Your CV is your passport to a job interview and gives you the opportunity to make a great first impression.
With unprecedented levels of competition for every internship, it has never been more important to make your CV as good as it can possibly be. This means you must pay careful attention to all elements of the document; overall presentation and layout, grammar, spelling and most importantly, content.
Here at Creative Access, we are always looking at how we can help our candidates further their career and increase their chances of obtaining their dream internship!
What is a CV Surgery?
The Creative Access CV Surgery is a workshop that will cover all the essentials that a CV must have and how this impacts the reader (employer). We will show you how to tailor your CV for particular roles. We will help you to create a winning profile.
During our one to one consultation, the Creative Access recruitment team will provide you with tips and information on how to create a brilliant CV. Each one to one consultation will take around 15 minutes.
How to attend our CV Surgery?
To book a place, you will need to request an appointment sending a copy of your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Venue: Creative Access, ITV, 9th Floor, London Television Centre, Upper Ground, SE1 9LT
Spaces are limited and will be subject to availability.
Please note: Creative Access will get back to all applicants to let them know whether they have been successful in gaining a place.
Top 10 CV Tips
- Tailor to each role
Every role you apply for is going to have different requirements. Spend some time tailoring your CV so that it’s a perfect fit for the role you’re applying to.
- A cover letter
The cover letter is the chance for potential employers to get to know you as a person (unlike your CV, which should give a brief overview of you and your abilities). Make sure you adapt your covering letter for each role you’re going for.
- Two page rule
If it’s more than two pages, it’s too long. No employer wants to plough through paragraphs of detail on your CV. If you’re just starting out on your career, you should have no problem fitting your experience on to two sides.
- The error of your ways
If an employer finds a mistake on your CV, you won’t be considered for the role – even if you have great experience. Get someone else to proofread and watch out for spelling or grammatical errors.
- Tell the truth
Don’t lie. Lies can lead to a heap of trouble if you get caught out at interview or even once you’ve secured a role.
- Write a short profile to post at the top of your CV
Sum up your personality, core skills and ambitions in one or two sentences.
- Stand out from the crowd
Even if you don’t have lots of work experience, you should include interesting facts about yourself which will be good conversation starters. Maybe you collect train tickets, have climbed Mount Everest, or enjoy sword fighting…
- Make sure your blog is up to date
If you write a blog, do include the link on your CV, but make sure the content is regularly updated and reflects you as well as possible.
- Social Media
Your prospective employer may check you out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Make sure your feeds are relevant and appropriate, e.g. if you claim to be a fan of current affairs, make sure your posts reflect this.
- Language proficiency
If you speak more than one language make sure you highlight this in your skills section.