How to Nail Your Creative Industry CV

February 07 2018, 0 Comments

Creative CV

Your CV doesn’t need to be a boring document of corporate black and white. If you want your personality to shine, it’s vital you make yourself seen with this initial contact – and trust us, it isn’t all buzzwords and reams of text that spark a recruiters’ interest.

Keep reading to find out how to bring life back into your CV, and get yourself seen, fast.


Begin with a statement

Like the opening line of an email, an article, or letter, you want to get your objective across immediately, and not waste any time. Do the same with your CV, and open with a statement about yourself.

Whether it’s that you’re a recent graduate, a freelance contractor, or manager, let the headline quickly summarise your current job situation.

Avoid clichés and jargon – try to make it personal, and keep it real. If you have an interest in mental health wellbeing and want to bring that into the foreground, add it to the headline. If you are a freelance illustrator, but a marketing manager by day, add it in.

Things like this help to build a proper picture of yourself to a potential employer, and they’re great to set you apart from the rest of the candidacy, and give you an edge.


Don’t be afraid to use colour

There are no rules stating colour isn’t allowed – so use it! Keep it professional (we aren’t suggesting a rainbow colour scheme for each individual letter), but it’s perfect to use to brighten up the page, and highlight areas of note.

If you are building a CV for the creative industries, look online for inspiration of awesome examples. This is especially pertinent if you are a designer, illustrator, or graphic artist (as well as a whole host of other creative roles).

Use the CV as an extension of your actual creative portfolio. By keeping the theme running through all your application documents, it’ll not only look extremely appealing, but will help identify you during shortlisting.

The same goes for images, or infographics. This is a brilliant way to visually present your skills – just take a look at Pinterest for tonnes of great examples.


Remember to mention your interests

These are totally permitted and necessary to add flavour to your CV. No-one is defined by their job role, and life doesn’t start and end in the workplace. Show your potential employer what you enjoy doing in your downtime.

Hobbies can really help to set you apart from the crowd, and make you more memorable. It’ll begin to show you as a whole person, and give a nuance to your application.

Employers are, after all, looking for candidates to fit in with their working culture – so if you’re an avid runner, and that matches the ethos in the office, it’ll help to show what a great fit you could be within the team.


Try to keep it on one page

When constructing your CV, try to keep it as consolidated as possible. Streamline your sentences – use bullet points to pinpoint lessons learned from job roles, or to highlight your current responsibilities. There is no need to waffle, and at first glance, chunks of copy look intimidating and off-putting.

Sharpen up the edges and cut the words down. After all, CVs are designed to give a snapshot of you – you can explain in detail either in your covering letter, or during an interview.

Use the CV almost as a cue card, ready for the interviewee to pluck words from to prompt you to expand when face-to-face. This way, you’ll be sure that you leave yourself something to talk about during the next stages.


There are no set rules to CV making – as long as you include your vital stats (name, contact information, and employment history), the rest can be as fluid as you want.

Get a close friend to look over the content before sending out to check for any issues, and then all you need to do is let your work do all the talking for you.


Lucy Farrington-Smith writes for Inspiring Interns, which specialises in sourcing candidates for internships and graduate jobs.