Graphic Design Resume Keywords and Skills (Hard Skills)

Here are the keywords and skills that appear most frequently on recent Graphic Design job postings. In other words, these are the most sought after skills by recruiters and hiring managers. So try to include them on your resume where possible. Go to the Sample Templates ↓ below to see how to include them on your resume.

Remember that every job is different. Instead of including all these keywords on your resume, identify the keywords most relevant to the job you're applying to and include those. Use the free Targeted Resume tool to help with this.

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  • Graphic Design
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Logo Design
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Graphics
  • Adobe Creative Suite
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  • Web Design
  • Photography
  • Illustration
  • Page Layout
  • Advertising
  • Video Editing
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Typography
  • After Effects
  • Brochures
  • Poster Design
  • Branding
  • Design
  • Computer Graphics
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • WordPress
  • Digital Printing
  • QuarkXPress
  • Motion Graphics
  • Cinema 4D
  • Motion Design
  • Animation
  • Storyboarding
  • Film
  • Video Production
  • Video Post-Production
  • Video
  • Compositing
  • Art Direction
  • Branding & Identity
  • Corporate Identity
  • SOE Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Print Design
  • Brand Development
  • Art
  • Multimedia
  • Digital Photography
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Dreamweaver
  • Social Media
  • Mac
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Digital Marketing
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Resume Skills: Design Tools

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Sketch
  • InDesign
  • Figma
  • Corel Draw
  • GIMP
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Canva
  • CorelDRAW
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • CorelDraw
  • Balsamiq
  • Zeplin
  • Adobe XD
  • UserTesting
  • Wireframing
  • Prototyping
  • User Research
  • Interaction Design
  • Mobile-first Design
  • User Flow
  • Information Architecture
  • Interactive Design
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Resume Skills: Software

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Sketch
  • InDesign
  • Figma
  • Corel Draw
  • GIMP
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Canva
  • CorelDRAW
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • CorelDraw
  • Dreamweaver
  • Flash
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Resume Skills: Web Design

Resume Skills: Other Tools

Resume Skills: Languages

Resume Skills: Project Management

Resume Skills: 3D modelling

Resume Skills: Motion Graphics

Resume Skills: Programming

Resume Skills: Other

Resume Skills: Branding

  Does your resume contain all the right skills? Paste in your resume in the AI Resume Scan ↓ section below and get an instant score.

Compare Your Resume To These Graphic Design Skills (ATS Scan)

Paste your resume below and our AI will identify which keywords are missing from your resume from the list above (and what you need to include). Including the right keywords will help you get past Applicant Tracking Systems (i.e. resume screeners) which may scan your resume for keywords to see if you're a match for the job.

Sample Graphic Design Resume: How To Include These Skills

Add keywords directly into your resume's work experiences, education or Skills section, like we've shown in the examples below. Use the examples below as inspiration.

