When looking at CV’s I first decided to look at general layouts and stylings to see how I could best lay it out.
I found that from looking at examples, I was drawn more to the ones that split the page into two sections, one for contact info, the other side having the more indepth details. I thought this was a clean way to layout information and was easy to read.
From this, I then went on to look at what information was needed to included in a CV. There were some areas I was unsure of myself but I’ll explain as I type.
1)Personal profile/about me
2)job experience/relevant experience- including placements
3)extra curricular/achievements outside of work- this includes clubs/associations etc
4)hobbies and interests- this was a bit of an odd one for me as I didn’t see it as that relevant. Obviously it makes you appear more human, however, I have decided to not prioritise it as much as other areas
5)Education- GCSE, Alevel and University
7)Skills- most CVs I had looked at had some form of bar or chart showing proficiency in different softwares. However
The about me section was a really hard for me write- as I had no idea how approach it and what to include. I was sent this link by Michael Cauchi to have a look at, they included different examples of profiles for different jobs etc. The below example was given for a student and I found it extremely helpful.
I am a hardworking and ambitious individual with a great passion for the transport and logistics industry. I am currently in my second year of studying BA Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Aston University. I have excellent communication skills, enabling me to effectively communicate with a wide range of people. I am seeing a part-time position in the industry in which I can put into practice my knowledge and experience, ultimately benefiting the operations of the organisation that I work for.
I then took started writing my own profile;
I’m Rebecca Blair, a recent animation graduate from Ulster University. I have excellent soft communication skills and I am a driven worker, allowing me to excel in studio environments. I have primary interests in modelling, lookdev and production alongside a strong desire to learn new skills.
I think that this is working well and encapsulates everything I want to get across.
Working with these ideas I first gave a very basic layout for the CV. I multiplied the clay shader on the background of the document to match my business cards.
Once I was happy with this rough layout I added the information. I chose the same font for the headings as my business card, I found it easy to read and kind of fun. I noticed things such as the text alignment in the LHS looked out when left aligned, and looked cleaner centre aligned. I also altered the spacing on the car so all the words matched. I didn’t want to add a photo of myself on the CV, I remember Greg MaGuire mentioning some companies did not like it due to gender laws etc, but I wanted to include something to make it look more friendly. I posed Renny in a waving position and added him to the piece. To make him blend a bit more I added a border to his photo.
The next stage for me was the colour scheme at the beginning I had just been using a stock one for the mean time. I decided it would be an interesting idea to incorporate Renny’s colouring into the scheme. Using a website, I picked the two main colours (the yellow and pink of Renny) and saw the complimentary colours. I used these in the CV to add a pop of colour. You can see the end result below. Overall I am pleased with how it looks at the moment.
The redshift logo will need removed in this closer to time of print.