At Naked Ambition, admittedly, there is a lot we don’t know.
Like why does giving yourself a foot massage feel nowhere near as good as when someone else does it?
Or why do we feel the need to open our mouth when we apply mascara?
And why aren’t Doritos an official food group?
But what do we know? We know careers.
We know that 88% of hiring managers in Australia are googling you (officially or unofficially) as part of the hiring process. We know that 98% of recruiters use LinkedIn as a tool in their jobs.
We also know that, more and more, hiring managers, recruiters and execs want to understand a complete picture of the person they are hiring, not just a black and white written two-page summary of his/her work experience.
That’s why we believe that personal branding and social media will eventually spell the death of the traditional CV.
But we also know that the CV is an inevitable formality that, for now at least, seems to be part of the hiring process.
So, until it’s officially in its grave, we thought we’d pass along THREE cool and interesting twists we’ve come across that can make your CV as original and three-dimensional as you are.
1. Include your social media links on your CV
As a starting point, make sure you have an up-to-date LinkedIn page (for tips on this, see our blog from 4 February) with rich content and current information. Remember to also include links to other social media profiles like Twitter, Google +, Instagram, YouTube channels – anything that’s relevant to your niche or industry and shows you are in the know. If you have any online content published on blogs or related web sites make sure you list these as well.
2. Use Video
Consider creating a short introductory video that you can post online or send as complementary content along with your traditional resume. If you’re applying for a role in the online, media, social or creative professions, then it’s more likely a decent video resume will have the desired effect, i.e., getting you invited for an interview.
Consider this option carefully however. Don’t send a video resume to a company that won’t “get it.”
Use the video to help the employer get a sense of not just what you have achieved, but what you are capable of achieving in the future. Keep it short (one or two minutes) and, as with all online content, don’t put content out there that you wouldn’t be prepared to see go viral.
3. Tell your story!
Your story is, more than anything else, what people will respond to.
Michael Margolis is a Tedx speaker and founder of Get Storied, an advisory and training company devoted to transformational storytelling. You can hear him speak about the power of your bio and why it’s relevant here.
We love the power of storytelling and we got all excited when we came across the very clever Andrea Martins. (Warning: Big plug coming up!)
Andrea is the creative brain behind storyresumes.com. A biz she created in response to a growing need for people wanting their CV’s to stand out and convey their personality. (Check out her own brilliant story on the site!)
Now she’s creating visual and creative resumes for anyone that’s looking to bring an innovative twist to their CV. Andrea has also offered a $50 discount to our Nudist Tribe for her Story Resumes! So, if this floats your boat, drop Andrea a line at email@example.com
Have you had a great experience using one of these forms of CV? Do you agree that the traditional CV is (almost) dead?
We’d love to hear your thoughts on firstname.lastname@example.org x