7 Real UX Designer Resumes and a Template

Putting together a resume can be a daunting step in the job search process, especially if you’re starting from scratch. For aspiring UX designers, there might be several questions putting together a resume might bring up. How should you list the skills you have? And how should you design it so that it looks appealing but not over-designed?

Here are several examples from real people to inspire your own UX designer resume, plus a template to get your started.

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UX designer resumes: From current student to senior designers

The following seven resumes are from designers at various stages in their careers. Though no resume is ever perfect, you can learn a lot by seeing what other people have done before you. Each has several takeaways you can incorporate into your own.

1. Current student

Lavi Tang's resume

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What you can learn:

  • If you’re a student, emphasize any relevant experience like internships or relevant extracurriculars to build out your resume. Look for opportunities on campus to exercise the skills you’ll want to use professionally. Join a student group that will let you use your design skills. You can also approach the leadership of a group you’re in already to see if you can take on any design projects, like designing social media posts or a website. Visit your career center to see if they can connect you with design internships and other opportunities. 

  • As a student, your work experiences might still be limited. Don’t be afraid to put down experiences that didn’t directly involve design. Work or club involvement that show your passions, or workplace skills like time management, collaboration, or communication can be beneficial.

Read more: 9 Essential Skills for UX Designers in 2021

2. UX design intern

Deia Green Resume 2021

Courtesy of Deia Green

What you can learn:

  • As an intern, you might not have led teams, but you probably learned new skills and had an impact. Thinking about how your work impacted a product, team, or company can be a good starting point to decide what to emphasize.

3. UX designer

fiona lin resume

Courtesy of Fiona Lin

What you can learn: 

  • Generally, it’s a good idea to organize jobs in chronological order to help hiring managers get a sense of your career progression. But if there’s something you want to emphasize before everything else, some exceptions can be made. A resume that prioritizes your skills and areas of expertise is called a “functional resume.”

4. Product designer

Elias Ruiz resume - 2021

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What you can learn:

Read more: 5 UX Designer Career Paths: Stepping Up Your Design Career

5. Senior UX designer

Shaunak Deo resume

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What you can learn

  • Shaunak transitioned his career from a systems analyst to a UX designer. If you’ve changed careers, it can be useful to quickly reference what you were doing before, if you have space. This can give the recruiter a fuller picture of who you are, and show that you might have some unique skills.

  • If you feel crunched for space, check to see if your resume has any excessive white space, or adjust your font sizes (though make sure it’s still easily readable). It’ll be a good idea to have somebody you trust look through your resume to catch any errors you might have overlooked.

Read more: 4 UX Careers Beyond Design You’ll Want to Explore

6. Creative director, UX designer, and student

Winona Nasser resume

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What you can learn

7. Senior product designer

elizabeth lin senior product designer resume

Courtesy of Elizabeth Lin

What you can learn: 

  • Good use of whitespace and design elements can make a resume look clean and give it space to breathe. But remember to prioritize the content you want to include. If you’re dying to incorporate a fun design element but find it just won’t fit, don’t worry—you’ll have your portfolio to show off your creativity too.

UX designer resume template

A blank page can be intimidating. Here’s a template you can use for inspiration.

We’ve kept it simple so you could customize your resume according to your tastes. Play around with fonts, add a dash of color, add another column, or rearrange any information to fit your needs. You may need to download the template and open in it a word processing program to make certain adjustments, like changing column widths.

The essentials

You’ll want to make sure you have the following items in your resume:

  • Name and contact information: Make sure you have your name, email address, link to a portfolio, and phone number listed somewhere easy to spot. You can also include your street address.

  • Portfolio: UX design resumes often include links to online portfolios that showcase a designer’s previous work. You’ll want to put this in a clearly visible place, like under your contact information. Here’s some guidance on putting together a UX designer portfolio.

  • Relevant experience: Your relevant experience should be listed in reverse chronological order, from most to least recent. Include the name of your employer, your title, applicable dates, and a short description of what you did and any significant achievements in a short paragraph or bullet point list.

  • Education: List your education history, including the name of your school, your degree (for example: B.A., A.S.), major, and years attended. 

  • Skills: Having a separate list of skills can be good in design resumes because they allow hiring managers to quickly see what technical skills you have. List any tools you’re familiar with in this section. Learn what skills are in-demand for UX designers.

  • What sets you apart: If you have the space, consider creating a section for achievements, recognitions, or even fun facts. If it won’t all fit on your resume, don’t worry—list what you think is essential and put the rest on your portfolio website.

What if I’ve never worked in UX design before?

Even if you haven’t worked as a UX designer, chances are you have some skills and experiences lined up that are applicable to the job. These can be experiences you’ve had in related fields like graphic design or web development. They can also include roles where relevant soft skills—like collaboration, communication, or time management—played an important part.

If you’re starting from scratch, or are looking to build up your hard skills in UX design, then consider enrolling in the Google UX Design Professional Certificate. You’ll learn how to conduct user research, use design tools like Figma and Adobe XD, and create your own portfolio.

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Designing your resume

Readability should be a priority in your resume, but there are some elements you can play with.

  • Colors: Your inner designer might be tempted to experiment with color on your resume—pops of color can certainly make a resume interesting. But try to keep it simple, and save any major design efforts for your portfolio. Stick with black text to make it easy to read. Keep in mind that there’s a chance your resume will be printed, so make sure any elements you do put in color will still be legible if printed in black and white ink.

  • Typefaces: Choose a simple and clean font for your text. You can experiment with more interesting fonts for small elements like your name or certain headings, so long as they’re still clearly legible. Try bolding or italicizing headings, or information like dates, for visual variety.

  • PDF it: Using columns, colorful elements, or hard-to-find fonts can make for appealing resumes, but they increase the chance of formatting errors in a Microsoft Word doc. Saving and sending your resume as a PDF will make sure your recipient will see what you intended them to see.

Read more: 7 UX Designer Portfolio Examples: A Beginners Guide

What to avoid

Avoid these mistakes to ensure you’re in as competitive a position as you can be.

  • Multiple pages: Though it might be tempting to do otherwise, keep your resume to one page. Choose information that you think will be relevant to the job. Any information you can’t fit can go into your portfolio or website.

Read more: How to Write an Effective Resume

Next steps

Putting together a resume can be a challenge, but it can also be a great opportunity to reflect on your past accomplishments, and think deeply about your next career move. It might also identify gaps in your skill set, or clarify what your strengths are. 

If you’re interested in sharpening your UX design skills—and earn a credential in the process—consider the Google UX Design Professional Certificate. You’ll learn UX concepts, practice user research, and create a professional portfolio, leaving you job-ready in less than six months.

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