Careers in Culture – Careers in Visual Arts and Crafts

> Résumés

Chances are you'll be submitting a résumé along with your portfolio if you're applying for work, trying to get an exhibition, or looking for a spot in an art school.

Paint a Picture of Yourself

Think of your résumé as a portrait of yourself – one that you have to re-paint each time you apply for a position. Put a Career Objective at the top of your résumé to target the art school, company, or organization and the studies or work that you are interested in. Then write your résumé in such a way that the information reinforces your Objective. It should be neat and brief – one page is usually sufficient. Make sure that it highlights your creative skills and achievements.

  • Target the position and use this space to state briefly your skills and goals.
  • Indicate any showings that you've had of your work and list any prizes or awards.
  • Highlight your work experiences, particularly those that relate to your interests. Include, in reverse chronological order, part-time work, summer jobs, internships, contracts and self-employment.
  • Put your best foot forward by listing your achievements and experiences – including volunteer work – that demonstrate your creative skills.
  • Emphasize those activities that relate to your Career Objective.
  • Demonstrate the range of your interests.
  • Get permission from your references ahead of time to make sure you can give out their names, addresses and phone numbers if requested.

Sample Résumé for Work as an Artist

Résumé Tips

  • Keep your résumé to one page, if possible.
  • Make sure there are no typos, spelling errors or grammatical mistakes.
  • Include any achievement or experience that demonstrates your special qualities.
  • Don’t send photos of yourself, or other personal information such as age or marital status.

Sample Résumé for Work as a Manager/Administrator