Artist Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 32,412 Artist resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing an Artist Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Art Direction, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write an Artist Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Artist CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
For Artists, the skill that stands out above all others in terms of how frequently it shows up on artist resumes is art direction, which is more than twice as common as the next common skill: adobe photoshop. Including these skills on your resume won't necessarily make you stand out from the crowd, but they can help reinforce your experience as an artist.
Top Skills for an Artist
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
How much work experience does the average artist candidate have?
The average artist resume contains 2.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your artist skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from artist resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Graphic Artist/Typesetter

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Artist
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Psychology
  • Assisted production employees with margins and embossing specifications to maintain the highest level of customer satisfaction.
  • Re-created customer logos for their ads when necessary.
  • Operated Meteorite Process Camera to produce photostats, halftones, transparencies and negatives.
  • Create & Recreate logos and Announcement or invitation such as Birthday, Wedding, Parties, etc
  • Assist the IT Director for systems administration for the production department (Windows 2000/NT and Macintosh machines).
Gallery Assistant (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Artist
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Journalism
  • Answer phones and write emails and flyers -Greet guests -Host evening receptions and guide tours -Transport and install artwork
  • Maintained digital financial records on Quickbooks and hardcopies through filing.
  • Set up a social network marketing system using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and various other social outlets.
  • Created PowerPoint presentations for Marketing group
  • Assisted international sculpture artist with sales, invoicing and portfolio documentation
Social Media Internship

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Artist
Master's Degree
Master's Degree - Computer Science
  • Scheduled social media content for Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram channels for Sears and Kmart.
  • Moderated all Sears Holdings social channels including: Facebook, Twitter, Community Platforms, YouTube, & Store Pages.
  • Assist marketing teams on social commerce and emerging media initiatives and assess ROI and scalability of local and national campaigns.
  • Recommended most efficient programs maximizing ROI.
  • Managed and maintained Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube as social and marketing outlets.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Artist
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Marketing
  • Reason for leaving Subway was because I was moving to California for college
  • Employed at two different Subway Stores, made sandwiches, cleaned the store, and worked the cash register.
  • Assist Subway customers with order, prepare food to customer specifications, operate cash registers and complete other jobs assigned by manager
  • Adhered to all quality standards, formulas and procedures as outlined in the SUBWAY Operations Manual.
  • Sandwich Artist Subway Made sandwiches, prepared food, and baked bread.
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Based on our analysis of artist resumes, the most common major for artist candidates is Fine Arts, but other majors made their way in as well. Graphic Design, Business and Photography were relatively common.
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As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Artist Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Artists. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Artists to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%