According to your chosen profession or the job you are going for, making your CV exciting and different could provide a competitive advantage over the other candidates. There is no doubt that the content is the most important information to convey but the way you do that will also give an impression about your skills and abilities, and will be taken into consideration by the departments that receive it.
In this post, we will show you three new presentation methods so you can then think about which one best suits your professional aspirations.
If you are active on the social media, you will have noticed that infographics are in vogue. These visual representations of ideas (associated with text and graphics) are very attractive and can provide the attention you seek when sending out your CV. There are many websites nowadays that offer tools for designing infographics without the need for expert design knowledge (p.e. Canva, Easel.ly or Infogr.am).
As you must have heard many times already, a picture speaks a thousand words; in other words, it is not the same to read a series of skills and aptitudes in a person than it is to see how they perform when communicating them. A video CV is one way to personalise yourself, put a face to your name, give yourself a voice, a presence, etc. It is true, however, that this method requires effort and preparation to convey a good image. There is no point creating a video CV that adds no value. Rather, you should feel confident and competent when making one. We recommend you make several versions and ask your contacts to provide feedback on how to improve it. The following principles should be taken into consideration: make it brief (no more than 2-3 minutes); precision (do not repeat yourself); and suitability (consider the characteristics of the position and the company).
Social Media CV
Social media are tools that, when used properly, can help us reach more people and do it better. This does not only mean having an up-to-date CV on LinkedIn but also making use of online platforms where CVs can be created as a website or even buying your own domain name with your name and surname in order to present all your relevant academic and professional experience. Furthermore, Twitter or Pinterest can also be used to publish this information. For example, you could create a noticeboard called: My CV.
As you can see, there are many alternatives to choose from. Find the option that best suits you and show the world what you can do.
Related article: “10 reasons to use Twitter when looking for a job”
Ana Gómez Regidor
Development Department ACCIONA