In my previous research i realised that writing a CV isn’t necessarily th most important part of self promotion, especially as an illustrator, but I still would like to be able to have one on my website as it seems an essential piece of professional practice. In almost every career path it is essential to write a CV so it was fairly easy to research online some tips for writing one and here is what I found below:
Whilst overloading the page with information can be tempting, you should keep it to a minimum (maximum two sides of A4) and tailor the information to the role. It is very rare that you would send the same CV for more than one job or company. Use your covering letter to expand upon the most relevant points (this should be no longer than one side of A4).
Use the job description provided (if there is one) and make sure that you address each element in it, as the employer is likely to use this as an indicator of whether you have the required skills and experience.
I also looked at an article written by the guardian which has given me soe really good tips on how to write a successful cv, here are some point I picked out:
Get the basics right
There is no right or wrong way to write a CV but there are some common sections you should cover. These include: personal and contact information; education and qualifications; work history and/or experience; relevant skills to the job in question; own interests, achievements or hobbies; and some references.
Presentation is key
A successful CV is always carefully and clearly presented, and printed on clean, crisp white paper. The layout should always be clean and well structured and CVs should never be crumpled or folded, so use an A4 envelope to post your applications.
Always remember the CV hotspot – the upper middle area of the first page is where the recruiter’s eye will naturally fall, so make sure you include your most important information there.
Stick to no more than two pages of A4
A good CV is clear, concise and makes every point necessary without waffling. You don’t need pages and pages of paper – you just keep things short and sweet. A CV is a reassurance to a potential employer, it’s a chance to tick the right boxes. And if everything is satisfied, there’s a better chance of a job interview. Also, employers receive dozens of CVs all the time so it’s unlikely they’ll read each one cover to cover. Most will make a judgment about a CV within sections, so stick to a maximum of two pages of A4 paper.
Understand the job description
The clues are in the job application, so read the details from start to finish. Take notes and create bullet points, highlighting everything you can satisfy and all the bits you can’t. With the areas where you’re lacking, fill in the blanks by adapting the skills you do have. For example, if the job in question requires someone with sales experience, there’s nothing stopping you from using any retail work you’ve undertaken – even if it was something to help pay the bills through university. It will demonstrate the skills you do have and show how they’re transferable.
Tailor the CV to the role
When you’ve established what the job entails and how you can match each requirement, create a CV specifically for that role. Remember, there is no such thing as a generic CV. Every CV you send to a potential employee should be tailored to that role so don’t be lazy and hope that a general CV will work because it won’t.
Create a unique CV for every job you apply for. You don’t have to re-write the whole thing, just adapt the details so they’re relevant.
Making the most of skills
Under the skills section of your CV don’t forget to mention key skills that can help you to stand out from the crowd. These could include: communication skills; computer skills; team working; problem solving or even speaking a foreign language. Skills can come out of the most unlikely places, so really think about what you’ve done to grow your own skills, even if you take examples from being in a local sports team or joining a voluntary group – it’s all relevant.
Making the most of interests
Under interests, highlight the things that show off skills you’ve gained and employers look for. Describe any examples of positions of responsibility, working in a team or anything that shows you can use your own initiative. For example, if you ran your university’s newspaper or if you started a weekend league football team that became a success.
Include anything that shows how diverse, interested and skilled you are. Don’t include passive interests like watching TV, solitary hobbies that can be perceived as you lacking in people skills. Make yourself sound really interesting.
Making the most of experience
Use assertive and positive language under the work history and experience sections, such as “developed”, “organised” or “achieved”. Try to relate the skills you have learned to the job role you’re applying for. For example: “The work experience involved working in a team,” or “This position involved planning, organisation and leadership as I was responsible for a team of people”.
Really get to grips with the valuable skills and experience you have gained from past work positions, even if it was just working in a restaurant – every little helps.
References should be from someone who has employed you in the past and can vouch for your skills and experience. If you’ve never worked before you’re OK to use a teacher or tutor as a referee. Try to include two if you can.
This was some really helpful advice of keeping it professional and I will keep in mind that if I stick to this I will look professional, but I’m also interested in keeping my CV looking creative, I was recommended a tumblr account which has a whole collective of interesting looking cvs:
All of these are really interesting, but for me, although I know I want a creative looking cv I actually prefer the ones that do not use colour but just an intuitive clear way of using text. When there is a lot of colour an imager I find it a little distracting. Most jobs I ould want to apply to I would also presume would want to see a portfolio as well as a CV so I would have my creative, colourful skills in that.
Through my research into creative CV writing I think the most helpful has been actually being able to see the CV’s for myself and I know that I want to keep a simple text layout with organised information, but nice enough to look at though so that they we able to view some creativity.