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Your Name
Graphic Design Professional
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded August 2021 - Present
Chief Graphic Designer
Headed the overhaul and modernization of website graphics leading to a 40% increase in user engagement.
Conceptualized and executed design for annual sales report incorporating infographics, slashing production time by 25%.
Devised effective branding strategy incorporating Typography and Logo Design, resulting in a 50% rise in brand recognition.
Guided team in page layout designs for newsletter, which increased subscriptions by 30%.
Channeled cutting-edge design inspiration into development of promotional materials boosting market reach by 20%.
Adobe Systems Incorporated January 2019 - July 2021
Senior Graphic Designer
Employed Adobe Creative Suite to develop annual digital marketing calendar, increasing inquiries by 35%.
Streamlined workflow by introducing After Effects in presentations, saving 15 hours per week.
Pioneered magazine cover designs, driving a 25% upturn in sales. June 2016 - December 2018
Graphic Designer
Leveraged Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop skills to revamp online tutorial visuals, improving learners' retention by 30%.
Upgraded design graphics of 10 e-books, enhancing customer downloads by 18%.
Resume Worded University May 2016
Master of Fine Arts - Graphic Design
Awards: Resume Worded Graduate Fellow (Top 5%)
Resume Worded Academic Center December 2018
Professional Certificate in Illustrator
Part-time certification course
Achieved Certification with Distinction
Design Software: Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), CorelDraw, Sketch
Web Design: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Wordpress, Bootstrap, UX/UI Design
Other Tools: QuarkXPress, InVision, Zeplin, Figma, Canva, RapidWeaver
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Conversational)
Certifications: Certified Graphic Designer - American Institute of Graphic Arts (2019)
Awards & Honors: ‘Adobe Design Achievement Award’ for Promising Newcomer (2022)
Projects: Graphic Branding project for local Non-profit organization, Resulting in a 20% increase in outreach (2020)
Volunteering: Art Director and Designer, Resume Worded Foundation's Annual Charity Auction (2019-Present)
Your Name
Branding and Graphic Design Specialist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded September 2021 - Present
Senior Branding and Graphic Design Specialist
Devised an innovative Logo Design, resulting in a 60% increase in brand awareness.
Orchestrated the rebranding phase with fresh designs, lifting customer perception by 30%.
Revamped product package designs utilizing Adobe InDesign, causing a 25% boost in sales.
Mentored team in Illustration techniques, elevating advertising impact by 15%.
Instigated the use of Adobe Premiere Pro in video editing, escalating YouTube subscribers by 20%.
Apple Inc. April 2018 - August 2021
Graphic Designer
Developed stunning advertising campaigns using Adobe Illustrator, raising product campaign reach by 50%.
Enlivened the user interface of website with creative graphics, improving user experience ratings by 20%.
Incorporated Web Design skills in company blog redesign, augmenting site visits by 30%. February 2016 - March 2018
Junior Graphic Designer
Improved company brochures with engaging graphics using Adobe Photoshop, driving a 15% increase in lead acquisition.
Provided assistance in Poster Design, contributing to a 10% rise in event turnout.
Resume Worded University January 2016
Master's in Graphic Designing & Branding
Dissertation: 'Impact of Evolutionary Design Trends on Branding & Perception.'
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2014
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Graphic Design
Minors in Business & Marketing
Awards: Dean's List 2014 (Top 10%)
Design Software: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, CorelDRAW, Sketch, Figma, Canva
UX/UI Principles: Wireframing, Prototyping, User Flow, Information Architecture, Interactive Design
Branding: Brand Strategy, Visual Identity Design, Brand Guidelines and Standards, Corporate Branding, Rebranding
Certifications: Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Illustrator, Certified User Experience (UX) Designer
Projects: Designed branding & product packaging for a startup 'Healthy Bites' that boosted sales by 30%
Professional Development: Attended 'Imagine: A Design Conference', Learn with Google: UX Design Principles Workshop
Contributions: Regular design contributor to the 'Creative Bloq' magazine, offering insights on effective branding methodologies
Your Name
Creative Designer
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE January 2022 - Present
Lead Creative Designer
Led creation and execution of Illustration backed social media content, inflating user engagement by 35%.
Optimized print materials for easy Brochure Design and production, cutting costs by 20%.
Orchestrated the integration of fresh Typography in digital content, growing web traffic by 30%.
Championed the adoption of Design software, increasing team efficiency by 40%.
Conceptualized breathtaking images through Photography, bolstering brand aesthetics and recognition by 25%.
Google Inc. May 2019 - December 2021
Graphic Design Specialist
Delivered exceptional Web Design in site revamp, lifting user time spent on site by 15%.
Ingeniously used Adobe Photoshop in the creation of ad banners, raising the click-through rate by 20%.
Produced compelling video presentations using Adobe Premiere Pro, increasing client conversion by 10%.
Resume Worded June 2016 - April 2019
Graphic Designer
Developed enthralling page layouts for digital publications, elevating engagement by 15%.
Assisted in the creation of enticing advertisement flyers, resulting in a 10% growth in product launch attendance.
Resume Worded Institute May 2019
Master's in Graphic Design
Specialized in Digital Design, and Interaction Design
Resume Worded University June 2016
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
Courses included Typography, Web Design, Illustration
Awards: Dean's List 2016: Demonstrated academic excellence in course work
Design Software: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Sketch, InDesign, Figma, Corel Draw, GIMP
Web Design: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, WordPress
Other Tools: Adobe XD, Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, Asana, Slack
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Fluent)
Certifications: Adobe Certified Associate in Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator (2021)
Leadership & Volunteering: Google Inc., Design Mentorship Program (Mentor for fresher designers)
Projects: Designed successful marketing campaigns including print, social, and outdoor for local businesses
Awards & Achievements: Recipient of 'Graphic Design Specialist of The Year', Google Inc., 2020
Your Name
Digital Graphic Designer
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded October 2021 - Present
