Top tips for a great journalism CV

Getting your foot in the door is often the hardest part of job seeking – particularly for graduates. Having a strong CV that stands out from the rest is crucial and could be the difference between getting an interview and being dropped onto the ‘for recycling’ pile.

Here are some tips on creating a great journalism CV.

  • Keep it to a maximum of 2 pages
  • Tailor your CV to the job description
  • Use your course modules and assessments as examples of your skills
  • Don’t copy and paste
  • Don’t waffle – be concise
  • Make it your own thing
  • Include links to blogs/online work and where approach attach cuttings
  • Let your personality come through
  • Show your passion and enthusiasm
  • Change your privacy settings on Facebook
  • Use Twitter for professional use and don’t put anything on there you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see
  • Show how work experience has enhanced your skills, development, learning
  • Include relevant work experience high up and additional work experience lower down on CV
  • Make your interests interesting not bland, and be specific
  • Proof read and check and recheck your work
  • Spell names correctly
  • Use CV action/power/impact words
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