It’s been quite the while, perhaps a little too long, since I’ve done much resume work. Fortunately, I haven’t had much of a need as I am (finally) in a pretty awesome job that I love, and have been for the last few years, so working on my resume has not been at the forefront of my mind. That being said, there was something inspiring about this particular project that totally reinvigorated my interest in self-promotion and resume design. Part of the inspiration I’m sure came from the intention of the project, which was to help my recently graduated cousin as she embarks on her journey entering the “real world” and joining the rest of us in the post-graduate workforce. Of course the fact that this was also a well received design may have also helped rekindle that fire I have for design. Whatever the reason, I was happy with the results. I even got to thinking: perhaps there’s something to this; perhaps I could start working with those looking for more self-promotional pieces.
For me, the biggest question ultimately is: do I really want to get back into more freelance work?
While I’ve been doing the full-time thing, I haven’t done much freelancing. Not that I’m complaining, I’ve happily enjoyed the nine to five hours of the full-time schedule, leaving the rest of my time open to explore some of my long-time interests such as fencing, martial arts and improv. Perhaps in once again finding the hobby of design, and taking on more of these types of interesting projects, I might continue to cultivate the inspiration needed to continue making great work all around.
Ultimately design is my passion, but as with most things in life, the challenge can come with keeping things fresh. I’m not saying this resume design was anything earth-shatteringly new design-wise, but it did serve that purpose to get me thinking a little more creatively, especially when the only resumes I’ve ever really worked on were my own. There was something very refreshing about not serving as both the designer and client for this type of project. Working on a resume for someone else removed that added element of self critique, and allowed me to just have fun with the design.
I don’t know if now is the right time to be starting up the freelance work again, but it’s definitely something to consider. I like the idea of a more focussed approach, and working with those interested in more self-promotional materials could be a fun direction to take. Definitely something to consider, but in the mean time, I will continue to have fun in life and design; see where the winds take me, and focus on enjoying the ride!