Now is possibly the best time of year to consider updating your CV. If you’re considering starting the new year with a new job and location, make sure your CV is the best it can possibly be, to enable you to get the job you desire in the creative industry. There might be some obvious pointers to add onto a CV and some not so obvious, but always consider the position you are applying for and tailor your CV to this.
Past experience has taught me a few things about what goes down well on a creative CV, someone once told me I had the best Media CV they had ever seen! Here are some fail safe tips to make your CV stand out in the pile.
1) Basic information- Include your name, address, phone number, email and if you dare, social media accounts. Clients want to be able to grab your CV and contact you with ease, and despite how some people may feel about this, they may have a peek at your social media accounts to see what you’ve been up to and what you enjoy doing.
2) Introduction- A paragraph about your personality and skills is a great ice breaker, and being a creative there are a number of ways of doing this. If you’re applying for quite a hands on, wacky creative job, you might have license to make your CV a little off the wall, or if you’re a designer you can create something visually amazing.
3) Experience- Keep these to bullet points or lines. If the client wants to know more, they can ask or request some more information, again create a balance, you don’t want to give everything away, but also you want clients to be interested and intrigued in your experiences.
4) Qualifications- Can you remember your GCSE grades? If you’re a graduate or in your early 20′s applying for creative jobs, we would consider putting on your grades, if you’ve had years of experience, then simply put down those that you think are important and relative, such as degrees and any awards you’ve attained, don’t be afraid to shout about them!
5)Portfolios and show reels- Simply note that if the client would like a copy they can request, or direct them to a website or online profile.
6)Keep your CV to one side of A4 - Plain and simple, clients don’t want to read through reams of paper.