CV tips

Published on: 29 Apr 2008

10 Top tips

  1. 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.
  2. Try to tailor your application to each job. Read the job advert carefully and try to include similar words and phrases in your CV.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Include any skills you have learnt on individual projects, rather than a simple list of roles and employers.
  6. Start with your most recent and relevant experience first and work backwards.
  7. Make sure you include your name and contact details clearly, including a phone number, email address and postal address.
  8. Make sure you check your spelling.
  9.  Do not use coloured paper if you send a paper CV.
  10. 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