I am certainly no expert in writing a CV for the creative industry, my CV hasn’t been updated in over three years so I recently updated my old version (created in Word) to have a more visual look and decided to share my findings.
There are many arguments against creating a visual CV but I believe it is a great way of showcasing your talents, make you stand out against other candidates, designers can get away with a less corporate feel and many agencies prefer to receive them.
A few things to remember when designing a creative CV..
- Leave your keywords searchable for recruitment agencies by not outlining the text
- Avoid letting the design interfere with your content. The content is still the most important part
- Include your keywords especially the software and technology you use
- Many agencies actually prefer your portfolio so don’t forget to include your best projects as a seperate document or on the CV itself
- Use a standard format (.doc .pdf etc)
- Tailor your CV to the job you are going for
Here is the end result. I am still toying with the idea of removing my photo as research has shown this can have a negative impact. What do you think?