Digital Graphic Design Manager
Oversaw conversion of traditional design formats into digital, enabling a transition to online advertising and boosting audience reach by 70%.
Led re-branding efforts leveraging Adobe Creative Suite, escalating customer memorability by 50%.
Implemented streamlined design process via Design software, cutting project turnaround time by 40%.
Initiated refresher trainings in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, bolstering team skillset and productivity by 20%.
Revitalized company blog with captivating graphics, driving a 35% upturn in daily visitors.
Facebook Inc. February 2018 - September 2021
Graphic Design Analyst
Leveraged Illustrator to create interactive infographics on company website, improving site engagement by 45%.
Introduced video content creation via Adobe Premiere Pro, contributing to a 30% increase of followers on the platform.
Enhanced UI/UX design of mobile app, leading to a 25% growth in user retention. November 2016 - January 2018
Graphic Designer Trainee
Mastered Adobe Creative Suite, bringing fresh perspective in design concepts.
Assisted in redesigning company logo, contributing to 15% uplift in brand association.
Resume Worded University January 2016
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) - Graphic Design
Relevant Coursework: Digital Design, Branding, Multimedia Production
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2014
Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Graphic Design
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Relevant Coursework: Typography, Web Design, Visual Communication
Design Software: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Canva, Sketch, CorelDRAW
Web Development: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, WordPress, Bootstrap, Drupal
Project Management: Asana, Trello, Slack, JIRA, Google Suite
UX/UI Design: Figma, Balsamiq, Zeplin, Adobe XD, UserTesting,
Certifications: Adobe Certified Expert (ACE), Certified Design Expert (CDE)
Projects: Designed 'GoGreen', an environmental awareness app featured in DesignMagazine
Leadership & Volunteering: Graphic Design Lead for Neighborhood Revamp Project
Awards: Winner of 'Best Digital Concept' at Designer's Meetup 2020
Your Name
Visual Communication Specialist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE March 2022 - Present
Senior Visual Communication Specialist
Enhanced website interface employing Web Design skills, resulting in a 60% rise of user-friendly ratings.
Orchestrated a branding change using Adobe Illustrator for Logo Design, improving customers' brand recall by 50%.
Identified need for and incorporated Computer Graphics in content, propelling interaction with users by 40%.
Integrated Adobe After Effects for company presentation, thereby escalating audience engagement by 30%.
Reimagined company brochures incorporating Design and Branding articulations, resulting in a 20% increase of print materials distribution.
Microsoft Corporation August 2018 - February 2022
Graphic Designer
Renewed company catalog designs using Adobe InDesign, yielding 35% raise in sales.
Contributed to elegant Poster Design, leading to 20% hike in exhibition attendance.
Assisted in optimizing brand colors across all product lines, boosting brand consistency by 15%.
Resume Worded January 2016 - July 2018
Junior Graphic Designer
Assisted in a major design overhaul of e-learning modules, improving user satisfaction by 10%.
Leveraged Adobe Photoshop skills to enhance imagery in the company's promotional material.
Resume Worded Institute March 2022
Advanced Certification in Digital Imagery - Graphic Design
Acquired in-depth training in visual communication strategies, digital imaging, and design automation tools
Resume Worded University December 2015
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Graphic Design
Emphasis on Visual Communications
Awarded: Dean's List 2015 (Top 10%)
Design Tools: Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), CorelDraw, Sketch, Canva, Figma
Programming: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Python
UX/UI Design: Wireframing, Prototyping, User Research, Interaction Design, Mobile-first Design
Other: SEO, SEM, Google Analytics, Social Media Marketing (LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook)
Certifications: Google Analytics IQ Certification, Hubspot Inbound Marketing Certification
Leadership & Volunteering: AIGA (The Professional Association for Design) - Board Member and Chair
Projects: Designed and Launched Visual Branding for 'Startup XYZ', Managed Visual Design for 'Non-profit ABC's' Social Campaign
Your Name
Multimedia Graphic Designer
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded June 2021 - Present
Multimedia Graphic Design Director
Managed the revamp of company site using Web Design expertise, increasing site traffic by an impressive 60%.
Introduced Photography as a creative dimension to brand narrative, raising client engagement by 50%.
Led the integration of Adobe Creative Suite in designing materials, elevating team output efficiency by 35%.
Initiated debriefs on effective use of Adobe After Effects, enhancing presentation impact by 25%
Championed the adoption of Adobe Premiere Pro in Video Editing, boosting the audience retention rate by 15%.
Amazon Inc. December 2018 - May 2021
Multimedia Graphic Designer
Pioneered the use of Adobe Illustrator in designing marketing infographics, which led to 30% growth in audience interaction.
Successfully adopted Adobe InDesign for digital magazine layout, increasing subscription rate by 20%
Collaborated in creating stellar Typographic Art for holiday campaigns; contributed to a 10% rise in holiday sales. August 2016 - November 2018
Junior Graphic Designer
Played a key role in team projects; one such being revamping the company newsletter, increasing subscribers by 15%
Conducted research and presented innovative Graphic Design trends to boost team creativity.
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2021
Master's in Multimedia Arts & Graphics Design
Specialization in Motion Graphics & Design Leadership
Resume Worded University July 2016
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Graphic Design
Minor in Digital Media
Cum Laude honors
Software: Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), Sketch, Figma, Dreamweaver, Flash
3D modelling: Blender, Autodesk 3Ds Max, SketchUp, ZBrush
Motion Graphics: After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Cinema 4D
Web Development: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, WordPress, Graphic User Interface (GUI) Design
Certifications: Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Photoshop, Affinity Designer Certification
Projects: Led the design of 'XYZ product' visual elements – resulting in 15% increased user engagement
Awards: Recipient of 'Outstanding Graphic Artist’ award at Amazon Inc., 2020
Volunteering: Volunteered as a Designer for local charity events, designing promotional materials and logos - 2017-2018

