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Essential CV Writing Tips

It is a well known fact that the creative sector is one of the most competitive places to secure a job. Therefore, it is always crucial to ensure that you are presenting your credentials in the most exciting and enticing way possible.

Your CV provides the all important first impression to employers. To make sure you stand out from your competition, we have put together some essential CV writing tips to help you land your dream opportunity:

1. Highlight your strengths – Whether you’re looking for your first role in film production or wanting to pursue a career in book publishing, you need to make sure that you present your skills and experience in a way that will make employers realise that you will be an asset to their company.

2. Choose a clear layout – Employers will only take a brief moment to scan your CV, so make sure it’s clutter free and easy to read. Try to keep it to two pages and you should include the following information:

– Name, address / location, contact details
– Personal summary / objectives
– Skills
– Experience
– Education / training

3. Check spelling, punctuation and grammar – check, double check and then triple check. We cannot stress enough the importance of proofreading your CV – employers will be instantly put off if your CV is littered with typos. It’s always a good idea to have a friend or family member take a look at it once you’ve got your final draft. It’s easy to become “blind” to the content as you’ve read it so many times, so by handing your CV over to someone else you can be sure that any pesky errors are picked up. It’s also a good idea to print out your CV and read it a hard copy; it’s always much harder to spot errors if you only read it on a screen. You have been warned!

4. Tailor your CV to the job – When it comes to CVs, there is no such thing as ‘one size fits all’. With employers receiving hundreds, and sometimes thousands of applications for every position, it’s important that you show that you’re the right candidate for the job by making your most relevant skills and experience prominent to encourage the employer to read on. If you took a year out, volunteered at a fashion show or even started your own blog or YouTube channel, say so.

5. Sell yourself – Your CV should act as your own personal advert so make sure that you include the keywords that will credit your attributes and skills. By using phrases like ‘was involved in’ and ‘assisted’ implies that you were more of a bystander than an instigator. Make sure you use strong action verbs such as ‘chaired’ and ‘coordinated’.

Good luck and do keep an eye out for Creative Access CV workshops if you want some one to one support with CV preparation.