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The changing face of a CV

By on June 11, 2008

I’ve just finished updating my CV.

It’s a strange feeling. Lots of things that were really important at the time (GCSE results, coxing the women’s VIII at university) are no longer particularly relevant. The skill now seems to be choosing what I should cut out, not what I should put in.

And more than ever, it seems that my CV needs to be tailored to each particular purpose.

So my current CV is tailored to non-executive and consultancy roles in the new media and games industries, which means downplaying all of my skills in the banking world. They’re still important, but since the City is full of impenetrable jargon only comprehensible to those who work there, the difference between between “global co-ordinator” of an IPO and “lead manager” is no longer important.

So I took a blue pencil to my CV and have managed to reduce to two pages.

And hopefully I won’t have to spend a lot of time looking in the mirror and deciding how I want to present myself for a while.

About Nicholas Lovell

Nicholas is the founder of Gamesbrief, a blog dedicated to the business of games. It aims to be informative, authoritative and above all helpful to developers grappling with business strategy. He is the author of a growing list of books about making money in the games industry and other digital media, including How to Publish a Game and Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games, and Penguin-published title The Curve: