Specialist and Creative CV


If you're applying for an academic role such as a postdoctoral position in a university you may find that you will need to create a slightly longer CV in order to fully outline your research interests, teaching experience, conferences and publications. Examples of CVs for academic positions include these on Prospects and Vitae websites

Creative CVs

Creative arts and media graduates will be expected to produce a well-designed CV and that the layout of you CV is relevant to the industry you are aiming at. For students targeting creative positions it may be appropriate to add design elements that reflect your style and showcase your creative abilities. However, it is important to strike a balance between creativity and professionalism. The majority of employers in the creative / media industry prefer a one page CV. Employers will be more interested in your portfolio as a means of deciding whether to invite you for interview or not.

A creative CV should still include general information such as contact details and a short personal profile but will also include more industry specific sections alongside this.

Exhibitions and / or Screenings

This section would include a list in reverse chronological order, a list of all exhibitions you have been included in. You would include the month / year / the title of the exhibition / the venue or gallery. As the list becomes more extensive you would separate this into solo shows and group shows.

Awards / Commissions

This section would include any awards you had received through competitions, any significant funding you had received to produce your work and any commissions to make work you had received.

Publications / Reviews

This section would include any publication that your work had been included in, it would include references to reviews in magazines and journals and other types of publicity.

Highlighting your work

It is common for employers, curators, commissioners or clients to request examples of your work through digital links to your work or by sending digital copies. It is therefore important to document work carefully and create an online presence through blogs or websites. You may wish to highlight your work visually or in writing. If you choose to do this, you must ensure that the visuals retain their quality, compliment the overall look of the CV, and do not make the text difficult to read.


They showcase your work and demonstrate your innovative and creative skills.  A showreel is essential for all game designers animators, video & film and motion graphic creatives. It provides an employer with an overview of your work and an indication of your skills and abilities.  When appropriate, do not forget to include a showreel link on your CV.

Key points to remember:

  • Whenever possible try to provide information on the conception, development and realisation of your project.
  • If possible, contact the company and get some assurance that your reel will be looked at.
  • Research the company before sending your showreel - identify their main area of work and ensure that your showreel is relevant and highlights your strengths.
  • Keep your showreel short (no more than 2 minutes). However, remember that employers will usually make a decision on your application based on the first 30 seconds!
  • Make it available online e.g. vimeo, facebook or youtube and as a CD or DVD
  • Remember to add the link to your CV or cover letter (email).

Fine artists and designer-makers often include a statement about their work and philosophy as an artist. This could include any of the following:

  • Ways your work is developing, where it is going, ambitions, intended market
  • Influences, personal reflections, key themes, meaning of your work
  • Materials you use, skills, personal and professional beliefs/ethics

Refer to the Artquest website for further advice on writing an Artist Statement

Use design to showcase your creative skills

Branding: Students targeting design-related positions may create a strong visual identity for themselves by incorporating the same house style or logo into their CV, covering letter and business card.

3-Dimensional CVs: For industries such as packaging where 3dimensional design skills are key to the job, a 3D CV can show that you have innovative ideas. Keep in mind that a folding CV is expensive to create, difficult to post, and hard for an employer to photocopy.

Unique CVs: If you have an unusual idea you can create a unique CV. Examples we have seen include a tee shirt with eye-catching comments, a CV printed on a brown paper bag and a Heinz soup label converted into a CV. A unique CV cannot fail to make an impact, but always consider if it is appropriate to the employer, plus the cost of production and difficulties of posting and photocopying.

Acting CV

All agencies will have their own style, but in general the CV will be 1 page, include a photograph and will showcase your full range of skills.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 17:40