Your CV is the most important tool you have to sell yourself to potential employers – so how can you make yours stand out?
Don’t sell yourself short
Many professionals think two pages is the maximum length for CVs – but it doesn’t have to be. If you are experienced in the broadcast sector, then three or four pages is a good length, because it gives you space to mention all the technology you are familiar with.
A longer CV will be more searchable and help increase your chances of finding work – so include all your previous experience and don’t be afraid of going over two pages.
Keep your CV neat and well presented – use readable fonts and logical formatting. Some employers will have hundreds of CVs to look through so try to make yours as easy as possible for them to digest.
Always proof read
Double check spelling, grammar and dates – nothing will undermine you more than simple typos on an otherwise perfect CV. Always proof read your CV, and it can be helpful to ask someone else to double check it for you too. At Christy Media Solutions, we can help with any additional advice or support regarding writing your CV, for more information please contact us.
Open your CV with a profile to sell yourself for your next career move. This should summarise your most relevant experience, qualifications and what role you are ideally looking for next.
Employment and education
List your previous employment history, with your most recent job first. State dates, your job title and the company you worked for. Provide an overview of your main responsibilities for each role – you could include number of staff you managed, technologies you used, customers you worked with and project values you delivered.
List your educational history and qualifications with the most recent first. Start with any industry qualifications, then details of your degree or diploma and finally an A-Level and GCSE overview.
Skills and hobbies
If you are working in a technical role with measurable experience, such as programming or engineering, then a matrix of your technical skills can be really useful. You could also give details of any additional languages you speak, which are an added bonus in many areas of the broadcast industry.
Our broadcast clients often like to know a little bit about what you do outside of work – so list a few hobbies and interests that will give an impression of who you are.
Make it easy for your potential employers by giving clear personal and contact details. Include your address, telephone number and email address, date of birth, nationality, and if you have a current driving license or residency / work visa, mention it.