Please Tear my CV Apart.
Posted 26 July 2008 - 08:07 AM
This is my CV that I'm linking most people to, http://homepage.ntlworld.com/bas/cv/
If you could please take a look and attack it so I can improve it that would great.
ps. I have put 'broadcast operations' as the job title as I do both camera and lighting however I don't have the experience to go calling myself a lighting director or camera operator. I consider myself an assistant camera that operates.
Posted 26 July 2008 - 09:11 AM
I would loose that bit of it, as it may get you much more unpaid than paid work.
Also, the ending bit is a little jarring in terms of grammar. A slightly better flow may, IMHO be better.
Aside from that I think it's fine.
It would be interesting, if possible, for your lighting director/cam op/dp stuff to add a link to examples of it from the online CV.
Perhaps loose the still photographer bit as well, and focus on just the cinema/broadcast bit.
Just my suggestion. .
One of these days I should make up my CV. . .
Posted 26 July 2008 - 01:47 PM
IMHO, If you can do a task without close supervision then you have earned the right to the job description. It's your experience that informs a prospective employer just how skilled you are apt to be at that task.
I have put 'broadcast operations' as the job title as I do both camera and lighting however I don't have the experience to go calling myself a lighting director or camera operator. I consider myself an assistant camera that operates.
Another way of putting it, when I read a CV or Resume' I assume that the person is placing themselves in the best light possible, even to the point of exaggeration. Being modest may be a virtue but it's probably not a good idea on a CV.
Posted 27 July 2008 - 04:33 PM
Posted 27 July 2008 - 05:18 PM
You could do a few different CV's for each category, like one for stills photography and one for lighting, etc. If I weren't just an AC and decided to try and make a living as a writer, recording engineer, camera op, or sarcastic 20-something post-punk vegan with too much spare time, I would separate each of these things into several different documents. And print them out on really tacky stationery.
If sending a CV for a particular job then it is very sensible to adapt your CV to that job. The positive response rate will be very much higher.
Posted 29 July 2008 - 04:17 PM
Posted 30 July 2008 - 10:42 PM
I agree with Annie, but if you wanted to keep just the one CV I would definitely split the different positions up with sub-headings (i.e: DOP, GAFFER, CAMERA ASSISTANT, etc.)
That's how I organize my CV. Most of my experience is in DP/AC/Cam Op work, so I shift the sub-headings/categories around on my resume, depending on the position I'm applying for. If I'm going for a DP gig, I'll have the DP section at the top. Same with AC gigs, etc.
Posted 01 August 2008 - 04:48 PM