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.
Creating a CV
Check out the tips from RIBA appointments and have a look at their sample CV.
The best CVs are always the ones that are targeted at a specific company that relate directly to what they do.
Be enthusiastic about your craft and clear of your offer. If you are not stiff and dull, don't write a stiff and dull CV. It you have won any awards or competitions highlight them.
Include a very brief profile and call this section whatever you want, for example 'About me' but just make sure it is concise. The aim is for the reader to understand what your speciality is, as well as, your future goals and ambitions. Be upbeat but do not oversell yourself as it will sound arrogant.
You may also want to include a condensed, email-able selection of work samples to send with an initial application. Edit each ‘taster’ you send to reflect what the company do and keep the file size below 5MB so it can pass through most email systems.
Highlight specific projects that show your design skills and don’t forget to include any of the following software you use that is relevant for the job:
- Cinema 4D
- Autodesk 3DS Max
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Indesign
- Google Sketchup
- Mental Ray
- Movie Maker
- Sony Vegas
- Final Cut
2D drawing, 3D modeling and rendering Sketching, Model Making and 3D printing skills should also be included where relevant.
Demand for Revit skills is growing, especially in larger firms as it simplifies the communication between contractors, engineers and architects, allowing them to make adjustments and amendments, so if you know how to use it then say so.
Do a google search for 'Architecture CVs', you will be surprised how easy they are to find and view. Also check LinkedIn profiles to see how your competitors are presenting their skills to industry. You have ensured that your Linkedin account is showing you at your best haven’t you? An incomplete account does you no favors.