How to write a killer art CV – The Art Recruiter’s top 5 tips

Getting ahead in the art world can be a tricky business, so a top-knotch CV is essential, says The Art Recruiter.

What do you need to get a job in the art world today? Art Radar asked Tamsin Nugent from The Art Recruiter, a recruitment agency specialising in the Asian cultural sector, to tell us her top 5 tips for writing a strong arts CV.

Kate Mitchell, '9-5', performance. Image courtesy the artist.

Kate Mitchell, ‘9-5’, performance. Image courtesy the artist.

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Customise your language

Getting your hands on a job description will allow you to incorporate the language of the organisation in your application, demonstrating your compatibility for the role.

Review the advertised job description (JD) and look for key words and required skills that you can support with your professional experience. If a JD hasn’t been listed in the advertisement, contact the recruiter or organisation and get it.

Don’t be afraid to market yourself

Don’t make the hirer work for it – market yourself effectively. Be realistic, but don’t undersell your abilities. You have worked hard to get where you are so give credit where credit is due.

If employers are looking for certain experience, incorporate it in your professional summary or career highlights section first. Your transferrable skills should follow.

Be professional and concise

First up, create a clean and consistent format – white space is your friend. Be professional and concise in your language, avoiding the use of jargon where possible. Always try to say it in fewer words.

Depending on the role, list curatorial/sales achievements and relevant programming history, but keep the word count in check. The recommended length is 2-3 generously spaced pages. If your programming experience is too extensive, a supplement should be made ‘available upon request’.

Don’t forget spelling and grammar and, most importantly, avoid the first person pronoun. There is simply no need; who else would you be talking about if not yourself?

Take the highroad 

Most of us have held a challenging position in our professional lives, or had a bad experience with a nightmare boss. When writing about it put the bad feelings aside and take the highroad. Consider the positive impact you had on that role and the organisation. Avoid negative language both on paper and in the interview process.

Key information to include

  • Name and contact information – don’t make it difficult for the hirer to find you
  • Professional summary – keep it brief at 50 words and incorporate the JD where possible
  • Transferrable skills – bullet point form
  • Tertiary Qualifications
  • Languages
  • Professional experience
  • Referees – list 2 up-to-date referees and clear it with them first!

If you want to find out more about the perfect art CV, The Art Recruiter offers CV format templates and other employment consultancy services.

And don’t forget, enrol with Art Radar by 2 March 2014 to take advantage of our low course fees!

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