While photography employs technical and analytical skills, it is commonly considered a creative industry. Because the nature of this industry is to be creative in exchange for compensation, it calls for creativity when crafting an ideal resume. However, photographers should take caution and exercise restraint as well.

Many hiring managers for photography studios begin to yearn for traditional resumes, after pouring over resumes that are too creative to be effective. Learning creative ways to make your photography resume stand out is ideal for finding employment – however, the resume should also be practical and usable. Learning the balance between practicality and creativity is important to creating a lasting career as a photographer.

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Creative Ways to Make Your Photography Resume

Required Elements of a Photography Resume

Finding the balance between a pragmatic resume and a creative resume begins by simply creating the data that will be conveyed. Gather all information that you would like to include on your resume prior to beginning the design process. Below is all of the information that should be readily available on your resume.

  • Contact Information – Your potential employer will need to know how to contact you! Make it easier for them by having prominently displayed contact information; make sure to include your email address and phone number. You may also wish to include links to social networking profiles so that prospective employers can stay connected to you.
  • Exhibits and Presentations – Detail any notable exhibits or presentations of which you have been involved. Each time you take part in a prominent exhibit, be sure to update your resume with this information. Your involvement in these exhibits will set you apart from other applicants.
  • Relevant Work Experience – Provide detailed information about your past employment and any relevant experience. Discuss work done for charities or nonprofit organizations, as well as traditional paid projects. You may also wish to include any sales or customer service experience, as photography studios will put these skills to use.
  • Honors and Awards –Include any recognition that you have received throughout your career as a photographer; every honorable mention and award will set you apart from other applicants and help illustrate your skill
  • Education and Training – You will need to convey any specialized training or degrees that you have received. This will prove vital in separating you from the pack. Discuss any of the photography schools that you have attended and be prepared to talk about what you learned from them.

Creative Methods of Conveying Information

Use your creative skills to convey the information that has already been gathered. Below are a few suggestions for ways to present your resumes information in creative and entertaining ways.

  • Infographics – An infographic is a creative way to convey information that has taken the internet world by storm. It is common to see infographics on various websites that act to present interesting information in an entertaining way. Use this emerging media format to creatively enhance your resume.
  • Interactive Maps – Since your resume is likely to be sent online, use your HTML skills to embed an interactive map within your resume. This map can detail exactly where you worked, where you went to school and include notes about each location.
  • Flow Charts – These types of charts are similar to infographics; however they are more guided methods of conveying information. A flow chart can be used to show your evolution as a photographer, illustrating major accomplishments along the way.

Let Creativity Be Your Guide

Begin creatively putting together your resume by gathering the data that you would like to convey. Do not make the mistake of beginning with the design process or you may neglect required information. Once you have gathered all required data, you will be prepared to design a creative resume. With some time and attention to detail, you will be ready to find the kind of gainful employment that you want.

Editor’s Note: This article is written by Derek Chaparral, a contributing writer and hiring manager at a photography studio. Derek began taking photos of his high school sports teams in 1995 and has continued to improve his talents with the ever-evolving world of photographic technology.
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