ADAPTING YOUR CV FOR YOUR INDUSTRY – BE CREATIVE

CVs (Curriculum Vitae – the document you use to apply for jobs) have come a long way since the times of Arial 12pt with single line spacing.

With the advancement of technology and the overwhelming number of applicants for each job, you seriously need your CV to stand out from the crowd.

For creatives, CVs are so much more than a way of delivering information; they’ve become portfolio pieces in their own right, an opportunity to catch the eye and show off your skills.

Here are some ways you can think about adapting your CV to suit your industry:

THE BASICS FOR NON-CREATIVE JOBS:

There are certain CV must-haves that are the same across most industries. You can read more about them in our blog HERE.

GRAPHIC DESIGN/ART DIRECTION/ARTIST:

If you are applying for work in the fields of design, curatorship, the arts or other visually creative industries, your CV is an incredible opportunity to showcase your skills.

There are lots of ways you can approach the task. One option could be to use your CV to highlight your personal aesthetic and design style if you think it’s well suited to the role you’re applying for. Another option could be to adapt your CV to suit the aesthetic of the company you’re applying to. This approach will show you’ve thought critically, taken the time to adapt/create something specific to the role and that you have the visual eye necessary to take on the job at hand. 

If you do plan to get creative with your CV, make sure it remains legible and that it’s not completely ‘off-brand’ for the company you’re applying to. A rugged outdoor store is unlikely to hire someone who delivers a blush pink CV.

WEB DEVELOPER/ UI/UX SPECIALIST/ ANIMATOR:

If you work in the world of web, why not use your skills to create a digital CV that will blow recruiters’ socks off.

The format should be quite obvious here. If you specialise in web development then build a dynamic, creative, one-page website to apply for the job. You can even customise it with elements from that company to show you’re already thinking about their needs.

If you’re an animator, why not create an incredible motion graphic that shows off your skills? Just make sure you give people enough time to get the animation.

And if you work in UI/UX, try to create a CV that easily and effortlessly guides people through an ‘interface’ towards hiring you.

VIDEOGRAPHY/PHOTOGRAPHY:

With the introduction of innovative CV formats such as TikTok resumés, videographers have to go above and beyond to get noticed.

Portfolio websites such as behance.net are a great tool when applying for photo/video jobs, but why not go the extra mile and create a piece of work dedicated to the specific role you’re applying for?

IN CLOSING:

The world is changing and young people need to learn to change with it. Instead of being resistant to this change, why not embrace it? While it may seem like more work to create such elaborate CVs, they give you a much better chance of landing the job of your dreams. And with the right attitude, these projects could serve as creative outlets for you to really express yourself without the restrictions of a client brief. At the very least they’ll serve as assets to add to your portfolio.