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5 Tips For Writing Amazing Architecture CV
16 Feb 2021
Architecture is one of the most competitive fields of work and study. Combining the arts and science, architects produce some of the most wondrous inventions humans have ever created.
Getting a foot in the door of a top firm requires a stellar CV that’s packed with quality placements and projects. Ensuring you get your CV right can be as fiddly as designing a building. That’s why it sometimes pays to have a CV essay writer check over your work and offer some guidance.
In addition to a writer, a design consultant could also be useful.
1) Get the summary statement sorted
A summary statement is a short paragraph that gives the person reviewing your CV the gist of who you are; think of how to convey this information, so it is attention-grabbing and focus-holding.
The section will cover your strengths and achievements, but do not use the word ‘I’ in it. For instance:
“Architect with three years’ experience, specializing in modular design and ecology. Won commendations in the 2099 New York Arts Fair. Proficient in Maya, Blender, and AutoCAD.”
That short burst of information will enter the mind of the CV-reviewer, and they’ll instantly compare you with the dozens (or hundreds) of other applicants. It is, unfortunately, one of the first make or break hurdles. If you’re simply not that impressive, you might find that writing a CV was not that effective and it will rapidly make its way to the recycling bin.
To avoid this fate and stand out, do some research into each company you are applying to and tailor your summary statement accordingly for each application. For example, when I write my essay supporting my applications, I always do a few days of research beforehand. This ensures that I know the company inside out.
2) Use your experiences
If you’re a fresh graduate, you will, of course, have to talk about your education. If you graduated some time ago, do not use this information unless it is especially impressive. Maintain a sense of relevancy on your architecture CV, don’t keep dining out on that 2:1.
Also, record your education credentials in reverse chronological order, from latest to longest ago, so that the reader will get the highest level ones first. Do not include GCSEs or A-Levels if you’re older; that should go without saying. Unless you’re a potential apprentice reading this, in which case you likely only have these qualifications to go on.
3) Choose the most suitable format
The number one concern for those applying for jobs is how to write a cv in a way that is eye-grabbing and attention-holding. A lot of this is down to structure, i.e., the placement of each section. There are three main ways to order your CV—chronological, functional, and hybrid for the unaware.
A chronological structure is best suited if your career has progressed in a highly linear way. That is university study, placement, more university study, job, higher-level job, etc.
A functional CV is one that focuses on your specific skills and abilities. It shows the ‘functions’ that you have and can deploy in your new job. These CVs are suited to applicants with a limited scope of work experience, for instance, because they have had lots of similar positions. Many similar jobs in a CV work history can read repetitively; a functional CV allows the writer to condense these jobs into a skill ‘bracket’ and talk more about the skill set itself.
A hybrid CV is a combination of the two; it shows that the applicant has a robust set of skills while also charting their career progress.
4) Design it like you’re an architect
Not all industries have such a strong link to design; therefore, many architects take the opportunity to use the design CV as evidence for their creative talents and suitability to the role. Simple and clean design is vital in composing a CV; it shouldn’t use gimmicks to get attention.
It’s important to note that while employers will read CVs only on a computer, some may print out copies in some cases. Ensure that your design works both ways. There is nothing worse than having sections cut off due to insufficient margin allocation. A good rule of thumb is 1.5-2cm of margin on the sides, 1.5cm at the bottom of the page, and 2cm at the top of the page.
5) Make sure they can contact you
If you include a header, make sure you include all the relevant contact information such as email, phone number, and any VoIP handles you may use. Times have changed, and it is no longer imperative to include a home address, although you could put the town or city. A job title is optional, i.e., architect, architectural technologist, and you could beef it up by adding a sub-heading ‘specialty’ such as social, ecological, or modular.
Finally, include a link to your portfolio or website, take advantage of today’s CVs’ virtuality, make sure that the connection is a hyperlink, so it is effortless for the reader to access your site.
For more CV tips and advice on finding work in the industry, you can find bountiful information on university applications, writing in the architectural field, and much more.
James Baxter is professional writer and blogger, who loves sharing his experience and knowledge with readers. He is especially interested in marketing, blogging and IT. James is always happy to visit different places and meet new people there.
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