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Ditch The Standard Microsoft Word Template CV

Ditch the standard Microsoft Word template CV if you want to stand out from the crowd, don’t even bother with this unless you’ve been specifically asked for it.Sending uninvited, dull-looking CV’s will get you noticed for all the wrong reasons.

We do things differently in the Creative world and that’s exactly what we want to see – something different & creative.  We recently featured a very creative twist on a CV as seen below. You can find the previous blogpost here ‘Creative Approach of Presenting A CV’.

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If you must send a formal CV, make sure it’s a PDF not Microsoft Word – unless instructed. Follow professional guidelines and avoid common mistakes, there are numerous guides available all over the internet and at local careers outlets – notwithstanding this one for starters… CV TIPS

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What is the Creative Digital sector?

#Creative:- : originality of thought or imagination

#Digital:- : involving or relating to the use of computer technology

Creative Digital companies make, move or manipulate Digital Content around the world. The European Commission considers the digital and creative industries the most dynamic emerging sector in Europe to work in and the most important driver of innovation in other sectors. Official statistics published January 14th, 2014 reveal that the UK’s creative industries are now worth £71.4 billion per year to the UK economy. With a growth of almost 10% in 2012, outperforming all other sectors of UK industry, the sector also accounted for 1.68 million jobs in 2012, 5.6 per cent of UK jobs.

With a sector showing so much growth, here at SharpFutures our aim is to empower and equip young people with all the creative and digital tools vital for success in this sector – and to advise of the realities and pitfalls. Creative work is often project-based and can come in ebbs and flows. To succeed in this industry takes determination, imagination and flexibility.

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It’s all about the Content

The first thing you need is a dedicated skill, ambition and an idea of the career path you hope to take.What are your strengths? What is your talent? Can you illustrate a logo or a design a website? Take stunning photographs, write compelling copy or create animation?

Whatever your skill, an absolute must is a digital portfolio. Whether it’s a showreel, blog, website, YouTube channel or any other audio / visual representation of your work, Employers or Clients want to see results, style and creativity. If you haven’t already got one, go and make one. There are an abundance of free tools available such as:

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and too many others to mention.

If you have got this far, you are already on to the next step…It’s all about the content…