4 Innovative CV/Resume Options to Set Yourself Apart in a Job Search
First Things First: Who Should Use Alternative CVs?Before I get to the creative CV options that are out there, I want to preface this post with a few warnings:
Warning 1: Alternative CVs are not right for everyone.
This is a revolution and sometimes it takes time before it gets universal traction and market acceptance. Before investing your time in creating a non-traditional CV, consider the company and industry you are targeting. Are you applying for a marketing role at an innovative startup or an accounting position at a large financial services firm? While the former would likely appreciate a very creative strategy the latter probably wouldn’t. Carefully consider the culture of the company you’re targeting and decide whether they are ready for such a cutting-edge approach. If in doubt, use one of these as your “cover” CV and then still spell out your accomplishments in a more traditional attachment.
Warning 2: If you’re not going extreme, keep it simple.
If you decide to stick with the traditional paper/pdf CV, make sure you keep it simple. I lean away from fancy formatting on traditional CVs. Unless you are applying for a highly creative graphic design-type role, steer clear of over-designing your CV with complicated layouts, colors, graphics, etc. The most important thing is the content, and especially your accomplishment statements. If you want to present your CV in a creative way, use one of the options below where formatting is done for you, but make sure that your accomplishments are included, as some of these new formats have left this out: