How to Write an Effective CV
Nowadays it’s hard to find a job; so many people desperately apply for various positions no matter their skills or working conditions. Under these circumstances it becomes obvious that a good CV is golden and each mistake is equivalent with no job. Nevertheless, the quality always will be appreciated and it’s impossible for a good specialist not to find a proper job, time being the only unknown factor.
Instead of waiting to be found by a recruiter it’s recommended to be active and search for jobs in an effective and creative manner. The first step is to write a good CV and send/email it to the ones interested in it. The idea is pretty simple, but how to apply it successfully into practice? Well, here is the difference between a designer and a creative one.
Personally, I consider that the CV of a designer must be totally different from the other ones. I base this opinion on the fact the main “gun” of a designer is its creativity and if you aren’t creative with your CV, then how could you be creative with building websites? Anyway, everyone is aware that a good
CV is vital, so debating about it is somehow in vain. A much better idea is how to write a good resume; and in order to help you I created this post. Here are some ideas on writing a good curriculum vitae, these aren’t precise ones but it’s highly recommended to pay attention to them.
0. Be honest
Purposely the numbering starts from 0, because honesty isn’t a condition to write a good CV, but it is mandatory in overall strategy of getting a job. Maybe it’s advantageous to overestimate your skills or previous experiences, surely more employers will consider you their solution. Unfortunately, someone will hire you and surprise, you won’t be able to do what you previously said! The scenario is pretty simple: you will have many discussions with your bosses, they won’t be satisfied with your quality and in the end, sooner or later, you will be fired. In conclusion, it is far better to be honest and once you are hired, there won’t be big problems related to your potential.
1. Study carefully the companies/agencies you’re interested in
It’s simple to believe that by submitting many CVs to a multitude of agencies/companies, the chances of being hired will increase considerable but the reality is different. A wise designer won’t waste time; it’s a motto that should be accepted by all design community. A more useful approach is to study (it’s enough a five-ten minutes survey) the potential employer and email/send them a CV that may be appreciated by them. It’s not something secret, but each agency/company has its specificity and you should know these particular features, it’s easier to an ulterior accommodation.
In the end, the conclusion is simple: don’t sent tons of CV to every offer, apply only for the ones that are suitable to your skills and more important, to your mental.
2. Write different versions of your CV
As I said, each agency/company has its interior policy, one community appreciates more the funny aspects and has the tendency to appreciate the originality and the power to stand apart while others are more formal and here reliability and the seriousness are appreciated. In consequence, a very good idea is to write different versions of CVs and apply according to the “agency brand.” It means that you should have a professional cv format that respects all the formalities, one more exuberant that is creative and eye-catching and one situated in between. You shouldn’t take this as a rule, but to have many versions of your CV is useful.
3. It’s overused but still necessary: be original
Everyone speaks about originality and its power and the result is hallucinatory: the originality concept is losing its value and everything related becomes boring. Considering this aspect, I still impulse you to strive for originality when creating your CV. There isn’t anything to say than study other CVs, make a list of ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ and use it when writing your CV.
4. Highlight your skills, not your studies
A very common mistake is to highlight your studies and superficially present what you are able to do. Yep, a famous school truly impresses people but the decisive aspect will remain what you effectively know to do. If you really want to be hired, avoid this trap, inform about your studies and let them know that you are a designer that is able to practice and not one that is still learning for decades. By sure, the best designers practiced a lot, the theory is necessary but the work is mandatory.
5. Present your portfolio
Nowadays, people are more pragmatic as in the past…it has negative and positive sides and clearly, it can’t be changed. A wise designer will handle this situation for his advantage. Thinking from the CV perspective, a nice one that highlights the skills in addition to a full presentation of the past-accomplished projects will make the employer to consider you a valuable solution.
6. Assure the perfect balance between details and essential
I think that when you are writing your CV it is the best to think as you are the employer- it’s simple, you don’t have time, on your desk are tons of CVs and your colleagues ask you for finding a new designer as soon as possible. Would you have enough patience to read all the CVs, or all the details…I doubt that!
If you want your CV to be carefully read, it is obligatory to avoid the unnecessary details, but highlight the most important facts. On the other hand, I really know that you can’t think the same as all your potential employers.
I hope that these cv tips can be useful to you and if you have others ideas, feel free to share them with us!