In the world of graphic design sometimes it is not enough to send a CV that only outlines your studies and experience. Companies need practical examples of your work. In this respect, being original and presenting high quality examples is a deciding factor to get the job.
We had previously given 32 amazingly creative job application examples that could help you stand out from other job seekers. Today we go a step further and give you some inspiration to make a video CV, a practice that is becoming widespread among graphic designers, specifically 3D specialists. The opportunity to show their skills, alongside their education and experience, drives this new trend.
The first step is to create an action plan. We want to show companies that we are able to create and give life. As a 3D graphic designer, the best way to do so is by creating different characters which will show your skills in the matter. This sounds basic but is the core of the experience. The result will not be outstanding without a good story behind it.
We are going to use this video CV of the Spanish graphic designer Javier Hernández as example. He has chosen different characters –people, cartoon characters and animals- because their rigging -their internal skeleton- allowed them to be very expressive.
After you have chosen the characters, you have to write a catchy script and interact with the characters that you created.
In this particular case, the artist starts to explain his CV while the characters interrupt him. The first character that appears is a small girl over his shoulder. After that, a cartoon comes down from a rope and the artist decides to catch it and take it out. The characters continue to show up. The next one is a big dog that plays with the graphic designer. In the background you can also see Spiderman and a woman, in real size, that gives him some advice.
In this manner, Javier has built a catchy and funny story with our characters showing the recruiters what we are able to create with 3D.
There are some other ways to create your own original video CV if you are a 3D designer. For example, the artist Jacob Hall creates his own brand and builds his video as an advertisement.