Creative CVs

It’s approaching that time of year when many new graduates are seeking their first entry into the world of full time employment.

For fresh graduates wishing to enter the creative industries however competition is fierce, so how can you make yourself stand out from the crowd?

Well one of the most obvious ways is to have a great CV. We’re all familiar with the standard CVs one uses to apply for general offices jobs, but if you’re applying for say a creative role at an advertising agency, the standard format may not set you apart from the rest of the competition.

Coming across this post recently we found some pretty interesting examples of creative CVs, but how practical are some of these CVs?

For most jobs today job seekers are expected to email a CV to an employer. Although some of the CVs shown in the post look great, they beg the question, of ‘how will I get an employer to see this?’

Looking at ways to put together a creative CV in a more practical light we came across this page. It highlights the importance of starting with great content in your CV and then putting your own creative stamp on it. It also gives you some great design tips and links to example CVs for different creative sectors.

So have fun creating your creative CV and remember content is king.

If you’re stuck for inspiration have a look at these great examples.

Creative CVs for creative jobs – inspiring examples

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If you are applying for jobs and internships in very creative areas, like graphic design, fashion, illustration or film, why should your CV be cookie cutter dull? While you should still include all the standard elements – personal details, qualifications, skills, experience – you can also make an impression and show off your passion and originality by getting creative with the design.

First of all, think about:

  • Typography
  • Layout and spacing
  • Images and placement
  • Concept
  • What skills can you show off here?
  • Where will it fold?
  • What is it printed on?
  • What will happen if HR tries to copy it or print it (black and white) to show to colleagues?
  • Will it email? – Consider file size, file format… can it be opened easily on a standard PC running Microsoft Office?
  • If it must be posted, how much will each package cost?
  • Is it quick and easy to read? Websites and blogs can be great, but a standard CV is quickest to look at first… Should you include a standard text-only version too for HR?

Remember – getting a second opinion on your CV is all the more important – is the design distracting? Does your design ‘fit’ with the company you are applying to? Following it up with an email or call to get feedback might be a good move too.

And now, the gorgeous examples:

Clear, easy to print, yet still highly distinctive

Such an original concept

Love the colour

Here you can see the standard CV information is still clear and easy to read

Great character

Sweet yet practical and professional

Such attention to detail

Showcases illustration skills

Post your design online, and it might even go viral like these :)

What do you think? Are these bold approaches risky?