If you want to land your dream job, you’ve got to stand out from the competition.
If it were a perfect world, recruiters would have the time to really get to know a candidate before hiring them; not only their skills and experience, but their personality, disposition and how they’d fit in with the team. But what we know is that recruiters take an average of 6 seconds to review each CV. Ok, don’t panic, 6 seconds is no time at all, but with an original CV, you’ll stand out from the others.
Creative CV’s allow you to present your talents visually, giving the recruiter an impression of your personality, who you are and what you’re about. With CV templates and your imagination, your creative resume is already halfway done. Of course, CVs need to be appropriate for the sector to which you are applying, but that doesn’t mean you’ve got to stick to white paper and black text.
3 creative CVs that make us smile
Tell your story. Today, there are no rules when it comes to creating your CV. Take Ashley Spencer for example, the Digital Designer and Developer who turned his CV into a mini book. Complete with his background, work experience and an infographic to present his skills and work process in a way that highlights his talent.
A (graphic) novel idea! Chuck D. Lay is an American Art Director, Illustrator and Designer. His visual CV is not only exceptionally informative; stating previous work experience, education, qualifications and fun facts, but it also illuminates his personality and his fondness for the nostalgic.
The infographic CV. Infographic CVs are a great way to grab the recruiter’s attention: they’re highly visual and incorporate important skills, work experience, etc. in a manner that’s easy to spot. Jordan Carroll, a Visual Effects Artist uses his infographic CV to include a diverse mix of elements: a map, timeline and charts to present his skills and talents.
Getting creative with CV templates
You don’t need to be a Photoshop wizard or Illustrator guru to create an amazing CV! These online CV templates give you the tools you need to wow any recruiter.
Canva was created in 2012 when a teacher, Melanie Perkins found that her university students struggled to learn the basics of graphic design programs. With Canva, everyone, not only designers and artists, can create beautiful CVs. It’s simple drag and drop feature produces a stunning result. Not only can you make your CV with Canva, the platform allows users to construct a variety of designs, including business cards, ads, as well as infographics. Canva offers both free and paid templates.
Kickresume is free, easy to use and you’ll produce your CV in less than 10 minutes. Sounds like a pretty swell deal! The platform lets you choose from 8 templates, which can be changed at a later stage if you’re not completely happy with the final product. Kickresume produces CVs that are less visual; their templates follow a more standard and professional structure. If you’re applying to a non-design job, we recommend using Kickresume.
ResumUp offers both visual CVs and standard professional CVs. They even offer a CV that’s designed and formatted to pass through automatic CV selection! ResumUp’s program allows the job seeker to generate a CV based on their own professional goals and previous experience. The platform offers their Basic Text CV at no fee, but charges a monthly fee for unlimited access to all templates.
Your CV is you on paper; who you are, what you’ve achieved and what you aspire to do. A great CV takes time to plan and develop, but it’s worth it, because remember, you’ve only got 6 seconds.