CV is dead, long live the CV!
Many articles online are forecasting the extinction of the written classic résumé. With the emergence of LinkedIn and other professional social media where exposing your experience is being really easy, we can think that CV is going to die sooner than we thought. But for now, the famous Curriculum Vitae is well alive and doing well, and let me show you that taking care of it is the most important thing you should think about when you consider having a new job!
In fact, CVs remain the best way to show and communicate your experiences, assets, and skills, compared to other platforms and medias we know today.
Résumés are personal, they are testimonies of our story and experiences.
Then you might say that videos and LinkedIn profiles are as much personal as a classic CV and are as even better as they have no “length limit”, they are online, accessible… But CVs are still the main resource used by recruiters to find new possible candidates and select applications. Therefore, résumés are important in recruitment processes and should not be neglected.
Why are they still important?
Even with the rise of new technologies and Internet, simplifying the access to hundreds of thousands of information, recruiters will look up for a CV. No matter on what platform you are, where you applied or if the recruiter directly got in touch with you, he or she will want a CV. Either to communicate with his/her manager or client, the CV is the best way to send an application and group all the information necessary for a job.
Résumés versus Internet
You can think that making a profile on LinkedIn or a video (as we see everyday on our LinkedIn/Facebook feed) to introduce yourself is easier than making a proper résumé, and in fact, you are right to think that way first. Nowadays, dozens of tools exist to help you make high-end videos with no required knowledge in editing. Making a LinkedIn profile is easy as well and looks like a CV so, why bothering yourself writing it?
Two main points:
How to make a good CV
There is no perfect recipe for résumés, but we all agree on several points that are really important. Sadly, as first impressions matter, these points cover how the future recruiter will perceive your application. But beware, the points below are our own opinion, we believe that most recruiters will agree on that but everyone’s opinion is valuable, so feel free to reach out with your own preferences:
Great tools for great CVs
Many free (and premium) tools exist to make your “perfect” résumé. No need to be an editing professional or graphic designer in order to send the best CV. For instance, you can use:
Few original CVs that are, of course, breaking the rules above…
Rules are meant to be broken, that is a fact. Therefore, here are some wonderful examples of original résumés that are really impressive, showing dedication and efforts in their realisation.
People can be really creative, so feel free to browse the Internet if you lack of inspiration, you will find thousands of examples and even templates you can reuse and customise as you wish! But remember, this is about you, not someone else, so make the templates you find online yours!
Design attracts the recruiter’s eye, but content attracts the recruiter’s heart!
Article by Pierre Buteau