I discovered Canva a few months ago and honestly never want to go back to Photoshop. It’s so amazing because they have SO MANY options of ways you can use it. I use it for career purposes as well as blog purposes! I’ll make a separate post of ways you can use it for your blog.
I used Canva this semester specifically for my Professional Seminar class as well as my Advanced Selling class! I used it to make a creative resume as well as a creative business card. I plan to use my creative resume for more digital based job applications. The best part? The majority of the templates Canva has are free, editable, and so chic! Here are my top 4 ways to use Canva for your career.
As I stated above, I have used Canva to create my creative resume and my business card! I love all the various templates they have, but some of them are not free. My suggestion? Look at the ones that are Pro (if you like one better) and model your free one after it! Below is a look at how the webpage is set up and the many options you have for a resume template.
You’re able to edit, add to, and change any of the free templates at will, so get those creative juices flowing and make the resume of your dreams! This one below is the template that I used for mine and I just edited the colors to make it match my personal aesthetic.
I also thought I’d add a more generic version in here for people who 100% cannot use creative resumes for internships/jobs in their field! I personally have only submitted my creative resume to digital marketing internships.
Business cards are super essential if you’re in a sales or business field. They use them all the time for everything but they’re also great to have regardless of your field for networking. Going to an event? It’s great to have them on hand just in case!
I used one of these templates to create my own business card for my blog, as well as for my Professional Seminar class. The variety is so great and, again, you can edit or add whatever you want! They even have (more chic) clipart options (although these generally cost like $1). Below is an example of all their business card options!
You can see just how many options there are and Y’ALL there are literally hundreds more. They have so many design options it’s crazy. You can also upload your own photo(s) or logo(s) from your desktop! Below is an example of a business card template and how it looks during the editing stage.
To make it easier for you, Canva literally has the front and back on the left side of the screen so you can switch back and forth during editing super easily; this also allows you to see them side by side!
Your LinkedIn header can tell a lot about you. I currently am just using their generic blue background; however, this is an awesome way for employers to see you’re more than just a student with a LinkedIn page. Having a separate header image 1) shows that you’ve put time into your page and 2) it shows who you are to recruiters immediately! Below is an example of how the LinkedIn header page looks:
The really cool thing is that you can literally edit each specific color in the background of the header. For me, my personal aesthetic is gray(s) and blush pink/peach. I think this is such a cool idea and I have edited one to represent myself personally. I figured this would show how you can successfully use this feature for yourself! The example is below (it took me only three minutes to make!).
This is really important for anyone in a creative field (again lol). I had to make a Fashion Merchandising Portfolio and I used Canva for my advertisement mock-ups! Canva is so great for these because the templates are literally already made you just have to edit it around to fit your specific project!
I presented a lot of marketing/advertising samples for various projects throughout my college career so this came in handy when I was editing things around to make them fit my aesthetic. Everything has to be cohesive and Canva makes it easy! Pantone color sets can be transferred from application to application which makes this a much easier process. Below is an example of how you can create various portfolio content.
This is an example of a brochure you can create and it’s set up very similarly to the business card page! You are able to see the inside and outside at the same time to make sure it looks cohesive, but you’re also able to switch back and forth easily. I’ll also post an example of a flyer below.
This is literally such a stunning example of the kinds of content you can create with Canva. You can always change the picture out (I highly suggest that) but you can see the various options you have!
I hope you guys are able to see how amazing Canva is and just how many uses there are to use to build your career and help you get closer to your dreams! These are just 4 ways you can use Canva for your career but there are definitely many more! If you liked this post, check out my other two career development posts: “How to Create a Killer Resume (Even With No Experience)” and “How to Ace Your Interview and Get the Job”!
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