CV advice

Getting your CV right is vital to your success in your chosen career. The more specific and tailored you make your CV for each job role the better you chances are. Portfolios/showreels/demoreels are also key in getting yourself noticed.

Thinking of being a runner?

Your profile should state that you are looking for a runner position and should also highlight the particular strengths/expertise you have in specific areas. For example “I'm a Ravensbourne animation graduate specialising in 3D animation, seeking a runner/entry level role."

If much of your experience has been in group projects, ensure that your CV makes clear what you have contributed to the projects and list your skillset. Don’t just rely on your showreel, list some of your projects briefly, saying what software you used to make them or anything else that is relevant, but keep it brief. You want to entice employers to look at the reel, not switch them off with too much detail.

Ravensbourne graduates have strong digital skills so make sure you highlight this on your CV. Maya is generally used for 3D and Nuke for 2D. Houdini and Mudbox are also common so mention these skills plus any hardware you are confident using.

A link to your online portfolio or vimeo site demonstrates professionalism and makes it easy to view all that great work you have produced.

If you are looking to work in games, ensure that your CV is completely geared to this area. State in your profile that this is what you want to do and ensure your hobbies section is full of the games you play and interests that relate to that area. Ensure you have included details of sketches, 3D modeling or even level design or game mods you've done in your spare time.

Relevant links

Some useful advice for animation graduates wanting to work in games can be found on the Datascope’s site

The best CVs are always the ones that are targeted at a specific company/role and that clearly demonstrate the skills and knowledge on your course. If you are not stiff and dull, don't write a stiff and dull CV. Be enthusiastic about your craft and clear of your offer!

Take a look at sample CVs  that have been posted online to help you form a view of what would work for you.

Finally, be careful about emailing attachments. Best to stick to zip files of less than 5MB and remember, most companies legitimately worry about opening unsolicited files so let them know you will be sending something. You can meet with the Careers and Industry Liasion team to review your CV, covering letter and job search strategies.