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Posted By: paulajw
Posted On: October 29, 2014

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How to write a Journalist CV, ten top tips:

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  1. Aim for one page CV – no more.
  2. Create a webpage CV, which includes examples of your online and multimedia journalism skills and put the link on your paper CV.  (tumblr et al)
  3. Editors will google you – sort out your facebook, twitter etc  NOW
  4. Start with NCTJ Diploma in Journalism and work back
  5. Link to your blog, twitter, published work
  6. List your skills: InDesign, social media, law, driving licence
  7. Check spelling and grammar and check again
  8.   Write one sentence or more at the top of your CV which sums up who you are and why you are right for the job.  Put key skills, particularly those which make you stand out as different from other candidates, such as video editing, blogger etc at the very top.
  9.   Cut obvious, generic statements such as ‘good communicator’ or ‘team player’ and replace with specific examples which show you actually have these skills.

10     DO:  
• Put your name clearly at the top.
• Include a correct phone number (you will be surprised by the amount of people that get this wrong, or leave it off completely)
• Insert a hyperlinked email address – this makes it as easy as possible for the employer to get in touch.

DO NOT: 
• Other things to avoid that could lead the employer to make a judgement are; Age/Date of Birth, Height/Weight and Address (if you live too far from the client, they may be put off).

Some people like to include a list of personal interests in their CV, but in my opinion you should leave these to your facebook profile. The CEO of a leading Media Business does not have the time to read about how you enjoy cycling, skiing and spending time with friends. If it is not relevant to the role, leave it out.

References

Another unnecessary section that people often add to their CV is a line saying “References available on request”. Of course they are, there is no reason for this sentence. If it wasn’t there, the employer wouldn’t assume that you are unable to get references, so leave it out.

For more tips on journalism jobs see the blog post on Total Jobs , written by our tutor, Sarah Booker-Lewis: