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New year, new CV, new job…

January 12, 2014 @ 11:47 am Posted in News Comments

There is still no excuse for starting a new year with a sloppy CV, and it’s not going to get you the job you want. Media Parents’ Amy Walker urges you to spring clean your credits – better still tailor a CV to the job you’re applying for, or the employer you’re writing to! Get a job with the top 3 CV tips from Media Parents, and links to tips from many of the employers who work with us. Sort it out and let us know how you get on!

Cver 70 freelancers attended the Media Parents CV Surgery and got some great advice.

top 3 CV tips to get you started:

1. The top third of the first page of your CV is the most important part – make it relevant! Employers see this on their screen, and if they don’t see anything relevant to the job in hand they may not scroll down. Tailoring your CV to the job application (relevant credits at the top) or to the company you are trying to impress will really help you.

2. Start with your name, job type and contact details – this can be just your phone number and email address. Label your CV file in the same way (name and job title) and also title your email address with your name and job title – you need to be easily found to get a job! If you want to start with a biog make this 3 sentences at the very most, including any awards. You need to get to your relevant credits quickly! No relevant credits? Don’t apply this time.

3. Your CV should be TWO pages ONLY, no matter how experienced you are. You need to show employers that you can select relevant material. Credits over 8 years old are largely irrelevant, so condense them or lose them.

Want more advice? There are tips here:

http://blog.mediaparents.co.uk/2013/10/media-parents-cv-tips-from-the-cv-event/

and here

http://blog.mediaparents.co.uk/2013/11/media-parents-at-bbc-cymru/

and here are some of the tips a freelancer got at one of our events

http://blog.mediaparents.co.uk/2013/06/5-minutes-with-paul-leyshon-director-producer/

more here

http://blog.mediaparents.co.uk/2011/11/media-parents-cv-event-london-gallery-and-tips/

and here

http://blog.mediaparents.co.uk/2010/10/media-parents-cv-event-wisdom-2/

That’s enough now!

The next Media Parents event will be in January 2015 please keep an eye on @mediparents and www.mediaparents.co.uk for details. For networking, jobs and great events please join www.mediaparents.co.uk Happy New Year!

by Amy Walker

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