As a consultant for a specialist design and creative services recruitment consultancy, I have found myself having the same conversation with a number of leading creative directors in recent months.
It appears that there is a growing tendency among junior/mid-level designers and creatives to ‘over style’ their CVs, by incorporating artwork, and using a wide range of fonts and typefaces.
While the intention is clearly to give CVs the ‘wow factor’, most employers seem to be in agreement – too much creative input on a CV only serves as a distraction and can, in fact, put employers off interviewing prospective candidates.
CVs should be kept clean, simple and detailed, and should clearly outline skills, experience and key background information about the candidate.
Supporting artwork that is submitted alongside the CV should be left to do the talking about a candidate’s creative ability.
Grant Richards, Senior consultant, Design and creative services, RP Cushing Recruitment, by e-mail