How do I add skills to a Graphic Design resume?

Review the job posting closely.

Go through the Graphic Design posting you're applying to, and identify hard skills the company is looking for. For example, skills like Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop are possible skills. These are skills you should try to include on your resume.

Add industry skills like Graphic Design and Adobe Illustrator.

Add other common skills from your industry - such as Logo Design, Web Design and Graphics - into your resume if they're relevant.

Add skills into your work experience.

Incorporate skills - like Social Media Marketing, Dreamweaver and Video - into your work experience too. This shows hiring managers that you have practical experience with these tools, techniques and skills.

Showcase your design and creative skills.

A popular skill set for a Graphic Design is creativity and design, so try to include evidence of them on your resume.

Use the exact job title.

Try to add the exact job title, Graphic Design, somewhere into your resume to get past resume screeners. See the infographic for how to do this.

Graphic Design Resume Templates

Here are examples of proven resumes in related jobs and industries, approved by experienced hiring managers. Use them as inspiration when you're writing your own resume. You can even download and edit the resume template in Google Docs.

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Junior Graphic Designer

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Senior Graphic Designer / Director of Graphic Design

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Graphic Design Manager

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Freelance Graphic Designer

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Creative Graphic Designer

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Electrical Design Engineer

Word Cloud for Graphic Design Skills & Keywords

The following word cloud highlights the most popular keywords that appear on Graphic Design job descriptions. The bigger the word, the more frequently it shows up on employer's job postings. If you have experience with these keywords, include them on your resume.

Top Graphic Design Skills and Keywords to Include On Your Resume

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Frequently Asked Questions

What skills should you put on a Graphic Design resume?

Here are some of the most popular skills we see on Graphic Design resumes:

  • Graphic Design
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Logo Design
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Graphics
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Web Design

What are the differences in resume skills between a Marketing Graphic Designer and a Graphic Design Coordinator?

If you are writing a Marketing Graphic Designer resume, try to emphasize skills like Graphic Design, Logo Design, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Creative Suite, Graphics, Typography and Adobe Photoshop.

Similarly, if you are writing a Graphic Design Coordinator resume, emphasize skills like Illustration, Branding & Identity and Photography.

Target your Resume to a Job Description

While the keywords above are a good indication of what skills you need on your resume, you should try to find additional keywords that are specific to the job. To do this, use the free Targeted Resume tool. It analyzes the job you are applying to and finds the most important keywords you need on your resume.

It is personalized to your resume, and is the best way to ensure your resume will pass the automated resume filters.

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