A few months ago we had the opportunity to hire a new graphic designer. We were super pumped about the opportunity. So we posted the job online, and we got 106 applicants for the opening.

106 applicants…

So yeah, that was a bit overwhelming. But we did get to walk away with some key insights from the entire process.

Your Resume Matters

One of the first insights we learned was that if you’re a designer and you want a job in design you’ve got to have a stellar resume. I’m not just talking the content of the resume itself; I’m talking the actual design of the resume.

It was surprising to me the number of applicants that turned in a resume that looked like it was just Word document with little thought put into typography. How much did resumes matter? Well, we were able to eliminate 85 applicants just based on the design of their resumes.