The ideal candidate
Recruitment agency, Represent asked us to describe the ideal candidate for a position at our studio.
Describe the Ideal Candidate in three words
How important is your CV, compared to your portfolio?
A good CV may help you get attention in the first instance, especially if you have worked at, or had placements with good agencies. But the typographic attention to detail in the CV can often let people down, and a lot of candidates now feel the need to ‘jazz’ up the CV and over-design it.
But as we all know good design can be as much about what you decide to leave out as well as put in. Personally I prefer a very clear, concise CV, and the same goes for the portfolio. I think the work should be what stands out.
But to be honest, the portfolio PDFs that we are sent are generally where I look first (assuming I’ve been sent both), then if the work excites me I’ll look at the CV to check their experience; as long as it’s not in Word!
We’re actually recruiting for a middle weight and senior designer at the moment and, ironically, even though there is probably a greater wealth of info on the CV at that stage in one’s career, it’s still the portfolio I’m more interested in
Read the full interview on Represent