Creative CV Competition

Each year the University of Plymouth's Careers & Employability Service, supported by Santander, host the Creative CV Competition, which provides students with the opportunity to showcase their skills through designing a unique, imaginative CV that is tailored towards their chosen industry. Whether you are a budding graphic designer, film-maker, designer-maker, fine artist, illustrator, wordsmith or any other creative professional, this competition is perfect for you.

Being able to showcase your innovative skills through your CV is essential for any creative professional whether you are looking for a job within the creative industries or you are planning to work freelance after graduation.

If you need help or advice with creative CVs, please visit our Career Navigator, download our Creative CV Guide above or pop into the Careers & Employability Hub. 

Iona DeSouza | BA (Hons) Illustration

1st Place

Judges comments:

'A very eye catching and clearly creative CV with a suprising amount of information given its size. It is beautifully designed and illustrated with great attention to detail and the fold-out design offers another dimension to the CV. Fantastic work!'

Yuan Zhu | BA (Hons) Media Arts 

2nd Place

Judges comments:

'A great creative video CV with both clear and relevant information making it effective. It provided a good level of work experience evidence tailored to a chosen industry. The message is quick and succinct, leaving a positive first impression. Well done!' 

Nikola Wolkova

'People's Choice' Award Winner 2018

'It was a fantastic experience to take part in the Creative CV Competition. It challenged me to get the most out of my CV both functionally and aesthetically. The Careers & Employability team provided very useful feedback on my entry, which helped to improve it further. It was great to see the CVs displayed at the Arts & Humanities Networking Evening where I was able to speak with other competition entrants and potential employers' 

How will my creative CV be judged?

Your creative CV will be judged by a panel of industry experts and academics on the following criteria:

Creativity – Have you showcased your creative skills through design? Is your CV innovative and does it stand out from the crowd?

Presentation – Will it be easy for a busy employer to quickly read your CV? Are there any spelling or grammatical errors? Is the medium appropriate for your chosen industry?

Content – Have you evidenced your skills, experience and attributes relevant to your chosen industry? Is it easy for the employer to find your contact details? Is it interesting to read?