This is the final edition of my CV Research, I have created a CV that can be modified to work for either a photography job or a job in Tesco which ever is needed the most.
It works when printed out in black and white which is important because that will be something that happens when it is sent away. There will be a few things to add in the near future, so perhaps there will be a Part VI, but we shall cross that bridge at a later time.
This is the second to last episode of CV Research, I will show some screenshots from the document I have been using to inspire me. I have tried to make my CV look more creative and still show my traditional work skills.
I’ve mentioned this previously, but photographers really don’t get the chance to show off their skills properly in their CV’s. Whilst creating my CV I have struggled to show off my skills, photography seems to force me into having a plain CV.
I have been talking with the careers advisor at university and this has helped me iron out some of the creases in the wording of my CV, so in the fifth and final CV Research post were I will show my final CV I will explain the changes that I have made.
Target Jobs has a careers planner section were the is a sort of aptitude test to figure out what you enjoy and which jobs fit you best. With it you get a big load of feedback; I was advised to do it by one of the careers advisors here at university (Joanne Watson). In this post I am going to go through that test and it feedback and what it could mean for me. First of all, here are the top four jobs recommended for me and my interests: Funnily enough photographer is the most highly recommended match, and all of the jobs in the top ten are within the creative industry, good to know I do indeed have a creative mind. These results showed a lot of design jobs, and Exhibition Display Designer, definitely encourages me to work harder at our degree show in June. The second thing to share with you is John L Holland’s (Psychologist) theory around job classifications: According to this test, business and enterprise are not my strong points so perhaps best to avoid these or even to consider doing something to improve my skills in this area. It is also good to know that I am very social and I will work well in a team, I do thrive as part of a team. These two are mentioned more highly because they stand out. I am also very happy with the results of Investigative – Problem Solver, hopefully I will be able to show that I have these skills in my CV. The Third thing this test looks at is my key motivations: It would appear that I am motivated by a lot of things, perhaps some of the things to improve here are with myself, Social Good should be higher as a motivation, I would like to look into some job opportunities that show potential for social good. Getting a 5 for Fun is the result here that I am most pleased with, any job I have I want the possibility or perhaps even the promise of fun. I have been looking around a lot recently and inspiration has come to me in the form of Instagram. I started following natgeo (National Geographic) and they linked to their photographer dguttenfelder (David Gutten Felder), this has inspired the anthropological side of my inquisitiveness.
The final major part of the results is a skills test, showing you numerical, verbal and logical reasoning:
I’ll just share the positive results from this part of the test, I did poorly on the verb reasoning which can be improved by reading complex articles in newspapers and summarise them in three to five bullet points. What is the basic information in the articles? But anyway my most positive, this means that I can solve problems logically, and think laterally.
Hopefully in my next few posts I can work out what I would like to do post university.
I’ve just been looking at an article called ‘Can You Still Make Money From Photography?’ and this is where the title of the post comes from, Uncle Bob with his posh new DSLR is the proxy for that family member or family friend whom people consider getting to shoot their wedding for free. Wedding photography isn’t what I would like to do, but something has to pay the bills, and wedding photographers seem to be quite similar, however, I have seen some good and some awfully bad. They also seem to price themselves out of the market, if anyone even considers Uncle Bob they will soon realise it won’t work, but they shouldn’t have to consider.
Anyway, there are other things a photographer can do to sell themselves, such as film, it’s so close and so far from what photographers know. I’ve experimented with it, and I would like to fully embrace it because there are things I try to photograph which simply do not work with a still.
Finding a niche is important: what do I enjoy doing? What do I enjoy looking at? What do I enjoy writing about? What what what?! Well, I know that the way I photograph has become instinctive to me, so I think I will always have an element of the abstract. I enjoy colour, black and white isn’t for me, I’ve tried using it myself but I find relying on texture and tone alone difficult, so, colour what else? Surprisingly, though I struggle with people myself I can’t get some portraits out of my head in particular one by Mikhael Subotzky, since I first saw it it has been in the back of my mind. I enjoying writing and researching about the history and how this has affected the landscape and current culture of a place, which has what inspired me to do a project about Iceland.
Even after this; the question still remains: what do I want to do?
