According to June data from CV-Library, there were '106% more applicants battling it out for jobs this year — compared to last year'. It is also reported that hiring managers spend 5-10 seconds looking at your CV before they mentally put you in the 'yes' or 'no' pile. So let's make sure we make an impression ASAP! Here is how:
We are not saying you have to put your heart and soul into a creative CV for every role because that would take a long-ass time, but if you have the time, you REALLY want the role and you have a great idea — go for it! There is nothing to lose. If you don't get the role it can go onto your Linkedin and social (thus drumming up potential interest from other employers) AND it can go into your portfolio! Plus it's a bit of practice for next time.
Testimonials from previous employers are great, not just for your website and LinkedIn — pop one on your CV too! A short and sharp quote from a previous employer about how amazing you were will definitely catch their eye! It doesn't matter if this is from a bar job or a fashion-related role, it will speak to your character and your work ethic. This is also great for instances when you don't have as much relevant experience.
Seeing as employers spend on average spend 5-10 seconds scanning a CV, let's go that extra mile to really show 'em your skills. In your 'Work Experience' section, it's great to write about your roles and responsibilities in bullet points. Adding an extra 'Key Skills Acquired' section will really make the skills you learned in that role SHINE. From a role working in retail or a big brand, this is the bit employers really want to know — yes you took on a role, but what did you learn? What did you take from it? How did you progress?
It's very common to just list your skills in the 'Skills' section on your CV, but realistically employers want to see evidence — they want to see proof. Reflect the top skills needed for the role in your 'Work Experience' section and if you have a skills section, think about listing relevant skills but with an extra something ... List around 4 core/relevant skills that you know the brand is really looking for along with some proof. For example:
Social Media Strategy
Whilst at [brand] I helped grow their Social Media account by 2k in 2 months.
Copywriting for Fashion
Undertaken 2 roles at Vogue and i-D, plus launched my own popular fashion blog and YouTube channel.
Self-taught plus undertook 30+ hours of Adobe tutorials at Uni. Find my strongest PS work here.
TOP TIP: Throw in some numbers and stats wherever possible!
We're talking your 'About Me' section on your CV, your 'sell' to the employer. As this is the first section the employer will see, this should be a short section that rounds you up as a creative, an employee, and an individual. It should simply be a few sentences that tell the employer who you are, what your skills are, and what strengths you have. The key here: don't forget to show your personality and use language that isn't generic. Check this FYI post out here.
More coming up on how to write your Profile soon!
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