GDA Lecture: The Resume Workshop

<b>On March 20th, Tyler Dockery spoke to the GDA on Wake Tech’s Main Campus in the Engineering and Technology Building (ETB).</b>

<h1 style=”clear:both;”>GDA Lecture: The Resume Workshop</h1>

The resume workshop began quickly, because we planned to view over 160 resumes in the short time we had.

Beginning with IIT’s 100 master candidate resumes, we glanced over the resumes of 100 individuals with design experience cover 1-2 decades in the field. We found them to be informative, but sedate, and not at all exciting. We found them to contain lots of information, but very, very little in the way of information that would tell us about the individual. Most students actually agreed we should skim through them faster, and that it would be easy to get lost in this shuffle of papers.

Next, we focused on 60 designs I pulled from my own sources. These gave an individual grasp quickly and easily, telling us about the individual even before we could focus on the writing involved. Students overwhelmingly decided what they liked about these designs quickly and easily. Not all were winners, and it was easy to see why or why not.

Students found that flashier resumes could quickly give the intent of the designer to the individual who would be hiring them. They agreed that one of these resumes would quickly and easily stand out in a stack of the other resumes.

We finished the discussion by talking about what careers the students wanted to pursue and how they might go about showing that thorough their resumes. Marsha Mills discussed the importance of what you say and how you say it, and the double importance of having a separate resume for web design work and graphic design work, and possible photographic or illustrative jobs. Students left with the clear understanding of how a resume is really a typographic problem, but also how it can affect their overall perception.

Open Letter to Students from Tyler Dockery

Dear Students,

I’d like to share a short email I exchanged with one of our non-GDA students. The question was a simple on: What do you do when you have no experience?

From: Student X
To: Tyler Dockery

Mr. Dockery,
I just have a small question about our resume that we have to create. I’ve only had one job and it doesn’t relate to graphic design. I had that job about a year ago and was wondering if I should just make something up for the sake of the project? If not, what should I put?


Student X

Student X,

Good question. If you don’t have experience, then what do you have? DO NOT fake on your resume. If you send it by mistake, you’re in big trouble and can get blacklisted on public service listings that headhunter and other agencies use. Avoid that.

I’ll send you a follw up email shortly


Dear Student X,

1) Do you have volunteer experience? This could be school related, club related, organizational, girl scouting, etc).
2) What qualities did your last job have that are good? Did you do customer service and problem solving? did you work with money and you are trustworthy and detail-oriented? Did you answer phones and route information? Did you carry out production work which allowed a company to work smoothly?
3) Are you currently an active member of a school or community group, such as the GDA (graphic Design Associates) here on main campus or the TIMA (triangle interactive media Association), or a networking group like Coffee and Contacts?
4) Do you have certifications that can pad your experience so that people will see your graduation date for 2015 or 2016 and understand you have strong design connections? If not, consider looking for and completing one or more free certificates on their site.
5) Are you currently an intern? Should you seek one if not? Have you listed all of your skills in software and programming?
6) Do you have your online website set ( if you don’t have one).
7) Have you sought out the career services office on Main campus (etb building hallway with our offices) and discussed your resume?

If all else fails, fill your resume with a face picture, vector images, photomanipulation, whatever will show your skills and talents.

I hope that helps. Research some Resumes and CV online and see what they’re showing. Revisit the resumes you felt were good examples and see what they have. I know you can do it.

Tyler Dockery
919-866-5383 Office

From: Student X
To: Tyler Dockery

Mr. Dockery,

Thank you so much, this really helped. I’ll have some work to do, and some stuff to research.


GDA Lecture: Adobe Illustrator How-To

<b>On February 18th, Tyler Dockery spoke to the GDA about Adobe Illustrator and gave one-on-one help to students new to Illustrator.</b>

<h1>GDA Lecture: Adobe Illustrator How-To</h1>

While I would love to tell you that this was a standing-room only lecture, the odd timing with the school day made this a handful of people only. As this was posted as a beginner tutorial, students with illustrator experience did not show, and since we were running a class of illustrator at the time, it made for a small but charged group.

Together, we gauged the room  too find that everyone was already familiar with the pen tool from the photoshop classes that we teach. So, with a few subtle nuances of the pen tool to teach at a rapid pace, we began discussing shapes and the pathfinder tools. Students in such a small environment were able to quickly and easily find the pros of using these two tools together.

Moving onto text and creating outlines, we undertook a simple exercise of creating a d in futura and adding a leaf onto it with the pen tool by combing text outlines and shapes with the pathfinder tool. We then filled this with a green-to-brown gradient and used the paste-inside command to add grey rock images below the brown to create an environmental letter.

Although students were already familiar with illustrator as a thing, many stated they were very excited about going home and trying it out on their own projects.

We then talked about live trace (live paint) for a few minutes, and talked about the distinct differences with bitmap and vector imagery. Students left excited and full of ideas.

Portfolio Critique presented by Julie Evans, Carla Osborne, and Leslie Solomon

Portfolio Critique presented by Julie Evans, Carla Osborne, and Leslie Solomon

On Tuesday, Feb 17th, Marsha Mills and the GDA team were given an opportunity to have their work critiqued by Julie Evans, and Carla Osborne, Wake Tech Advertising and Graphic Design Faculty as well as Leslie Solomon, Adjunct Instructor of Advertising and Graphic Design.

“This was a great opportunity” mentioned Lynette Williams. “I got some feedback and I’ll make some changes.”

Several students will be participating in the AIGA portfolio reviews, and many students are working on their final portfolios. This represented a good chance for students to put their work into the hands of experienced designers outside the classroom.

“I think we’ll be well prepared for the AIGA review this year,” added Club Faculty Member Marsha Mills. “We’ve got some strong candidates and they really seem to be listening. Some students were a little disappointed with what they heard, but that’s really what a critique is all about.”

Many students showed their resumes and business cards as well as their Leave-behinds as part of this review. Faculty member Tyler Dockery pulled aside a few students and asked them about their thoughts.

“Everything you present will be scrutinized,” said Stan Mallard. “If your resume is boring, you must be boring. If your business card is amateurish— Surprise, they’ll see you as an amateur. If your work isn’t good, you won’t be a good hire. We’re really pushing ourselves to stand out.”

“I want to get a good job. That means ensuring that every piece in my portfolio is as good as it can be. But when the interview is done, this leave-behind will hopefully keep me on their mind.” said Ashley DiFabrizio. “This AIGA portfolio review will be a great networking opportunity”.