Not sure where to start? Don’t panic! On this page, we’ve listed our top Dos and Don’ts for artworker CVs.
*Don’t forget; if you are looking for a new artworker job, we’ve got lots available on our jobs board – take a look today!*
Show Off Your Creativity:
You’re applying for an artworker job that calls for creative flair so we’d really urge you to show some of these skills off on your artworker CV. Why? Because this way you’re killing two birds with one stone – you’re telling an employer that you have these skills – and then you’re actually demonstrating them on your CV. With that in mind; it’s a good idea to treat your artworker CV like any other project. This means paying close attention to things like alignments, formatting, typography tuning and imagery to ensure they’re up to scratch and that they reflect the attention to detail you apply to every artwork project you work on.
Bear The Brand In Mind:
When creating your artworker CV, it’s definitely a good idea to bear the brands in mind that you’re hoping to land a job with and design a CV which includes aspects which would appeal to each. For example, if the brands you’re hoping to work for all boast really strong, bold imagery, then you might want to consider including bolder elements in your CV design. Alternatively, if the brands you admire prefer more delicate visuals then you should definitely consider incorporating more subdued elements into your CV. Remember; it’s all about appealing to the brand and showing that you’ve already got the skills and style that they’re looking for.
A lot of employers don’t have the time to read every single word on your CV – so it’s important to be concise and ensure you only include information which is going to help you get the job. Remember; you can go into more detail about some of your skills and experience on your cover letter or when you get to the interview! For example, rather than including big paragraphs on what you did in your last two/three artworker jobs, you could jot down the main points in bullet points – these essentially tell an employer the same thing but take up much less space and are much easier to digest if an employer is scanning your CV.
Highlight Relevant Information:
Have all of the skills and experience for the artworker role you’re applying for? Then you need to be sure to highlight these in your CV – and by highlight, we mean really make them stand out! As we said before, an employer will probably only have a few seconds to scan your CV in the first instance – so you need to make sure the information the employer notices is what counts – and what they actually want to see! One idea is to highlight your relevant skills in the colour scheme or style of the brand you’re applying for. Not only will this help to make them stand out but it’ll also help to draw a prospective employer’s eye and visually suggest that you’re already a great fit for the brand.
List Any Irrelevant Roles Or Experience:
Only got one or two professional artwork roles under your belt so tempted to fill your CV up by including jobs which aren’t directly related to the artworking industry? Think again! Seriously, you only have limited space on your CV – so don’t waste any by including irrelevant jobs or experience which isn’t going to help you secure the job. Instead of listing irrelevant jobs such as that part-time supermarket job you had while you were at university, include details of any work experience or volunteer projects you’ve completed which are more directly tied to the print and creative industries. This shows your commitment to the industry and things like this are much more interesting to a prospective employer.
Forget To Mention Results:
While it’s important to include skills and experience on your artworker CV, it’s also a good idea to include results – if you have any which you can quote that is! Why? Because while an employer wants to know that you have the skills they’re looking for, they also want to hear that you’ve been involved in some really successful campaigns for some leading names. If you don’t have any stats you can quote, be sure to mention specific campaign names, particularly if they might ring a bell with a prospective employer.
Include A Cheesy Personal Profile:
While personal profiles can work in your favour, they can also work against you, particularly if you’ve talked about yourself in third person or you’ve used cheesy language to describe yourself. Try and avoid using clichés and instead come up with something unique which accurately reflects who you are as a professional artworker. If you’re stuck, you coukd ask a former employer or colleague for help – or if you’re really struggling, there’s no harm in leaving it out altogether.
Forget To Make Your Education Relevant:
If you’re applying for your first junior or graduate artworker job, you probably won’t have that much experience that you can include – so you’re obviously going to want to include your degree, apprenticeship, A-Levels or BTEC on your CV – and that’s fine but you need to explain how this education is relevant to the artworker role you’re applying for. Be sure to list any techniques you learnt during your course, such as typopgraphy tuning, and any tools you’re familiar with eg. InDesign, Photoshop etc – and also include a few examples of projects you worked on during this time.