Old-timers have lost touch with what a CV is

The article on CVs (DW Education Supplement, 12 July) filled me with disappointment. Have these people talking about CVs applied for a job themselves in the past 20 years? It seems the nearest Michael Brindley has got to his own CV recently is a telephone number (in someone else’s handwriting) scrawled on to a napkin at London’s Mezzo restaurant.

So what is the average graduate’s tactic to be? To target a few consultancies and customise a lush and expensive CV with each application? To apply for pretty much everything to get a foot in that door? If you are successful, the first option offers a world of opportunity, of unrestricted creativity, and a gaggle of award ceremonies to attend. If you are not, frustration, boredom and loneliness await, whereupon your main hobby becomes steaming second-class stamps off those ill-received envelopes – perhaps a stagnant and unsatisfying start to that dazzling career.

More than 180 people applied for my present position as a junior designer, and it seems that my boss had very different criteria to those of Mary Lewis.

Ms Lewis may not wish for a list of computer programs the length of her arm, but most employers want to see computer skills on a CV and an application of these within the portfolio. It is a fundamental aspect of any application. Macs are not everything, but if you shortlist a person who thinks Photoshop is down the road next to Rymans, don’t even think about whingeing to the press about the lack of valid information on a CV.

Though I’m young, inexperienced and possibly naive, it appears that those who make these life and death decisions for graduate students have no idea what we have had to go through.

All I am sure of is that while they peer over their Jasper Morrison-designed desks and ponder wistfully on lost youth, we know that anybody could get into the Royal College of Art then – you lot had it easy.

Ryan Sales

David Kerby Design

London EC2

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