Visualise your CV
A CV is a vital tool in your career plan and any job search .It is a good idea to have a Current CV at all times, even if you are not looking for a new position.
Whenever you achieve something memorable at work- meet or exceed a sales target, achieve savings, spot an opportunity for the business and develop it- log it on your CV.
This makes updating it a lot easier when you do decide you want to look around to see what else is out there.
A new website takes an unusual approach to creating a CV in video format. Some of the examples on the site have the look and feel of the Google Analytics dashboard
- depicting experience visually in blocks of colour as a bar chart or timeline;
- Information embedded in bar charts, timelines and pie charts ,
- Circles representing skills, coded with a score reflecting the candidate’s level of expertise.
- Interest shown as colour blocks;
- My stats. Showing number of years worked, number of linkedIn connections, sales achieved, languages spoken.
Certainly eye catching .But …………
Would a busy recruiter take the time to look at this format? Will they even see it? Many recruitment sites specify the formats in which they are able to receive CV’s. They probably won’t even get it into their system.
And don’t forget the Applicant tracking System or ATS, referred to on other posts on this site.
What if you love it and want to use it?
My suggestion would be to send it in addition to your traditional CV. Mention it both in the CV itself and in your covering letter. That makes your cover letter stand out right away on its own!
Mention it, add a link to it, and maybe attach a printed copy to your traditional CV or letter.