Graphic design CV example: CV template with slick headers and two columns

A stylish CV template featuring a bold border and slick black headers. The CV uses Open Sans font which is free and can be downloaded from Google. The template has been built using tables so it's super-easy to customise and adding more space for work experience is no hassle. On the second page, there's a three-column split with room for your choice of content - you could replace the Past Projects column with a quote from one of your references, some key achievements or key points that a prospective employer would be interested in.

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  • CV ref: #156
  • File size: 20kb
  • File format: Microsoft Word (.docx)
  • File name: Slick-Headers-Template.docx
  • Fonts required: Open Sans (free)
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This lovely CV template has been filled out with example information for a graphic designer but could be used for a whole range of roles. The template has been created using tables which means anyone can edit it and adding in further pages is a doddle. The bold heading at the top, soft grey headers and triple column for extra information (currently on the second page) make this CV unique, and the bold black border adds an eye catching touch.

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Country House, 123, Country Street, West Bromwich B1 234
(01949) 123 456 | |
Instagram: @jamesjonesdesign


I am a qualified, skilled graphic designer who is incredibly passionate about design, branding and customer experience. I hold a BA (Hons) (2:1) in Graphic Design and I am ACA certified in various Adobe CC apps (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign). I design for both digital and print media, and I have a large portfolio demonstrating my abilities. Samples of my past work are attached with more to be found on my website/Instagram.


Graphic Designer

Bailey & May, March 2015 – date

In this in-house role I design all graphics for the company both online & offline including: banners for their website and social media, email campaigns, company leaflets and catalogues, magazine ads and newspaper ads, display stands, business stationary and more. I also proactively updated all brand assets as necessary. In addition, I train and mentor a graphic design apprentice.

Senior Graphic Designer

Obi Graphics Ltd, May 2012 – February 2015

Working for this busy marketing agency, I designed graphics to fulfil client requirements including websites banners, brochures, magazine spreads, landing pages, exhibition stands, booklets and more. All graphics were highly creative while maintaining consistency with the client’s brand guidelines. As a senior team member I produced accurate artwork for printers & proofed more junior team members’ printers proofs for errors, dealing with minor issues.

Junior Graphic Designer

Design Views Ltd, March 2011 – April 2012

In this junior role for a small design agency, I produced website graphics and email newsletters for clients. In addition, I produced quality social media content, design for a printed magazine and a wide range of graphics for a client’s online coaching platform.


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)


  • Strong creative flair, good visual sense and the ability to generate ideas.
  • Ability to create high quality, accurate, on time, and on brief creative design assets, fully aligned with brand strategy.
  • Proven ability to deliver strong social media “hero” visuals that result in a high return in interactions.
  • ACA in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.
  • Buckets of creative flair (see attached examples, portfolio and Instagram)
  • Creating placement graphics, as well as AOP prints, in a broad range of graphic and hand-painted handwritings.
  • Very strong organisational and communication skills.
  • Mac literate.
  • Basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, WordPress, Dreamweaver.
  • Very confident user of Mailchimp.
  • Capable of editing HTML for email campaigns.


  • Banner adverts
  • Magazine/newspaper ads
  • Landing pages
  • Email campaigns
  • Some basic video work
  • Leaflets and brochures
  • Product catalogues
  • Exhibition displays
  • …and much more (see attached & website)


  • Photography
  • Going to the gym
  • Playing Badminton
  • Creating new origami designs of my own
  • Playing computer games
  • Travelling
  • Volunteering (I produce graphics for several local charities)
  • Learning French


Available from my current and past roles, on request.

Template details:

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Q: What sections does my graphic design CV example need?

The standard sections for your CV are:

  • Personal details
    • Name, address and phone number(s)
    • Email address
    • Optionally, Twitter and/or LinkedIn handle where these show that you’re up-to-date with and sharing industry knowledge (read more about creating a LinkedIn profile to complement your CV here).
    • Optionally, your Instagram account if this has examples of your design work
    • Optionally, personal website address where this provides more of your portfolio and/or shows you’re sharing industry knowledge, demonstrates some other key skill or provides a more comprehensive online CV in an attractive format
  • Introduction (called ‘Objective’ or ‘Personal Statement’)
  • Work experience (most recent first), giving for each:
    • Job title
    • Company name
    • From and to date (month & year)
    • Responsibilities
    • Optionally, achievements if any of your work has performed especially well. Otherwise, this is covered by attaching samples and signposting employers to where they can find more of your work (e.g LinkedIn, your website)
  • Education (most recent first), giving the name of the qualification, the awarding institution where it was studied and the year awarded
    • If you have any certification (such as ACA or ACE), you may choose to include this here
  • Skills (relevant to the job – optionally, give proficiency levels e.g. basic, intermediate or advanced)
  • Hobbies & interests
  • References (this can say ‘available on request’ or it can be left off altogether as they will be requested anyway if you’re offered the job)

Optionally, you might also include (where relevant):

  • Professional memberships
  • Awards
  • Publications
  • Key achievements – if you have any particularly successful pieces of work that you want to highlight
  • Projects – again, if you’ve worked on relevant projects whilst employed in a position or whilst at college/university, these should be included alongside the relevant position or qualification – but if they don’t relate, you could include them in a separate section

Since actual ability triumphs everything else when it comes to graphic design, we recommend attaching a variety of samples of your work (created for digital and print media) to your CV, and signposting employers to your website or Instagram account where you should create a portfolio of further work.

Completing your graphic design CV

When filling in this graphic design CV example, particular attention should be given to the job advert, so any particular skills that you have which the employer is looking for specifically should be highlighted. Typically for these posts, employers will be looking for competence in a range of software packages.

  • Essentials: One or more of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator
  • Depending on the job: Premiere Pro, After Effects

When you’re writing your CV, ensure it focuses on the most relevant experience and relevant qualifications. For example, if the role is very much graphic design without any video work, don’t go into a lot of detail about video experience (although do mention it briefly, as it may be a bonus to employers). Employers spend just a few seconds looking through applications and have very little time to filter through pages to find what they are looking for. Ensure the key skills take a front seat on your CV.

If you’re short on work experience, you may also like to consider volunteering whilst you’re hunting for a job – this is a valuable way to increase your experience and avoid gaps on your CV. It can also make you more attractive to some employers – according to MCCS Forward, a 2011 survey conducted by LinkedIn revealed that one out of every five hiring managers in the U.S. has hired a candidate because of their volunteer work experience.  Here’s a helpful video on making the most of volunteering:

Freelancing is another good way for graphic designs to build their work experience and portfolio. You can pick up freelancing work on sites such as:

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