Start by producing a standard CV. Only when the wording is excellent consider into something that is a bit different: get the content right before focusing on the design. The considerations for ‘Creative CVs’ aren’t that much different from normal CVs. It is the content and presentation that will make the impact and not gimmicks.
Customising your CV
When you are applying for a new job position you must ensure that your CV is customised for that particular job. If you have any experiences or skills that are especially relevant to the job role you must ensure that they are well highlighted and that they cannot fail to grab the interviewer or headhunter’s attention. With your resume you should be creating a message about yourself that you want to communicate to the firm/company you are applying to so ensure that this message comes through clearly in your CV.
Using space wisely
Every job will come with a minimum requirement of skills & experience and the first thing the interviewer or head-hunter will want to check is whether or not the candidate meets these minimum requirements before giving them any serious consideration for an interview. So when you create your CV you must ensure that your answers for these minimum requirements can easily be found on your resume.
There is vast amount of advice on the internet about CVs, but here is a particularly good tips for you.
Have clear objectives
Your initial statement or objectives should be written for the job you are applying for – your CV will be constantly changing depending on what you are applying for, many practitioners will have a number of CVs.
Check for spelling mistakes and grammatical errors
Make sure you have at least two people proof read your CV; mistakes indicate you are not thorough and an employee will think you have the same attitude towards work.
Limit your interests and hobbies
Unless your interests and hobbies have something to do with the job you’re applying for keep them brief. In general, make any applicable connections between your hobbies and the job in your cover letter. Better yet, save them for the interview when you’re asked what you like to do outside of work.
Do not give incorrect information
This goes without saying, make sure everything you say is correct and true, the majority of employees will ask to see certificates and they will check references and previous employment.
Avoid crazy colours and fonts
Although you are a creative – go easy on fluorescent paper, covered in crazy fonts and symbols. Use a font that is clear to read in black colour and avoid busy backgrounds. There are some really simple effective techniques you can use to make your CV stand out, such as ‘The Creative CV Guide’ book.
Don’t include Information that is too personal
Provide professional email addresses and weblinks, any links to personal web sites, your photo-sharing site, or strange e-mail addresses leave off. Employers are less likely to respond to firstname.lastname@example.org than just LMiller@email.com.
Don’t put anything negative on your CV, you don’t need to say why you left somewhere or that your previous employee was horrible. Keep your CV positive, all the time.
You no longer need to put all your personal details on like height, weight, age, race or religion etc.
Tips for a design CV:
- A tasteful and subtle watermark or border can be effective.
- Landscape shaped CVs (wider than they are long) are harder to format correctly but can stand out from the crowd.
- Book format CVs (folded into four A5 size pages) are awkward to photocopy and to look at.
- One method is to have a business card with examples of work on the card: this should be in addition to rather than a replacement for, your CV.