From Vintage to Viral – the CV for today

From Vintage to Viral – the CV for today

You may not think of yourself as “vintage,” but your CV can give off that vintage vibe.

So here are some tips to create ‘the CV for today’ which extends beyond the borders of a single paper document into the online world of social media.

Look and feel

The majority of CV’s are read online so use Sans serif fonts, such as Calibri or Verdana, which are more easily read on a screen.

Ditch your physical address

Instead under your name, list your mobile, e-mail and LinkedIn address.  Avoid labelling them “mobile”, “e-mail.”, “LinkedIn”.

Personalisation

Create a master CV and personalize it for each job opportunity.

Why you’re the best

Create a crisp snapshot with a five to seven word headline and follow up with a three line profile showcasing your value to the employer.

Avoid Clichés

The following clichés are unimaginative, over-used and meaningless – ‘motivated, proven track record, results-oriented, and team player’.

Measured results

Highlight the most relevant responsibilities and accomplishments of your career supported by measured results for each accomplishment.

Answer your employer’s questions.

  • Demonstrates how you will be successful in the company?
  • How will you increase revenue, decrease costs and improve productivity?
  • Do you get along with others?

These seven steps will transform your CV and put you in the ‘what’s hot’ instead of the ‘what’s not’ category.