10 Top tips
- Keep it concise and relevant; it is highly likely that anything that can't be presented on a maximum of two A4 pages is too long.
- Try to tailor your application to each job. Read the job advert carefully and try to include similar words and phrases in your CV.
- You should include a few small images of your work, but information about your experience, skills and education should take priority - you can present your work properly in your portfolio.
- Highlight any CAD and 3D modelling skills with the amount of time you have spent working with any specific software packages, as well as any projects that demonstrate your creativity.
- Include any skills you have learnt on individual projects, rather than a simple list of roles and employers.
- Start with your most recent and relevant experience first and work backwards.
- Make sure you include your name and contact details clearly, including a phone number, email address and postal address.
- Make sure you check your spelling.
- Do not use coloured paper if you send a paper CV.
- If you are sending a digital version of your CV, try and send it in PDF format, as Word documents may lose their format if the recipient is using a different version of Word than yours, or works on a Mac as opposed to a PC.
For more tips on creating a strong CV, read BD's guide on Spicing up your CV