Creative Cv’s… for something a little different

I thought that I would do a post on CV’s, Curriculum Vitaes, Resumes or what ever you call them where you are from.  We usually use CV’s to hand in to potential employers and it has all of our basic information on it… Name and personal details, Education, Work History and our skills and attributes that an employer might find attractive in a new employee.  Most people have a two page CV that usually looks a little something like this….
cv example

Image: Sayeds (2011) CV Example. Online. Retrieved: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/69536287/Blank-Cv-template

Sometimes people change the font colours or add a border, but generally CV’s look like this. However there are people out there who need something a bit more creative, something a little less sterile and more “Jazzy”. Over the past 3 years I have changed my CV three times, each time making it better and more refined.
So I would like to share with yous the CV’s I have made and tips on what does and does not make a good Creative CV.

So here are the 3 of my Creative Cv’s that I have had in the past few years:

CV example 2

I think that my Cv has developed now into a professional yet creative alternative to typical versions.
You can see they all have similarities in style but I have changed some of the information and colours I have used.

Similarities:

I like the length/width I have generally used… The first two are half of an A3 piece of paper lengthways and the third the length of an A3 but a little bit wider than the other two.

The top section of the cv has a similar header style in blue with a silhouette of my hair for a bit of a personal touch.

On each Cv I have included a timeline of my education and work experience.
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Differences:

Colour scheme has gone from quite girly to more professional.

I only used “My interests” on the first cv

The Second Cv was more specific for a Textile related job whereas the other two are more general.

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Tips and Advice for your own CV:

If you are a little nervous about changing from traditional versions of Cv’s try adding a little bit of creativity at a time… Maybe add some sort of shapes or headers in a restricted colour palette or try some different fonts.

Colours:
Try using colours that are fresh, not too dark, and not too girly (this is for men and women) I learnt this the hard way.. The first CV you can see has pink red and purple on it and generally has a girly feel to it. But even if you are the girliest of the girls I wouldn’t advise using these colours, when applying for jobs you want to appear sensible and professional; but the girlish colours may make you seem naive and childish.
If you are not the best at picking colours try this website Design-Seeds:
http://design-seeds.com/
They put some nice palettes together and you can search by theme  of pick a specific colour and they will show you all the palettes that contain that colour, which is really handy!

 

Types/Fonts:
Stick to two max!! I like to use a fancy one for headers or titles and then a clearer one for the body of text.
Make sure that your fonts are always readable as if you are using a font that takes you a while to get use to reading then an employer is not going to be impressed.
The font I used on my newest CV where “The Only Exception”:
http://www.dafont.com/the-only-exception.font
hello there
and Orator Std:
hey
Which I think work quite nice together.
Using any more than two I think will make you CV look quite messy, so I stress again; only two!

Graphics/ Timelines/Diagrams:
Use in moderation, I have only used one or two on mine, I like to use a time line and have also used small diagrams to try and translate the different skills I have :

key skills skills

So use in moderation and only use them to help enhance your CV, using them to show off your skills/knowledge is the right way to use them, but don’t use them on your personality or traits, as no employer really wants to know if your 50% a team player, 30% enthusiastic and 20% punctual

I hope some of these tips might be able to help you in building a more exciting CV, Any questions? Just leave a comment below and i will get back to you!

 

 

 
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