It’s official, traditional CV’s are a thing of the past.
If you’re applying for a creative job (or a job in a creative company), then it makes sense to add a little creative element to your CV (do you think we’ve said creative enough?) Anyway, what we’re trying to say is, no matter how great your credentials are, all it takes is a little effort to make your CV really stand out from the hundreds of other applicants – first impressions and all that.
Take our Design Director Steven, for example. He delivered his CV and portfolio in a cool bag with a wind up brain inside. Why, you ask? The entire theme of his application was “Creative Mind for Transplant” – clever huh?
More recently, we had a surprise visit to the MadeBrave® studio. On a regular Wednesday afternoon, the Mad Hatter arrived at our door (and no, we’re not talking about Andrew). He introduced himself and announced that he was delivering a CV on behalf of his wife, Mrs MacHatter and handed over both an envelope and a message in a bottle. The message read “There is no great genius, without a touch of madness” – you’re not wrong there!
The thing about ‘Mrs MacHatter’s’ extra effort is that every single person in the MadeBrave® studio stopped what they were doing to see what was going on (and it’s not just because she also gave us two boxes of Tunnock’s tea cakes). We’re guessing that was the desired effect. At the end of the day, when it comes to your CV, it’s all about balance. Here are a few of our top tips for creating a stellar CV.
- Don’t be shy – tell us what makes you amazing. Showcase your talents and shout about your experience.
- Be honest – first of all, the internet is a wonderful place that allows people to check things – just sayin’. Second, don’t be afraid to tell us the things you’re maybe not so great at – we’re all human, and there’s always room to learn.
- If you can’t spell, there’s always Google.
- Choose what you apply for wisely and ask yourself “Am I the absolute best person for this job?”
- Don’t apply through Facebook
- Always include a cover letter – this is where you can showcase your personality
- Do a little research on the company you’re applying to – we can tell a copy-and-paste effort a mile off
- Choose a nice font (absolutely no Comic Sans)
If you’d like to apply for a job here at MadeBrave® – keep an eye out on our careers page and don’t forget to check out our post on 10 Characteristics of a MadeBraver for a little insight to the type people you could be sitting next to.