If you’re a freshly graduated student from the Creative Industries and want to get noticed so you can secure an interview, it’s important that you show off your creative side while remaining professional. This should be done through a CV and cover letter.
Don’t know what a CV or cover letter is?
Allow me to explain…
A CV is short for Curriculum Vitae, the main difference between a resume and CV is the length. Your CV should include your academic background, teaching experience, degrees, research, awards, publications, presentations and other achievements.
Whilst your CV is a refined summary of what you’re offering, your cover letter is a professional letter that introduces your application reasons, relevant skills and experience on your resume; that are specifically tailored for the job you are applying.
Now that you have a rough idea of what your CV and cover letter should include, you may be wondering why they’re so important.
For an employer, their first impression of you comes from your CV and cover letter; we’re all familiar with the saying “You never get a second chance at a first impression.”
When creating your CV and cover letter it’s important to make sure you put your best foot forward. Below is a perfect example of a creative CV:
This one, however, is way too creative, and rather complex to understand:
You want your potential employer to be able to quickly browse over your CV and know what the main points are. If you’re unsure of how to get your CV noticed by employers, try researching what employers look for in a CV or look at the templates that you can fill out on Microsoft Word and are job specific.
It’s not just your CV and cover letter that will get you noticed by an employer, there are many other ways to make sure that you stand out. For example, a letter of recommendation from a previous employer will further prove your suitability for the job and may increase your chances. The professional network that you begin building from the time you first enter university can and most likely help you in your future career.
Another way that you can get noticed by employers is to drop your CV and cover letter to your potential workplace in person and follow up on the progress of your application via phone call or email. Doing this shows the employer that you are genuinely interested and are serious about applying for the available position.
When you get an interview, it’s important to prepare, prepare, prepare. Practice mock interviews with friends and family so that you’re not thrown off in the interview. Organise your outfit for the interview and make your portfolio to take to the interview the night before so that everything is ready for you in the morning.
In the interview, be confident and calm. The most impressive candidates are those who genuinely care about the company and job they are applying for, have done their research, and are able to sell themselves based on that information. If you can do that, you’re sure to be a memorable applicant.
By Marina Nassif