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Unusual Ways of Presenting your CV

With new times, always comes new technology. That being said, it is probably no surprise that many job searchers nowadays are presenting their CVs to companies and job openings in some new and unusual way.

resume design example

Image by Derek Swanson

For a very long time, the vast majority of people who were hunting for jobs presented their CVs in the same old way. Typed up on some fresh and fancy paper, similar font, in the standard order, all marked off with bullet points.

And while the rest of the job search process has really changed with the new technological advancements with the introduction of job search sites, CVs have stayed pretty much the same. But, in some industries, being a bit creative with your CV is something that is quite a positive. It can show design skills, thinking outside of the box, and just a touch of personality.

Industries such as computer technology, software design, app design, and even writing are welcoming and looking for those individuals who stand out a bit from the crowd. So it’s natural that many of the people who are applying to roles in those industries are framing their CVs in new and usual ways.

Here are just a few alternative ways to present a CV:

As a slideshow

Slideshow resume example: This is NOT my resume from Jordan McDonnell

Sites like SlideShare have enabled people to make personalised presentations to really focus on specific points on their CVs and add a touch of eye catching design.

Video


Video resume example: David Pedersen’s video resume

Smaller firms are looking at video CVs and introductions, where a candidate can go over their background and career.

Websites

online resume

Simone Fortunini’s online resume at http://www.simonefortunini.it/ – via #CareerGravity

Many people, including a lot of writers, both freelance and otherwise, are looking at web CVs, where potential employers can see a full spectrum of their work in a portfolio style.

While all of these options are great in the right situation, do a bit of background research first on the company you are applying to and determine if an unusual CV is appropriate. Traditional places like investment firms and barrister offices might not be as receptive to a video presentation as the iPad app developers down the street; so be sure to know your audience first.

About the Author: This article has been provided by www.allthetopbananas.com, the UK’s job search engine, providing listings in administrations, catering and customer service vacancies. For a detailed listing of all their available postings, please visit their website.

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