I was talking to a recruiter last month and showed him a 1 page CV I did. He told me that it was too colourful and I’ve heard that a couple times Right now I am sending 2 different ones, the one page CV called metro inspired by Windows 8 preview from awhile back and a cleaner version that goes into more depth. He told me to go into more depth with a 2 pager and the above is the result.
I didn’t want it to be a wall of text, that was never going to work out for me. So what I did I put icon images that I had as vector graphics in the CV. I felt I needed to do it give a voice and the icons help me do that. I used the blue because it gives a calm feeling for it. I decided to have some sort of imagery to break up all the text. I needed to punctuate it to have personality and make if feel like a person behind it rather than it being something just to scan.
So creating a cover letter is not always easy. While a CV will get you to the door the cover letter is what will open it for the next step which is the interview. It is all about what you are saying in those few paragraphs that will be the difference between the trash can and a phone call or email. Since I was creating a new CV I thought about making the CV and cover match. I love National Geographic daily wallpapers and I used those for the images in the boxes along with my own images. I download them ever few days cause the pictures are amazing.
*I just wrote this up quickly and so it will not be perfect, it isn’t an article or anything just my own thoughts on my CV if only so I can remember what I did if I ever come back to it.
I have spent the last day or two working on Illustrator trying to take my resume and make it into an infographic. I am not sure how much good it will do but I thought it would be a good way to learn how hard it is to actually create something along those lines. So this is the result of my efforts so far. I sometimes feel as though I can’t seem to find the way forward through the maze. Like luck has all but bypassed me although but then I think of what I have learned and I how much I continue to learn about who I am and then I feel as if it has been worth the struggle even in the very dark days and there have been many of those. (more…)
So this is it, stick a fork in this sucker because it is done. I have two versions of this cv, one with the TFC stuff and one without. The main difference being that the one without has more white space. Favourite part of it is the silhouettes and the captions with them. It just feels right. You create a cv or a resume for the employer but you also do it for yourself. It is a reflection of you and since I am not applying to some corporate gig I feel this one is a good balance, between showing personality while still having all my bases covered.
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Creating these took time but I really like them. I know I can’t please everyone but it is a start, a good one I think.
This one stripes out as much as I could have in order to simplify it without having the cv loose it’s soul, because that would suck. The reason I put the pictures in is because they represent each of the statements, to give the reader insight into who I am more than can be done with a factual cv.
I had more fun doing this and had to add the Toronto FC since the season is starting. I wanted to do something different. The minus is that it is crowded which is why I made the simple one but this one is my favourite right now.
So what do you think good, bad, or should I start over again?