Each time I applied for a position I would go over the outline of the internship and focus on the tasks in the description, tailoring my cover letter to show the aspects of my self that would best suit that position. This would often mean that I would be sat for hours going over the Cover letter, it would often take me a day to really write something that I thought the employers wanted.
I thought that the cover letter was as important as the CV. Often the CV is a very important part but it is the Cover letter that really gets companies to know you. During one phone conversation about a internship, I was told ‘we don’t really look at the CV, we focus more on the personal statement’ This is more than likely due to the fact that it gives a better understanding of you as a person, and your writing skills. With ‘Professional oral and written communication skills’ often being one of the top requirements in any job descriptions, a well written cover letter will help tick off that first requirement.
As I have put in a previous post; updating your CV when looking for work seams to be a constant thing and some times you need to change the layout completely to get the results that you wanted. When I first started this year I was told that because I was on a creative course my CV had to look creative too. Because it would give employers an idea of my style and if I used a design tool like Indesign it would also show my knowledge of different software. But the issue I found was when ever I would send a professional company that CV, I wouldn’t get a reply. They would probably take one look at it and thinking to them selfs she doesn’t take herself seriously so why should we?
This led me to change my CV to a more traditional format, but containing information more tailored to a media position, playing to my strengths in Photography, customer relations, team work and my knowledge of different software.
Previously I had zero offers for interviews, with some companies simply not replying at all. This was probably out of nine jobs and internships.
In the space of a week, I have had phone calls and emails from five companies to talk about a potential job or placement. And I have had two interviews so far. I would be the first to admit that those are out of twelve applications submitted the grievous week. But that being said five out of twelve is a whole lot better than nothing at all.
One thing that I have discovered from this writing and re writing of CV’s and cover letters is this, be creative in your portfolio, show examples of your work, make it look as beautiful or stylish as you like. But when it comes down to the CV, people want to know you can take yourself seriously and that you can be professional not just creative.
Emma Lawson’s CV
In my search for not only a placement but also part time work, I have found that a lot of time and effort must be spent going over the details in your CV and writing a cover letter in order to get anyone to take it seriously. I think so far I have written up to 6 different cover letters for different positions, and I have changed elements on the CV well over 50 times already. And I fear that I will have to change it at least twice that much before I will be asked to walk through a door for an interview.
But there is some aspects of the CV that might be hindrance to me trying to find work. With the elements of my actual job stopping companies from taking me seriously in a potential work placement. And my interest in my course preventing me from being seen as someone who can be dedicated to a partite job. Maybe I should make two completely separate CV’s? One with no mention of my projects to do with my course and the other only mentioning briefly my job. Might I get a better result?
Well While I work on that I’ve added an updated version of my CV below.