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Keep it to one page of type, maybe one of pictures. Most scenery builders and scenic artists haven't got much spare time. Page one may be read, page three will not be.

Make it look nice. Not only will a clearly laid out document be easy to read but it shows that you have a good eye.

Use your experience. Make the most of high profile designers, venues and productions that you have been involved with. List all paid work experience first, then professional unpaid experience, then college work if you have room.

Include one really good photo of your work to grab their attention. Use it as a banner maybe or print the CV out as a A5 postcard with the picture on the back. This would be a nice thing to hand out at interviews.

Include irrelevant stuff. I have been informed about job hunters' star signs and children's names before now.

List every last qualification. The education section should come near the end and contain your degree and post graduate qualifications if you have them. A Detailed listing of A levels and GCSEs is less useful.

Use text language, or leave spelling mistakes uncorrected.

Don't send the same CV to every potential employer, regardless of who they are and what they do. Make each pitch for work counts.