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.
Your CV says a lot about you, however, not every situation is the same for every person. This is where a cover letter comes in.
The media industry is always busy. Recruiters need extra help sometimes at short notice and they are not willing to read through paragraphs of descriptive text. They want to find people fast when they need them and don’t have the time or patience to go through paragraphs trying to find what they need. Always be concise and use an easy to scan format.
Target the CV every time
Ensure your profile is targeted for every job you apply for, and think each time of what will be of interest to that particular employer. Mirror the job description in your word choice or make a subtle reference to the brand/product. If you have an interests section, make sure this reflects your enthusiasm for the area of work you are applying for.
Include a profile
Call this section whatever you want. E.g. ‘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- it just sounds arrogant.
Skills to highlight
Consider which of the following skills are appropriate for you to include. Remember that Ravensbourne Shorts give you an opportunity to build the skills you may lack.
- Acrobat Pro
- After Effects
- Cinema 4d
- FinalCut pro
- Final Cut
Ensure all experience and education is listed in reverse chronological order. Ensure you say what you actually did on placements. Finally, if you have one put your portfolio URL at the top of the page alongside your name, which will be formatted like a letterhead.
Save your C.V as 'forename_surname_position_date'