As usual, the insipration to write comes from another blog. Today this was Andy Headworth’s blog about some clever-ish attempts to personalise a CV http://blog.sironaconsulting.com/sironasays/2011/02/would-you-have-the-nerve-to-present-this-type-of-cv-to-an-employer.html#comment-6a00d8341c761a53ef0147e29bf24f970b
To borrow a couple of Andy’s examples, here are 2 such specimens:
First we need to ask, what are we trying to achieve when sending a CV for a job? – Prominence? Yes. Expertise? Yes. And such creativity achieves that. But will everyone agree? Will it demonstrate the essential information to attract a recruiter or hiring manager? Is the evidence of your suitability accessible to them?
The point therefore being – a creative CV divides opinion. It may look a piece of art in your eyes, but in front of the wrong HR person, the response might be “Yuk”.
The second question therefore is, is your search for employment a risk taking exercise? If it is, then you are a brave person. Can you risk losing half of your potential employer audience by creating a leftfield CV? Can you risk missing out on THE employer you aspired to, in THE role that were aiming for, just because an HR person; who has no impact on your future career thereafter; thought your CV was a tad garish.
It’s a dangerous game. A Graphic Designer sending a design orientated CV to a Creative Director – good idea. A Marketing Manager sending it to a corporate via a job board or recruitment agency? Not such a good idea.
So to the person thinking they need to display the creative side of their personality – think carefully. Think about who you are applying to, and is it relevant to be creative? Is that what they are really expecting and/or is it actually going to enhance your application? To me, if you are even having that conundrum, I would say job applications are not a risk taking exercise, and would encourage content and proof over visual artistry, or otherwise.
So which of the 2 displayed CVs wins for me. Well I can’t speak on behalf of everyone – and that’s my point – but the second CV is clear, artistic, and is focussed on clear content and experience credentials. The 1st is cluttered, unfocussed, distracting and downright messy – incorporating information that is just not necessary, and not directly applicable.
But that’s just me. And again… that’s my point.