Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The many types of CV

Your CV is to promote yourself, highlighting your skills and suitability for a position in a short space of time. The way we interact and communicate has evolved as has the way we present ourselves to potential employers. 

Here are a few old and new creative ways to vamp your CV.

Standard CV

From the snail mail days to the present we have the trustworthy standard CV.

Over the years this veteran style of promoting yourself has had an overhaul of its own. The different type of standard CVs being broken down in to the following.

We have 4 main types of CVs:
Reverse Chronological CVFunctional CV
Combination / Hybrid CV 
Targeted CV
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The style of CV you choose to adopt will depend on the position you are applying for.

Visual CVs

Video CVs

This style of CV was created back in the 1980’s with the introduction of video CVs.

This visual CV enables prospective employers to not only hear why this person is suited for a position but also see if this person is a fit for the company.

With the introduction of DVDs, blue ray and YouTube videos the conventional VHS has become a thing of the past. Nevertheless this method of attracting attention to yourself enable you be creative and promote yourself to the masses.

Here are a few examples of a visual CV from YouTube.

Google Video CV-2011
Christopher A.Miller’s Video CV 2012

Online Website CV

Ever considered creating a website of your CV?

Not to worry if you don’t have the technical skills to put together a visual CV of your own, there are plenty of companies in existence to do this for you.

This method works well promoting your design portfolio and technical skills as well complimenting your standard CV.

Social Media

Today social media plays a much larger part in the way we promote and present ourselves. There is the emerging interest from employers wanting access to prospective employees Facebook pages and taking into account any information that can be found on your public social media pages.

With security settings you can control who has access to your networking pages however you can also create your own social media CV.


Turn your CV into a FaceBook fan page. This is a simple and effective way to use the ever popular social networking site to aid your job search.

Remember this is going to be online and viewable to the public, for security purposes avoid placing any personal details such as phone numbers, address etc. Potential employers can email you directly.

This article has even more tips and ideas. Alternatively you can create a more creative style Facebook CV using sections and images. Want to give it a go, follow the steps outlined here. Or download free templates to make your pages more attractive.


Twitter is an asset in the world of job hunting. The networking site has TweetMyResume. Create a free account at and your CV will be tweeted. Then there is twicver, this is both in Spanish and English. This enables you to login using your Twitter login and enables you to pick out the best parts of your CV using 10 tweets.

For those of you that want more from Twitter, you can create a Twitter profile of your CV.


Pinterest member numbers are growing at an astonishing rate.

Pinterest is an online virtual notice board heavily reliant on images. Users of this network have used the idea of ‘pins’ to break down their CV and visually highlight their skills and achievements.

The use of Pinterest brings us to the topic of Infographics. Alternatively you could turn your CV into an infographic. This is becoming a popular method of engaging viewers and sharing information.

Perfect for getting you noticed.


There are tools out there to help you create your own infographics such as, also linking to your networking accounts.

Even with all the new and innovative ways to promote yourself none will fully replace the standard CV. All depending on your industry and company of choice not all recruiters / companies will be interested in receiving a video CV or an infographic. The majority of job boards still require you to upload your CV usually in a word or pdf format. Therefore it would beneficial for you to include links to your more creative, alternative CV on your more widely acceptable standard CV.

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