Graphic design CV : ‘Centred focus’ free template in MS Word

This is a smart two column CV template where the content is aligned to the centre. We've built the template in tables to make it super easy to edit, and there's a second page if you want to add more information such as an extended work history. As usual all the fonts are free - and the heading font (Harlow Solid Italic) is optional so you can instead replace this with Open Sans for a more formal look.
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CV template details:

  • CV ref: #157
  • File size: 22kb
  • File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • File name: Centre-Focused-CV-template.docx
  • Fonts required: Harlow Solid Italic, Open Sans Light, Open Sans
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  • Graphic design CV : 'Centred focus' free template in MS Word Overall rating: 4.7 out of 5 based on 9 reviews.
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Make sure you have Open Sans and Open Sans light as a minimum before starting work on this template - and if you want to keep your name in the fancy font, we recommend installing Harlow Solid Italic as well.

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Samuel Jones | Graphic designer

Country House, 123, Country Street, West Bromwich B1 234 | (01949) 123 456 | samuel@jones.com | LinkedIn: @samjones

Objective

I am a Graphic Designer with 15+ years of experience looking for a new challenge. I have a comprehensive portfolio of both web and print design projects, and I am an expert user of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. I am also competent in UI/UX principles.

Work history

Senior Graphic Designer
Obi Wan Design Ltd, 2015 – 2018
Key responsibilities included producing online communications such as landing pages, eshots, video work and apps/iBooks to offline communications such as flyers, brochures, invites, materials for exhibitions and shows.

Senior Graphic Designer
James Jones Ltd, 2012 – 2015
Key responsibilities included working closely with copywriters, fellow designers and a wider team of marketing strategists, analysts and sector specialists on multi-disciplined projects and campaigns for B2B customers.

Graphic Designer
Simple Ltd, 2009 – 2012
Key responsibilities included working within the creative team to manage and deliver all projects from brief to final artwork, ensuring excellent and consistent standards are met at all times.

Trainee Graphic Designer
Fabulous & co, 2003 – 2009
Key responsibilities included designing resources such as promotional literature, catalogues, POS and posters, creation of additional assets including exhibition graphics, video and animation for both print and digital.

Education

Masters in Graphic Design (Merit)
Lincoln University, 2001 – 2002

BA (Hons) Graphic Design (2:1)
Lincoln University, 1999 – 2001

4 A Levels
Lincoln College, 1997 – 1999
Graphic Design (A), Art (A), Media (A), Maths (A)

Skills

  • Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
  • Experience of working in digital communications and coding HTML, CSS & JavaScript using the latest web standards and technology.
  • Experience of using email automation such as Pardot or Mailchimp.
  • Creative thinker, comfortable illustrating and creating artwork.
  • Excellent communication skills, excellent organisational skills, the ability to multi-task, handle tight deadlines & be adaptable and flexible to changes in priorities.

Interests

  • 3D printing
  • Acrobatics
  • Acting

References

References are available on request.

Template details:

Here’s a full preview of page one of this graphic design CV:

Graphic design CV - page one

And here’s page two, which can easily be adapted to add more sections:

Graphic design CV - page two

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More on editing this curriculum vitae template:

This is a lovely fresh graphic design CV template with a soft grey header that puts your name in the Harlow Solid Italic font. You could of course switch this out for another font – perhaps Open Sans – to match the rest of the template.

The header has little other detail – just the soft grey background and room for your profession, if you want to include it. We’ve used open sans in lower case for this, adding in letter spacing to make it more interesting and to match the rest of the template headers. The grey background is optional and easy to remove (perhaps if you have an older printer that doesn’t print blocks so well). Just click anywhere in the grey area away from the text and hit return.

Moving down, all of the template headers are outlined by a simple thin line and use open sans with letter spacing again. Each of the headers is a table cell so you’ll find them quite a bit easier to edit if you enable the ‘show text boundaries’ option in Word. In Word 2010 you can find this by going to HOME > OPTIONS > ADVANCED and scroll down to ‘Show Document Content’ then just tick the ‘Show text boundaries’ checkbox. Now you’ll be able to see a faint outline of where everything is on the page, which won’t show when you print it or save as a PDF.

For the text on this template, we’ve used Open Sans again – it’s such a great, easy to read font! All the text has been aligned to the centre in two columns which are easy to customise
according to your needs. In keeping with what most people look for, we’ve made the work experience section the largest, but if you need more space you could put the skills section on the next page, shuffle the education section down and use the right hand column for more experience. Because we made this template for you in tables which simply continue onto the next page, it’s very easy to chop and change, especially once the text boundaries are shown.

Of course, it’s important to keep your CV concise and to the point, so don’t be tempted to include more detail than necessary. In the UK, typically, a curriculum vitae spans no more than 2 pages unless you’re going for a very advanced position where a full breakdown of previous awards and publications is expected. It is usual to put your work experience first and experience is a big focus. By contrast, US companies typically expect just one page (usually referred to as a résumé) and academic qualifications/credentials are a huge focus. You can get a lot on to one page with a bit of editing – reduce the size of the header, drop the font size down to 10pt and you create more than enough space to incorporate everything your prospective employer needs to know.

Not sure what to write?

If the job advert is thin on requirements, try looking at job profiles to see what employers typically look for when searching for graphic designers. For example:

BONUS TIP: Joining a professional organisation is a great way to show passion for your industry. For graphic designers, AIGA, the Graphic Artists Guild, the Society of Illustrators and the Society of Publication Designers may all be of interest.

About Jen Wiss-Carline

Jen Wiss-Carline has been a Senior Manager and Consultant for several sizeable companies which included dealing with all aspects of staff management and recruitment. She is also a Chartered Legal Executive, and was admitted as a Fellow in February 2006.

Jen's qualifications include:
LL.B (Hons) (1st)
Chartered Legal Executive (FCILEx)
PG Cert Bus Admin
PgDip Law (LPC)
LL.M (Master of Laws) (Distinction)

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