Never, ever just send your CV and hope for the best. If you want that dream job there is a few things you can do to get your chances significantly up. Today we are going to talk about one of them – designing your CV.
As you might imagine, as soon as human resources manager (Let’s call her Sarah) publishes that there is an open spot she starts receiving hundreds of applications containing CVs and cover letters. Although Sarah is a professional human resources manager she is still only human. Somewhere around letter number 32 she is going to stop reading everything. She will start skimming over text giving you just a few seconds to impress her. Occasionally she will be laughing and occasionally she will move a CV to the “selected folder”.
And that’s where you need to be. The selected folder.
Designing your CV helps a lot. That’s the way to differentiate you from all the other candidates. You will show additional effort, you will show you character and stand out. It doesn’t matter if you are an economist or a lawyer, you still should have a visually effective CV.
If you need ideas I advise you to spend some time googling “Resume designs”, “CV design” etc. Also check out this color emotion guide from thelogocompany.net, it might help you pick a dominant color for your CV.
Now you can make a personal identity, brand yourself.
Here is what I did. I created my CV using that color guide. I wanted it to look Friendly and Confident so I used orange (warm color) and black/gray icons as contrast to make my skills stand out. It’s simple, yet it shows additional effort. I must have done it well because it landed me my dream job.
Just to emphasize the importance of making a visually different CV, take a look how my CV looks when it's designed (on the left ) and as a block of text (on the right). Although it’s the same CV, the one on the right is visually ineffective and looks bland. It will probably get skimmed over and never checked again.
If you want to go one step further you could design your CV for every job application, changing the colors when needed. For example, if I applied for a job in United Nations I would use the UN blue as a dominant color.
So start designing your CV, add some color and I guarantee you will get that job.
If you have any questions or comments feel free to post in the comments section.