Being a recent graduate has its perks. No more early morning classes, no more critical theory headaches and no more sleepless nights holding a paintbrush and my wits together by a thread. But now that I’ve been thrust out into the real world I find that I am focusing a lot more on putting my best foot forward – in a lot of ways. Today I woke up at 5:30 a.m. to go work out, something that never would have happened over the last two years as a grad student unless there was a nap or snacks involved. This, of course, involves going to bed at an earthly hour, but I’m beginning to get that thing adults always say about nothing good happening after 1 a.m., in that that nothing good really happens on a weeknight after 11 p.m., unless it’s pizza.
Putting my best foot forward also has a lot to do with presenting myself as a desirable job candidate, and thus: The Resume. And for designers, personal branding. That little one-page, eight-and-a-half-by-eleven fate decider is anyone’s ticket to their dream job. What you do with it is technically up to you. There are so many things we are told that it has to be – only one page because nobody has time to read your life story, not too crowded, so don’t invite every word you’ve ever known to the party, and reflective of your personality so you stand out in a sea of applicants. As a designer I’m used to pushing things around a page all day, arrow key by arrow key, and as a journalist I’m used to starting with 50 words and ending with four, so pretty much challenge accepted.
Above is the personal branding suite I came up with for myself, along with the logo I created to represent my photography practice.