Wednesday, 4 January 2012

See-me CV's

I've been working on my CV, or résumé, today. 

It's jolly hard work when you hit your thirties - all of a sudden you're aware how quickly time passes - and it's very nearly impossible to get everything conveyed on only two pages, particularly if, like me, your career has been organic and led you down many interesting roads. 

I wonder what it would be like to have a vertical career path - graduate, assistant, manager, director - all within one industry, or a couple of related industries? 

I used to stress that I changed my environment too often (my experience ranges from working with High Net Worth Individuals to being part of one of the largest multinational technology and consulting firms in existence - a firm so complicated I had to check with Wikipedia how to describe them!). 

Now though I've reached a point in my career and my life where I am happy to accept that I am someone who needs to be exposed to new and different environments and projects. It has led to a unique set of attributes that has offered up some rewarding experiences, for sure, and I know now that the reason I didn't follow a linear path is that it would make me desperately unhappy, which isn't a good result for work, or for me.

So after a long afternoon, and some help, I've cut my  résumé down  by stripping bits out, widening my bullet points, and changing my line spacing. I still have a way to go, but I thought I was doing such a great job. 

Until I found these. I am in awe of them.

Hagan Blount's CV went viral, with over 100 000 people seeing it within a month. Numerous interviews and an offer followed.
Graphics graduate Melissa Washin's wanted to highlight her love of sewing craft so pulled this out during an interview:

Brian Moose went 'all out' - you don't say!

Even if you're not out-the-box creative, these people took familiar concepts and made them 'work' for them- 
Sabrina Saccoccio's CV based on a Facebook page:


and an employee of Google offered to set up an interview for Eric Gandhi after seeing his tailored resume:

I feel like a bit of a loser for taking so long worrying 
about what my font says about me! 

Anyone have any idea how to mix PR/ communication & project management, entrepreneurship, interior design, blogging, and a love for cupcakes & cocktail rings into a résumé



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