Work experience / previous jobs
  • Skills / what you specialize in
  • Any relevant awards or achievements
  • Referee information
  • Contact details
  • Link to online portfolio / website
  • Social media information (if you have Instagram or Facebook profiles dedicated solely to your photography)
  • Portrait photo (not always necessary but can be a nice, personable touch)
  • Goals / what you hope to achieve in the position you’re applying for (also not necessary, but some employers love to see this).

The information above is important for any resume, however because we’re concentrating on creative resume tips for photographers, we’ll also discuss other fun elements below that you can add in order to stand out from the crowd.

Firstly, you’ll want to stick to a design aesthetic or style with your resume. Think about the branding of your photography business or portfolio, i.e. the specific color scheme, imagery themes, fonts, etc. that you use. Using these in your resume will reinforce your personal branding, something which is extremely important to set yourself apart, yet which is often overlooked.

We recommend using a maximum of two cohesive (rather than clashing) colors in your resume, along with just two fonts that pair nicely together. If you choose to use an attention-grabbing font (such as a hand-written or cursive style), then this would work best when paired with a simple sans-serif font. Don’t be afraid to experiment with fonts or color schemes until you create something that really shines!

Additionally, you’ll want to implement creative and visually-pleasing ways to break up your resume’s text. These documents can have a lot of written content on them, so use things such as lines, decorative dividers, shapes, or anything else you can think of to keep your resume interesting, yet uncluttered.

Showcase Your Work

While a resume isn’t meant to act as a visual portfolio, there’s no harm in cleverly sneaking one of your very own photos onto it. You can easily do this by placing it as a header on the resume, whilst overlaying information such as your name, profession, and location in this section.

You’ll certainly want to provide a link to your online portfolio or website so employers can click-through to it (even if it’s just in the footer of your resume design), but placing just one of your very best photos in the header will certainly impress your potential employer (and convince them to actually go and check out more of your work).

There you have it – our creative resume tips for photographers to help you land that next job. Best of luck! Having a beautifully-designed resume that showcases your work and achievements is one of the best ways to stand out from the crowd when applying for photography-related jobs.


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