During making a living week we had some really interesting talks about how we can use our creative practice in the working world and make a decent living. One of the talks I found really helpful was with Fiona Tracey, the Careers and Employability Service Manager. Fiona helped me to understand what is really relevant to have on your CV and how to construct my CV in the best way possible, giving myself the best chance when applying for future jobs. Check out the info on the student career portal here!
Here are some notes I took whilst in her talk:
“A degree is your starting point, it shows a level of dedication and skill but relevant experience in the right fields will be your vehicle to navigate the working world.”
Your CV’s presentation is key, as a creative practitioner your CV should say something about you. Be clear and concise.
What are your personal principles, your bottom line?
Not all jobs are right for everyone, try to have an idea of what you want out of a job and then look for jobs that match your values… its not just about paying the bills, you’ve got to enjoy what your doing!
- Your CV is your marketing tool, it is designed to get a potential employer to want to know more about you, keep it relevant and to the point.
What should your CV have on it: 1/2 Sides of A4 paper
- Name and contact info (no need for your gender/ date of birth)
- Education history
- Interests (only if relevant)
- Relevant experience in university, this can be under the heading ‘Projects’ (Live projects, exhibitions, published work)
- Achievements: (Awards, Exhibitions, Scholarships)
- Information should be displayed in a reverse chronological order
- Skills (photography, adobe etc)
- Skills relating to communication, customer service, selling etc
- Work Experience (Reverse chronological order, you must prioritise what experience is relevant)
- Any additional training
- Websites, linkdin (be careful of what you put on social media and privacy settings, separate your personal and public) only if relevant
Cover letters will expand on details in your CV
So basically… It’s a hell of job to get a job!