Did you know that the most CVs are looked at for an average of just two minutes? That's how long you have to catch the attention of the person looking at it. We all know that CVs are a chore to write, we put it off all the time! But putting together a successful CV doesn't need to be hard. 

Before we jump in, here are a few do's and don'ts 

Do's:

  • Introduce you as a promising potential candidate for the role
  • Present all of your relevant skills and accomplishments
  • Tell a story of your professional experience to date
  • Reflect something of your character through your personal statement and interests sections

Don'ts:

  • Be an exhaustive list of your every achievement, regardless of relevance
  • Include a lengthy discourse about every course you've ever taken
  • Contain information just to 'bulk it out'. Being concise will help your reader and maintain their interest, making them want to know more

Here we've rounded up some useful tips to help get your CV looking great! 

1. Keep it concise

‘CV’ is short for the Latin phrase, ‘Curriculum Vitae’ – which translates loosely to ‘the course of my life’. However, your CV shouldn't be a script to your whole life story.

A prospective employer doesn’t have time to read about your every interest, experience and hobby, so keep your CV to one or maximum two pages and cherry pick the most noteworthy bits! Where possible, use headings and bullet points to break up large sections of text.

2. Let your personality shine through

Your CV should be a reflection of who you are as a creative. Everything from the format and tone of voice, right down to the typeface you choose. All of this gives an employer a sense of your character.

There’s no harm in keeping things simple and letting your portfolio do the talking, but keep in mind that you can capture your personality in big or small details. 

3. Tailor your experience for each application

Every CV you send should be tailored specifically to the job you’re applying for. Only share relevant experiences and skills that demonstrate why you’d be a great candidate for the role.

What should your CV include 101?

  • Your contact information 
  • A short intro or 'About me' section
  • Your experience
  • Your education
  • Other achievements 
  • Hobbies/interests 

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