Your CV is the first and sometimes only impression you get to impress an employer you wish to work for. In the creative industry, expectations to stand out are a little higher as ultimately this is mainly what creative jobs aim to do – stand out from competitors.

By creative industries, this is usually within the advertising, marketing, website and artistic sectors.

Most job applications ask for applicants to attach a CV along with a cover letter, website, social media and sometimes demonstrations of work. However, to decrease the time spent going through applicants, some employers will only ask for a CV.

Depending on the job you’re going for, you may choose to have a mainly corporate looking CV with a splash of creativity, or you may decide to create something entirely different and unique to you.

What’s critical about creating a CV that will get you noticed is to know the industry and business you’re applying for.

If you’re applying to work in a major bank’s marketing department, you may stay mainly corporate but if you’re applying for a start-up advertising business; creating something unique to you could get you that interview.

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This CV is an excellent example of a clean and corporate looking application that also demonstrates creativity and uniqueness. The graphs draw attention to the CV, and its minimalistic design makes it easy to read.

How to Make Your CV Stand Out in Creative Industries? | CareerMetis.com

This particular CV is more colorful and eye-catching in the sense of the applicant expressing. It uses a wide range of icons, fonts, and ways to display information outside of using text.

Not only is this able to make the applicant stand out, but it also demonstrates their design skills and ability to create something different.

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While this CV will stand out, the icons and imagery used take a less professional approach. Some positions may appreciate the fresh, unique look of the one on the left. Others may think the imagery overpowers the information.

The CV on the right is a better laid out document. While it possessed the creativity that the left one does with bright colors and overlapping icons – The divided information still takes us the majority of the document.

It’s important to stand out, but that’s worthless without room for the appropriate information the employer needs.  

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This CV has a slightly different layout to the other displayed above, and it’s certainly an effective way to stand out. While other creative CV’s stick to the top to bottom structure, this one takes a 360 approach.

It’s a fun, colorful and quirky way to display your information and demonstrate your creative skills.

In many parts of Europe, hiring managers prefer to see a picture on a CV, and this CV integrates the image very well.

So what one should you use? It’s down to you! Many of us dread having to create or update our CV, but, it doesn’t have to be the boring looking document it used to be. Use your skills and show them more of your personality through the design of your CV.

Further ways to Improve your CV

How long should your CV be?

There is no set rule as to how long your CV must be. However, anything over two pages is typically deemed too much. The ideal length is just one page, with two pages being an exception if applying for a job that requires more in-depth initial information.

In regards to the creative industry, one page is the perfect length. As you can see in the examples we went through above, being creative with the presentation of your skills enables you to get all vital information on one page.

If you’re looking to reduce your CV that is currently two pages or over there are effective ways to do this with ease.

  • Pick out the essential parts that apply to the role.
  • Make these points as concise as you can and cut long-winded
  • You can mention hobbies and interests but keep these to a minimum.
  • Remember that you don’t need to tell them everything; you’ll have the opportunity to expand on your points in an interview.
  • Optimize your design, graphs, animation and divided your CV. Structured CV’s look professional and also enable lots of concise information on them.

Mistakes

One of the main reasons people put down a CV is because of errors. Error in the formatting of the CV and an inconsistent or a messy theme can put employers off.

Spelling mistakes are also another fall down if you’re creating a creative CV on a website or using software; there won’t always be a spell checker. You’ll need to take on the responsibility of checking this.

Poor grammar will also get your CV disregarded. If you struggle on this, it’s best to get someone to read it through or put it through software like Grammarly. All these mistakes can be avoided through proper proofreading. Employers will not give CV’s the time of day if they can see you’ve not put effort into ensuring it has no mistakes.

You also need to ensure your contact details are up to date, if you change your mobile number it’s easy to forget about changing it on your CV. Of course, this will stop you from being contacted and in turn, you’ll lose out on great opportunities.

In regards to your email, ensure your email address is a professional one. As amusing as fun email addresses are, these won’t get you hired.

Unexplained Gaps

It’s common that candidates will have periods where they are unemployed, and it’s often for an excellent reason. Not explaining these gaps on your CV can put employers off. It’s better to be transparent; if you had time off to go traveling – tell them. If you’ve had to be off from work for an illness- tell them. Lying can hurt your chances of securing your dream job.

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Jade Jordan is a recruitment specialist at Armstrong Appointments who successfully work with candidates and employers across a variety of sectors.