Although they may look different, the same rules apply as for traditional CVs.
Use one or two full pages for a Word/PDF document, a single webpage without an overly long scroll bar if online, or a video CV incorporating clear sections, all just a minute or two in length. Remember, your interviewer may have many CVs to review, and won’t be able to spend a huge amount of time on one.
Remember the purpose
Your CV is to get you the interview or meeting, not the job itself – highlight what you have achieved that makes the reader want to learn more by meeting you. It is not an almanac of your whole life, but a functional document addressing their requirements.
Check for functionality
If an employer’s eye scans it, will they pick up something that makes them keep going? If an employer prints it out, or opens it in an earlier version of Word or on a different operating system, will it hold its formatting?
Present your skills and experience that the particular employer is looking for, in the design that might best appeal. Building in areas which are relatively quick to tailor (editable text, or an alternate graphic which can be cut and pasted to the same position) is something to consider from the outset and will save you time.
Describe your experience in a way that focuses on the things you’ve learnt, the skills you’ve used successfully, your responsibilities and achievements. Avoid focusing on the detail that doesn’t translate into their world.
Don’t forget your degree
Show how your course has given you knowledge, skills and developed your abilities.
Check that it works
It’s easy to lose sight of the end user with a design-led project – test it out by sharing it with friends, book an appointment with a Careers Adviser, and most importantly, ask the opinion of industry professionals in your chosen field.