Original date this was wrote: May 18th 2015.
“I own a different website that features a blog, I’m currently in the process of transferring my domain to WordPress and didn’t want to loose what I had posted on the previous site.”
Today I’ve been working on my CV and some other print material for gr-if; business cards, letterheads that sort of stuff, which I’ll post on a later date. It’s been a productive Monday, set-up the studio; got a brand new second hand desk chair! And I’ve been listening to the Meat Puppets all day long… On a side note; I’d highly recommend giving them an ear gleg.
I’ll stop rambling now and get to the point, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my personal top-tips to producing a creative CV; I currently keep 2 CV versions in my archive, the one you can see here and a hard-copy version that’s just text based (it still looks great though). I do this so that I can react to certain job titles, for example; if I were to apply for somewhere that wasn’t very design focused I may decide to send my hard-copy CV because it gets straight to the point with one page, then I would use the CV above for studio jobs to give them a slight taste of what I can do.
One of my most powerful and proven tips to have worked in the past is to not be afraid to mention areas where you can improve, I know everyone says “sell yourself” when creating a CV but I’d be more inclined to say “be true to yourself”. Take for example in my CV I’ve mentioned that I aim to improve my skills with Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro and Flash which in the past has sparked good conversation points within interviews. You have to be able to show how keen you are to develop as well as how experienced you are, especially within the creative industry. Developing as a designer is an on-going process to which I don’t think there is ever a cap and you don’t want to ever become stagnant or risk becoming out-dated.
I got another good tip from a tutor a while ago now; create a journey. Consider your CV to be like a map or in my case a timeline. If your potential employer can connect one point to another it has a better chance of engaging them. But in doing-so you should try to find a balance between an engaging journey and simplicity; you don’t want to make your CV too hectic and confusing.
Another tip for you is to remember to mention how your skills are transferable to different roles, so for example; project planning, sticking to deadlines and other such useful skills you would have learnt through design. This is to show that you are more than just an artwork generator and you can fit into a variety of company roles but remember to not be too vague whilst noting your transferable skills, as you may find yourself taking on more than you expected.
And last but not least, don’t hesitate to splash out on the printing and paper stock, hell even make yourself some custom envelopes it can make a subtle but very impacting difference to your potential employers first impression of your CV.
So there we are; some top-tips for creative CV’s, I could probably rustle up some more in the future but for now please feel free to ask some questions below. If you would like to see more top-tip orientated posts let me know as I may make this a regular feature on the gr-if blog.