CV Writing Rachel Heyes TutorThe Manchester College
Theterm curriculum vitae, or CV, literally means ‘course of life’What is a CV?
Opportunity to:Sell your skillsHighlight your strengths and achievementsGrab the interest of the recruiterWhy use a CV?
Do not list all your achievements and experiences on your CVInclude the most current and those that are the most relevant to the role for which you are applyingKeep you CV fresh (Updated)CV Dos and Don’ts
Personal Details – Name, Surname, address, Contact Number, Professional EmailEducation – Reverse Chronological Order inc. Dates, Name of Institution and TownExperience – All inc. Voluntary/ShadowingPositions of responsibility, achievement, interests – Well Rounded, Potential Subject Matter at Interview ie. Scouts, Animals, Team Sports, AthleticsRefereesCV Format
Clear, brief, easily scannedIdeally the font size of regular text is 11 or 12You should be able to hold your CV at arm’s length and still read it comfortablyAvoid large blocks of text that won’t be readSplit information into individually focused bullet pointsCV Layout
On my current media scheme, I am gaining skills through college based learning aswell as work based placements. I enjoy scripting and filming my own work in my spare time. I also volunteer on a Wednesday at the BBC’s kit hire department; DV Solutions. Media Experience Sept 2010- March 2012 Advanced Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media, which is a work-based training scheme for the media industries supported by the BBC, Manchester College and Vision+Media. The Apprenticeship involves full-time work placements with broadcasters, independent companies and other media organisations in the North West, plus training in production skills from the Manchester College. I have had such experience as: February 2011- Sept 2011 Work placement at DV Solutions (BBC kit hire) • Equipment maintenance • Dealing with the booking and hiring of kit • Gave advice and help on equipment Sept 2010- Dec 2010 The Manchester College, Manchester. • Film production shown in Corner House Theatre • Journalism Workshop • Volunteered at the ‘Meet the Commissioners Event’ at Media City on two occasions Other media experience separate from the scheme: . August 2011 Volunteered on the BBC interactive day at The Cliff training ground.Example (Handout) • Helped introduce school children to interactive green-screen. July 2011 Assisted on filming a music video at the Ruby Lounge, Manchester. • I was in charge of operating two cameras to capture a live performance. June 2011
Select a Job Advert for a position that you feel you could apply for: ◦ http://jobs.guardian.co.uk/jobs/media/ ◦ http://ijobs.independent.co.uk/jobs/media/ ◦ http://jobs.thetimes.co.uk/jobs/marketing- media/ ◦ http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/ ◦ http://www.campaignjobs.co.uk/ ◦ http://www.mediaweekjobs.co.uk/ ◦ http://www.bectu.org.uk/news/ssr ◦ http://www.productionbase.co.uk/ ◦ http://www.mandy.com/Task – Step 1
Write a CV ◦ That meets the requirements of the job advertisedTask – Step 2
Provide examples of your own work (relevant to the job application) ◦ Such as: Portfolio – Photos, Audio Clips, Videos ◦ Hard Copies, DVDs, CDs, USB Online Portfolio, Website or Blog Facebook Page (Professional) Twitter (Professional) LinkedIn YouTube Channel (Professional)All should be professional standards!!!Task – Step 3