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12 Tips to Making a Seriously Good CV
Are you left wondering why you didn't get that interview or even an email to tell you weren't successful in your application? Chances are you and your creative cv isn't standing out to an employer.  

This is our seriously simple guide to building a killer creative cv.

Never before has it been so important to be noticed  - but in the right way, through relevance and a targeted message. The message  "I'm perfect for this role - employ me!"

The thing to remember is that all employers are different and your approach must be tailored carefully to resonate with each application. That includes the email intro, covering letter, your CV and portfolio PDF and website. Become an editor of your past, only include the information that will resonate with them and help build a mental image of you.

We have put together 12 crucial cv tips to help get your cv to the top of the pile and win that interview.

1) Self branding - Don't be too clever, try not to over design your perfect cv - choose a classic typeface and use a limited range of colours. Black or dark grey with a highlighted key colour. Keep things conservative. Don't  be wacky, weird or too clever.  An employer will recognise and respond to a well designed professional cv. 

2) Design - Your CV is an advert promoting you to an employer. Use personal branding to visually hook them in, keep things subtle and professional. Design is vital to communicate that you are like minded and are speaking the same language

3) K.I.S.S - (keep it simple stupid) write your cv and then delete half of it..keep your cv to a maximum of 3 pages - 2 written 1 portfolio page. Ideally less. Each page should have all contact details address, telephone, email links, website URL, twitter, linked-in. 

4) Use your own voice - the key to writing a good cv is accentuate the positive,  don't exaggerate or bend the truth. Use your own voice and avoid jargon or business speak.

5) Be transparent - give clear details about your expertise. Rate your ability basic/good/excellent for mac skills, software, technical, etc.

6) Get recommendations -  Put in some testimonials. Previous employers, freelance clients even colleges tutors. 

7) Use logos - Have you worked with  brands or other design studios? Use their logos on your cv. Creative employers are visual and will find a logo more interesting and evoking than a list.

8) Push the button - Email your pdf but also send a hard copy - its a good opportunity to remind them of your application - Attach a postcard or business card with your details.  Showcase a good piece of work on the reverse. 

9) 5 second rule - You have a maximum of 5 seconds to engage and communicate your key strengths. Use testimonials across the header of the page. Make your name, phone number and email the first thing an employer sees on each page. Remember this is a marketing campaign - sell the sizzle!

10) Research -  Do your homework. Check employers websites, see who their clients are. Check Facebook profiles, twitter and Linked in etc etc..The more info you can get the better. 

11) Portfolio - Again, the simplest approach is the best - an employer wants to see a variety of work that shows a diversity of skills. Showcase your best work - but bare in mind it's better to have 3 great examples as apposed to 12 mediocre ones. Keep clicks to a minimum, simple one page sites make it easy to navigate and showcase your work. See our top recommended html/wordpress templates:

12) Get social - Get your Facebook and Linked-in profile. Keep all the information the same on each site. If you update one then update the others. Inconsistency will cause employers to doubt your credentials.
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