This morning I got an email from a freelancer looking for work. When I looked at the CV he attached, I had to laugh. It was labeled “CV – accurate.” I wondered whether the guy who sent it to us also had a file called “inaccurate CV” floating about on his computer. What does that one contain?

Clearly Creative CVs tip: watch what you name your CV file!

If you’re going to get the name of your CV right, here are some tips.

You need three key elements

  • Your name
  • You job title
  • A date

The date might just be the month and year, not a specific date. And you don’t necessarily need to update your CV each time. However, if you save it with the month you’re applying as part of the file name, then the person who receives it is going to feel that it’s bang up to date.

Remember, the producer may be saving all the CVs they like into a folder. If you just call it ‘CV’ then they won’t be able to identify it easily. It’s all part of the branding process – making sure your name sticks in their minds.

How to avoid creating an inaccurate CV

If you want to create the kind of CV that gets put in the interview pile – rather than the bin – then join my CV writing course.

You’ll learn all about how to structure your CV, and a section-by-section breakdown of how to write them. You’ll also learn covering letter technique that will ensure your CV gets on to the interview pile rather than hitting the recycling bin.

An inaccurate CV is going to get you in trouble!

Interested in Coaching?

If you’re interested in one-to-one coaching to give your CV personal attention, then get in touch, you just need to book an initial call. We’ll have a chat about the particular challenges you’re facing and I’ll give you some ideas of how you can solve them.


Gavin Ricketts is a Producer/Director with over twenty year's experience. His courses on finding work in the creative industries has helped hundreds of Film and TV Crew win more work.

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