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.

CV advice

Our guide to CVs includes some helpful tips and RIBA appointmentsThe best CVs are always the ones that are targeted at a specific company. 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.

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 you are approaching do and keep the file size below 5MB so it can pass through most email systems.


We advise Ravensbourne's IDEAS students to highlight specific projects that show your design skills and don’t forget to include any of the following software you use that would be relevant for the job:

  • AutoCAD
  • Autodesk 3DS 
  • Ecotect
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop 
  • Adobe Indesign 
  • Google Sketchup
  • Rhino
  • Mental Ray 
  • Vray 
  • 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, include it.

Do a google search for design CVs directly related to what you would like to work in. You will be surprised how easy they are to find, or check LinkedIn profiles to see how your competitors are presenting their skills to industry.