Image Courtesy of Magnum Photography and Mikhael Subotzky.
This part is fairly simple, reference, I’m sure I don’t have to explain a reference, and the artist statement, which is some thing I discovered whilst research creative CV’s. It shows that I’m a creative and a small sample of my work below, so that my work can be seen before they see me.
This post was very brief but the next one will be looking at a way to make my CV stand out and not look like every other CV out there.
Huldufólk is the Icelandic name for their native ‘hidden people’ or ‘elves’ there is a second name for them which is: Álfar, but this is considered more derogative. The elves are usually invisible but if they want you to see them then you will, they will treat you with favours if you are kind to them, but they will act maliciously if any harm is done to them.
Huldu: pertaining to secrecy.
“Icelanders are few in number, so in the old times we doubled our population with tales of elves and fairies.” -President, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.
I’m looking into this because I am visiting Iceland at the end of March and I want to take advantage of this different land and culture. I’ve seen some photographers who paint over their work to add/hide things. I want to draw on the photographs, make the work more interactive, perhaps get someone like my young sister (9) to draw on her idea of the elves. Just to be able to show my range and ability in my portfolio.
Their are also four Landvættir (Guardians) of Iceland: a Dragon, a Great Bird, a Huge Bull and a Mountain Giant, they Guard the East, North, West and South (respectively). The description of the Great Bird is one the got me hooked on the idea of the Landvættir, as the magicians spirit (in the guise of a whale looked up the valley he saw the great bird, so large that its wings touched the mountains on either side.
I will do a part two after my visit, I will hopefully have some photographs and have tried drawing by then.
This is the second part of my CV research so I’m going to look at Experience and Emloyment.
Employment is one I have struggled with every time I fix/alter my CV, and I finally read something by Nottingham University that made me finally decide how to do it. Previously it described each part of the job: KP, Kitchen, Waiter, Barman, Housekeeper. It was just too much so I compounded it into a couple of sentences I am much happier with the way this has turned out.
I have also swapped the position of employment and experience to put experience first, this means that the more important things are closer to the top.
Experience was one that really made me realise that I need to do some more placements/work in my field so for now this section is not very good but I hope being in touch with Street Level and Fotospace will eventually pay out. This has also pushed me to really think about what I want to do.
It seems that photographers have some of the most boring CV’s; Designers and Illustrators can have fun but photographers can’t? I don’t like the idea of not being able to show creativity, I am a creative I should be able to show that in my CV, in the last part I will experiment with some different ideas for creating an exciting CV as a photographer.
Having an effective and sleek CV will be one of many things needed to get a job in the industry, showing the employer you are worthy and hard working. For now I’m going to focus on the first section. Looking around at example CV’s and CV guide etc. the majority have the first section (after your name and contact details) as a ‘Personal Profile’ were you describe your strengths in the third person. Reading the guides it said that this can work if it is worded correctly but not everyone can pull it off, I decided against doing this. When I tried; I sounded horrible, I wouldn’t have hired me.
I have dived straight into ‘Education’ and I have altered the way mine were explained, previously I gave each subject its own grade and that takes up a lot of space.
Finally, the additional skills section of education, this is the section where you can put in things you can do that don’t come directly under education nor do they come under employment. I found this part useful for myself and the realisation that my Photoshop skills aren’t that great I will work on them along with the creation of my Final Major Project (FMP).
This is the first in three posts I will create about making my CV, in the next one I will look at ‘Employment’ and a couple of other things.
I have been doing some work with a Design friend of mine. We wanted to work together to expand portfolios, and to work with people outside our profession, designers and photographers have to work closely in studios etc. so why not start now. We decided to do a Vinyl cover as it could showcase both of our skill sets. This has also taken me back to the studio to do a portrait shoot, another thing to add to my portfolio or CV. Deciding upon the band CHURCHES because looking at their current covers and their music inspired some ideas for us. After the shoot we quickly decided to create the I worked closely with him and he treated my work with as much respect as I would myself. This also prepared me to have my photographs handled by someone else which seems unnatural, especially after being the only one to handle my photographs in the past. I hope to work with a designer again or perhaps anyone that can help to expand my knowledge of the professional world before it is upon me. Here is one of the photographs and one of the designs from this work.