As a presentation designer, your resume is your calling card, as well as the first thing any potential client sees upon contact. Therefore, it is essential to develop an impressive and responsive portfolio which will resonate strongly with your potential clients and impart confidence in your ability to consistently elevate their presentation to the next level. Your resume should contain a brief description of your professional history and a professional picture of your work, ideally taken in an environment which shows off your talents.
The format of your resume is not limited to a single cover sheet; you can utilize a set of three, four or five individual covers for your different design projects. The most common format seen amongst presentation designers is a single two-page spread showing your professional history, professional skills and references. Additional information can be added onto each page, such as a personal profile, professional awards and references, a detailed breakdown of your work and a description of the specific presentation you were responsible for. However, if you prefer to limit your portfolio to a single slide, make sure it is appropriately themed, reflecting the specific project and its audience. Other than this basic format, there are no other strict rules associated with a presentation designer resume.
As far as the content of your presentations, you have the prerequisites of clear text, properly formatted fonts and proper spacing. However, many presentation designers feel that including a bulleted list, or even a table of contents is a good idea. In fact, this is also a good way to organize your portfolio and showcase your work. Most graphic designers find the process of selecting graphic designs to be much more challenging than the content of the slides themselves! Once you’ve selected a layout for your presentation, make sure you make it easy to navigate so your audiences can get right to work.