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A photographer’s resume has to be a little different from the general jobseekers as it involves more of practical work rather than educational background; so what should you write in your resume if you are a professional photographer; read on to know more.

Every profession has certain prescribe rules, skills and education. This is precisely the reason why one should customize their resume according to the basic requirements of the particular field they want to specialize in. For example you are a photographer or a photojournalist—what should your resume ideally look like? What should you add in your resume in order to impress your employers?

An interesting profession, a photographer can work either as freelancer or with any travel/environment magazine. Interestingly, a photographer’s resume will look a little different from the rest of the resumes of general candidates looking for a typical white collar job.

A photographers’ resume must have all the major four topics included in a general resume as—education, work, and history and of course goals. Most importantly, you should have a portfolio ready which is not required in most of the cases. This is because it shows the employer or the client the maximum aspect of the photographer’s caliber.

Given below are some tips on how to write a resume of a photographer

Refer to as much Visuals as you can; this is because, visuals are the best way to uphold your talent in the field of photography; though at times such things are considered impractical but at least showcasing a few links of your work are worth all the efforts as photography is all about visuals.

In today’s era of digital media, make sure you have proper presence in the digital world. You should have individual pages on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. The more number of followers you have, the more your popularity is and thus increasing your chances of making it to the professional world.

Include Project Specifications and Clients

Including names of projects and clients are very essential as the domain works largely based on stuff like how many brand names or bug clients have you worked with. Highlighting actual projects and explaining important assignments undertaken at length help in accentuating your possibilities.

Detail about Education

Though, practical work is always given more importance in cases as these, but including educational details are a must. Whether you have an engineering degree or certificate in any other course, do include it in your resume. Your degree course might not be directly related to your course, but including it in your resume is very important in order to create a good impression on your employers.

Achievements and Exhibitions

Achievements and exhibitions are some of the major criterions that one needs to highlight in a field like photography; you might be interested in a specific kind of photography nature, wildlife or fashion; highlight that as much as possible. If you have hold exhibitions somewhere or have achieved milestones in your career do not forget to include them; these work as the fundamentals for your career as a photographer. Such credentials help in impressing your prospective employers to a great extent.

Include Bibliography

This is a significant section in your resume; it offers information on interviews that you might have given at some point; or may at some point an article had been published in the local newspaper about your photography. Including these things in your resume is quite important.

Professional Affiliations if any

Well, now if you have chosen a new kind of approach towards your already somewhat offbeat career—subscribing to professional affiliations are extremely important as these works in your favour. Such affiliations show that you have a feel and a genuine interest of the industry and want to make a mark.

Mention about Collections

Have you been into photography for a long time? Well, if so have you been covered by the media on and off and the media has some of your collections? There you go. This has to be mentioned in the resume. Always remember that, in a field like photography or even photojournalism, every significant experience and achievement counts to a great extent.

On a last note, make sure that you include every detail about your career choices—achievements and experiences; but never overdo anything, it might tar your reputation. Keep it short and crisp but at the same time packed with information.

Author Bio: Sampurna Majumder is a professional writer and a passionate blogger. Currently she is writing content for several websites such as that cover latest trends related to jobs and work related issues across the globe. The above post provides an insight into the ways to write a proper resume for photographers.

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