CVs should always start with a summary of your skills and attributes (or features and benefits). Then under each company, bullet-point your responsibilities and achievements.
Ensure that your CV is no longer than 3 or 4 pages and that you have included any achievements or awards. Take out any irrelevant experience – it is confusing. Keep it simple.
Creatives: Include a summary of your technical skills and it is really important to present your portfolio online.
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Because it’s Adstaff’s mission to add value, we assist with advice on CVs and portfolios. “Cos if we’re going to present you, we want to ensure that your CV or folio looks as professional as possible. You only have one click of a button for your CV to make a good impression and you're not going to get a second chance."
Not too much job-hopping (shows lack of commitment), experience in reputable agencies and the reason for leaving last job...i.e. if it is just to get an increase, forget it. All clients understand redundancies; so don’t be embarrassed.
For creatives it’s all about your portfolio: they look not only for aesthetically pleasing work, but also at campaigns that depict contemporary conceptual thinking. Less is often more and case studies are great to include, if you have them, in your online portfolios.
At interviews you are going to be judged on your fit within the agency, so personality traits like positivity, flexibility, leadership and sense of humour will go a long way towards making a good impression. And always be friendly!
If you’re not sure you want the job – don't go for the interview: It’s not a good look for you or for us.
Dress neatly: not over the top, but look like you’ve made an effort to look professional.
Prepare for the interview: At the very least, have a look at the client’s website so that you have an idea of what they’re about.
Take along examples of your work (especially creative) or any research or case studies you’ve prepared.
Be open, upfront and honest. Always.
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