Working in the creative industries means you need to be flexible in presentation and communication skills, so use a CV template as your basic source of information, which can be presented in a variety of ways.
Remember, Creative Careers and Purple Door will advise and probably check draft CVs – ask for input from the professionals!
Each section should do a job: Relevant experience, contact details, educational details – they all need their own space and should convey information clearly. Pay attention to layout and design constantly.
Does your employer need to know all of your individual GCSEs? Your certificate of excellence in pottery? Perhaps consider putting them online in a blog or profile, then link to it from your CV.
Your CV should be backed up with an online presence or materials that record your skills or a clear demonstration of examples where you can prove you have the skills they need. Think: CLAIM+EVIDENCE= PROOF of skills/attributes.
A CV has to promote you! Don’t waffle and claim general attributes like ‘enthusiastic’ in your personal statement: isn’t everyone when they want a job? As Andrew Gordon argues, start with a “short, simple and benefits focused headline about yourself. For example, “Senior Librarian with 10 years experience of managing online resources in the health sector.” (2007)
For each job application, consider whether you need to update your personal statement/skills summary to make it relevant to your current application, or change the position of sections: will the employer be more interested in academic results than work experience?
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