Feb 02 2016 - By Kaitlin Dunning
All CV's and resumes are not created equal. Unfortunately, there is no true template or formula. Just as is true with a cover letter, your CV should reflect not only your unique experience and skill set, but also how that experience and those skills pertain to the specific job you are applying for.
- Tone of voice: Do your research. Study the company's website; look at their tone of voice, as well as the look and feel of the site. Do they seem very corporate? Perhaps they are a creative agency? The look and feel of your CV should reflect this same style.
- Length: One size does not fit all. For some roles, short and sweet is the key. For others, it is important to list all previous experience in great detail. Look at what the job description is actually asking for, and answer it in the most concise way.
- Design: Even when applying to the most old-fashioned companies, you can still have a bit of leeway on this. As long as your CV is structured in an organised and chronological fashion, it should be fine.
- Imagery/Photos: There is no reason to add a photograph of yourself to your CV unless the application specifically asks for it, or you work in entertainment where a head shot would be expected as part of an audition. If you are applying for a creative role and you have examples of your work, it would be fine to include a collage of them as a bright banner at the top of your CV.
- Links: It is always a good idea to include links to your online profiles. This is especially true for profiles on LinkedIn, GitHub, Stack Overflow, and any personal websites or blogs. These profiles can help prove the statements you make in your CV to a hiring manager.
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