Jul 10, 2018
Your CV is a form of communication and marketing that enables potential employers to gauge if you are a suitable candidate for employment. If you are not sure about how to go about designing the perfect CV then this article is for you.
Simplicity is Key
When applying for a new job, the aim of your CV or resumé is to make a very good impression. Potential employers would like to see how creative you are as a designer or developer and having too many pages cluttered with information can appear very bland in the eyes of the reader. To prevent this from happening it would be good practice to ensure that your contents fit on a single A4 page. This may seem quite daunting at first but this is an opportunity for you to show off your layout and presentation skills as best as possible.
Design Your Own Brand
Creating your very own brand identity is the best way set yourself apart from other designers and developers in the industry. Your professional career does not have to be defined by a black and white document. Therefore, it would good to design a brand that communicates your unique selling proposition and skills as an individual. Use colour to further distinguish your brand among the rest.
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Keep Yourself Updated with Trends
As a designer or developer it is part of our everyday lives to remain updated with latest trends in every aspect of our careers. This knowledge should maintain a consistent relevance throughout your CV and portfolio of work. Therefore, it is imperative that you do some research to be clued up about design and development locally and internationally.
Things to bear in mind:
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Accurate Information, Always
Every resumé should include mandatory details such as your name, contact number and email address. You may include a URL link to your online portfolio, if you’re not sending it as a PDF already. Furthermore, it should be followed by the breakdown of your educational career and work experience with references and dates as well as a short description of your role at each company.
We are always told to do research about the company we are applying to work for, however, companies in turn will do their research about you. Ensure that your information is factual, not fictional, and you will stand a better chance to impress your potential employer.
Cover Letter For The Better
Writing a cover letter could prove quite useful in your job application as this allows your potential employer to get an idea of your personality, however, keep in mind that it is a professional document. Remember that you will need to write this complementary to your CV, short and sweet with a maximum of three paragraphs.
Do Not Plagiarise
It may be quick and easy to find a resumé online that looks appealing to pass as your own design. You’ll soon find that the bright idea to copy and paste an existing design would have been seen by an art director twice or even thrice before you. This does not work in your favour as it proves your lack of creativity and the ability to design something innovative. Step up to the plate and showcase your talents as best as possible.
Last but not least, spelling and grammar errors on your CV can give the impression that you are uneducated or ignorant about your job and you may even come across as lazy, these terms does not convey kind the message about designer or developer you would like them to know. It’s of utmost importance to double-check your spelling and to get someone to proof read them for you. Once you have completed your resumé, you are free to apply for the job you desire. Good luck out there!