Info on One-Page CV

CVs are a useful tool for:

  • Organising and recording your skills, attributes and experiences
  • Making speculative applications
  • If you are making a showreel, portfolio of work or other record of your skills/experiences, a CV can act as the prompt for information you should include (and then be sent to potential employers or kept as part of your online presence)

Key Point 1

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.

Key Point 2

Remember, Creative Careers and Purple Door will advise and probably check draft CVs – ask for input from the professionals!

There is no overall employer preference for the length of CVs, but it should be between 1 and 2 pages (sides of A4) long. A one page CV essentially summarises and presents information using the same basic information found in a two page CV, excluding areas such as hobbies or interests unless they are relevant to the job.

The one-page CV for Elon Musk shows this perfectly: aspects of it may not be suitable for you, but look at the presentation for tips on how to make your CV stand out.

The Guardian has a really good overall guide to CV templates.

Key Factors in Any Good CV

Make it organised

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.

Make it relevant

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.

Make it evidenced

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.

Selling yourself

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)

Keep it updated

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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