For this lecture we had to look at artists’ CVs and come up with a draft of our own! It’s important to have it in either a pdf or word document format as some companies use a system to pick out keywords and they can’t do this if your CV is an image.
Employers look at your most recent role to find out what your current status is and why you’re interested in a new role. Your overall experience should show career progression, with your responsibilities listed matching where you’re applying for. Personal online footprint – cover your tracks well as employers will look for you. Make sure someone can grasp your CV in the first 25s!
Fancy formatting won’t make up for lack of experience. So prepare your CV in a way that the text can hold it’s own without the design.
Don’t put your photo on your resume as such, however do make a cover letter. Get your personality across (show confidence not arrogance)!!
Demonstrate interests outside your day job, list personal projects.
- Don’t write in first person
- Keep it short and sweet
- Use positive language (past tense is stronger than present tense – shows accomplishments)
- State the position you are after in your CV
You can seek tours and ask companies for peeks. Try and find someone to send it to.
I like the way he has enlarged his the role for where he has worked, so you are drawn to it first – makes the important stuff eye catching.
Walker’s personality shines through his hobbies section and he’s got icons to represent the different areas of his CV. I don’t like the rating system he has for his software skills as he ineffectively compares his experiences with the programs and makes it look like he knows very little compared to others. Emphasise role more than company.
Kinley uses a colour scheme to divide the sections of his CV up. Apart from this there’s very little personality in it.
I like her two column layout, it creates a good divide between her personal info (who she is) and her skills and qualifications (what she offers).
- Matthew Hall (Infographics)
This CV is very nice to look at and it’s well separated but the lack of other colours kind of makes it blend all into a big blue page, there may also be too many images.
Very clean and professional looking resume. His profile statement is very good – short and sweet.
Most artists put their resume on their website and most are just smile text documents. What they all include (order of importance and visual weight – personal/capabilities):
- Personal statement
- Awards and Achievements
- Contact details and address
Some tips from Bubble Jobs:
- Always name the projects you’ve worked on
- List your key skills and programs
- You could include a sample sheet
- Don’t go over the top with the design of your CV and distract from the content
- Don’t forget to demonstrate your personality – your hobbies and interests will set you apart from other candidates (list events you like to attend or articles you follow)
Looking at blogs from last year’s second year students (Natasha Crowley, Sorcha McGlinchey and Christian Johnson) I gathered some tips:
- Relevancy trumps chronology
- Don’t sound passive when talking about your hobbies – this is when you show your personality!
- Don’t make sections too wordy
- Tailor your CV to each position you apply for
- Demonstrate team working ability
- How do your skills outside the workplace contribute? Networker
- You can add graphics
Building My CV
I started by using the CV Builder from the Employability Journal in the Ulster University Portal.
I loved this title design for Lucas Annunziata’s website, I think if I modify it it would be nice on a CV!
For more design layout ideas I looked up creative professional cvs. Some I thought worked well (some templates from google images):
Greg drew up a graph for us explaining the perception that the more experience an artist has, the less graphics that are present on their CV.
My CV first draft (eh – looks a bit like a gourmet burger menu!):
We split in to pairs and Robert gave me some great feedback on how to improve my CV:
- Reword and shorten my profile
- Make bullet points consistent
- Tidy up my software layout
- Include more personality into hobbies section
- Design own icons to include more personality
- Link my blog
I then got feedback from Greg:
- Try different colour scheme (yellow looks like a warning)
- For my experience section I should use past tense, (include where I’ve volunteered), changed managed to something like grew (power words)
- Try to transfer my barista skills into my animation/student experience
- Update my software chart designs – make them more realistic and check the order.
- Try to incorporate the skills you have into your experience section.
- Have a referee section!
- Try to make more connections by naming specific things – i.e. in your experience or hobbies section.
- Focus on the benefits you can bring to the company.
Don’t be afraid to enter competitions – you can’t win if you’re not in!
Carlos Huante is a character designer. Mainly working on concept art then sculpting.
- How does it work, what kind of brief are you normally given? It’s rare to get inspiration from your director in person.
- How long will the process of design take? You need to have a structure to your own work approach, can’t just do things willy-nilly.
- What was your favourite studio to work for?