How to write a model CV with career tips (plus example)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated 22 July 2022

Published 30 November 2021

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A career as a model is an exciting and varied role, but it's also an incredibly competitive one. Because of this, your CV and portfolio are professionally worded and creative enough to prove to hiring managers that you have the skills and experience to succeed in a modelling career. Your CV highlights your past experience, your modelling skills and your education in a vibrant way. In this article, we discuss how to write a successful model CV, including the different formats you can use, the information to include and an example.

How to write a model CV and modelling careers

A modelling career is an exciting and fast-paced career, so your model CV reflects your interest in this type of lifestyle, so make your CV vibrant and professional. Hiring managers are looking for models who have proven experience in the field and possess a creative approach. Unlike more traditional CVs, the model CV can be digital or written and the visuals of the CV are just as important as the words.

Because modelling careers can be so competitive, hiring managers are likely to look at your CV carefully to decide whether you have the necessary skills and experience for the role. To succeed in your job hunt to become a model, consider the right format, include the most important information, and create a portfolio that highlights your creative flair and your experience. No matter your career goals within the modelling industry, here are some steps that you can take to write a successful CV:

1. Choose the right CV format

The role of a model is to successfully promote and advertise a company's products with their own appearance. The purpose of a modelling CV is to highlight your skills in this area and the way your CV looks can prove to hiring managers that you have the ability to promote yourself with the appearance of your CV. Choose how you want to structure your CV. The most popular choice is to structure it in reverse chronological order, which is where you put your most recent experience first and your older experience last.

Choose a CV design or template that is unique and stylish as a way to highlight your flair to the employer. Although most jobs don't require a photo on your CV, include one in a model CV. A quality headshot is an important addition as hiring managers take your physical appearance into account.

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2. Write a professional summary

Once you choose the right format for your modelling CV, the first thing to write is a professional summary. This is a summary that briefly describes who you are, what experience and skills you have and what your personal goals are. This space is a great place to highlight your unique modelling skills or physical attributes that add to your professional ability to model.

Use this space to briefly mention the most important modelling you have done in your career and any well-known brands you have worked for. You can also use this space to highlight your professional goals, as this shows to employers that you're truly interested in the role you're applying for.

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3. Write and describe your work experience

The most important information to include on any CV is relevant work experience and model CVs are no different. Hiring managers want to see that you have a proven record of being able to deliver professional shoots. Fill out the dates, the company and information about your previous employment. Follow up with bullet points that detail the modelling you did and how your skills led to a successful shoot.

If you've not yet got work experience in the modelling industry, use this space as an opportunity to mention experience that, while not directly related, still highlights your skills. For example, if you have experience in a creative role, describe how this improved your creative thinking skills.

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4. Get example photos taken

To apply for modelling roles, all hiring managers ask for headshots and body photographs to get a good idea of your physical appearance. This is to ensure that your appearance matches what they or their client is looking for. If you're just beginning your career, snapshots are acceptable. If you have more experience, consider getting professional photos taken. If you do decide to have professional photos taken, make sure you choose a trusted professional. Think about your safety and consider taking a friend along with you for a shoot if you're meeting someone that you don't know.

5. Create a portfolio

Unlike some careers, modelling CVs usually require that you have a professional portfolio. This is a book or a website that showcases your previous modelling work, filled with a number of photos, statistics and reviews about your skills. To make your portfolio, consider whether you want to display it in a printed book or as a web page. While a printed book may be an easy option, a website gives you a greater scope to be creative.

Once you decide the best format, showcase your best photos, which can include test photos or examples of your professional work. Make sure that you take the time to display these photos in a professional and eye-catching manner and credit any photographers. Ensure that your contact details are on the site so that hiring managers can get in contact with you.

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6. Include your education

Although education is not a requirement for modelling, it's a great way to highlight your experience and understanding of creativity and design. Some relevant degrees that you may want to pursue or include on your model resume are fashion design, fashion marketing or fashion merchandising. If you don't have a degree, mention the A levels or equivalent grades you have. Many companies, regardless of industry, require an employee to hold at least five passes at GCSE, so your educational information is important.

7. Highlight your skills

To highlight that you have the necessary qualities for a modelling role, you may want to consider adding a combination of hard and soft skills that prove that you have what it takes to complete modelling jobs effectively. To do this, start by writing down a list of common skills that modelling job adverts mention and work out how your own skills align with these. Add five to ten to your model CV and, if you have the space, detailed proof of these skills.

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What jobs can I apply for with a model CV?

Here are some of the different roles that might require this sort of CV:

  • fashion modelling

  • hand modelling

  • shoe modelling

  • jewellery modelling

  • runway modelling

  • digital modelling

  • print modelling

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Example CV for a model

If you're writing your own model CV, here is an example to give you inspiration:

Jenny Haworth Salford

Professional summary

Hardworking and intuitive with over three years of experience in the fashion modelling industry. Slim model with brown hair and dark green eyes. Weighing 70kg with a 28cm waist, 172cm in height. Experienced in photo shoots and video advertising for clients including ASOS and Missguided. Seeking to become the face of a modelling agency.

Work experience

Model for ASOS

Worked for 2 weeks with ASOS, working on their fitness line. Wore hundreds of different outfits and took part in many different shoots. My work is now featured on their website and their feedback on my shoots was 100% positive.

Model for Missguided

Worked as a contracted model for Missguided, specifically focusing on their lingerie line. I now have 10 photos that feature on their website and had a 100% success rate with each outfit.

Education

2:1 degree in Fashion Marketing from University of Arts London

ABB at A Level in English, Media and Art.

Skills

  • Physical fitness: I have maintained a fit and healthy body perfect for modelling. I attend the gym three times a week and have maintained a consistent weight throughout my career.

  • Communication skills: Having worked closely with clients I have been able to communicate with them effectively to deliver their vision efficiently and effectively.

  • Photoshoot knowledge: I am able to anticipate the needs of the photographers due to my deep understanding of how photoshoots work.


Please note that none of the companies, institutions or organisations mentioned in this article are affiliated with Indeed.

The model shown is for illustration purposes only and may require additional formatting to meet accepted standards.

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