The death of the CV as we know it?

I’ve been saying this for a while now and it seems that the web is now full of articles saying the same thing. And while the CV itself isn’t likely to die anytime soon, it can no longer be counted on to be the ONLY tool in your job search toolbox. So, what else might you need? Well, here are a few ideas…

Video resume

There’s no better way to communicate who you are than a video. It’s a great way to stand out from the crowd and get noticed. It may not be used instead of a CV, but it’s certainly a great way to start the conversation with a prospective employer. The guy below made it all over the TV news last month when his video landed him a top job.

There’s even a social network specialising in video resumes…. RezBuzz™ is the “World’s first Employment Search Video Network” (ESVN) and is helping individuals, companies and recruiters differentiate themselves with the power of video resumes and profiles.”

But be careful with these.. it’s easy to get wrong! Like these video resumes demonstrate. But, if you think you’re up for it, here’s a good article on what to think about in making a video resume to help get you thinking and 5 Tips for Creating Impressive Video Resumes.

The CV infographic

An infographic is used to display information in a graphical form, like a picture or a diagram. Here is an example of someone who has developed an infographic to use as their CV. The thing to remember here is whether using a tool like this makes sense for what you do. I can’t help but wonder about the cost of creating such a piece of art. After all, we’re not all able to create graphics like this, and for many it would need to be outsourced.

The internet ad

You could always take an ad out on Facebook or Google, like these guys; There’s the copywriter who placed a Google ad to land a top ad job in NYC.  And there’s the story about a guy who took out a Facebook ad to land a job at Olgivy & Mather.

This is all very well, but understanding what methods are going to be right for you in your job search is the real trick. For that you need to be really clear as to who your target audience is and where you can find them. Who they are and where you can find them might help you to decide on the best tool for the job. Because not all of these ideas are going to be right for everyone.

What do you think would be the most appropriate method for you to use to find the people who can offer you the job you want?

If you’re not sure, then get in touch! Helping you to work out WHO you ARE and WHO you’re targeting is what I help people with.


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3 reasons why you should NEVER use video on your site

1. Your livelihood does not depend on selling you as an individual.

So you might be an employee with a guaranteed job for life who sits behind a screen all day with no need to interact with anyone, ever.

Or, you’ve made your millions and spend your days either re-arranging your vast collection of fast cars around the estate, deciding where to berth your yacht next or pestering your butler for another Cristal.

If on the other hand, you’re in the business of selling you, (and who isn’t?) then video is an absolute MUST for your site.

There’s an even narrower list of people who ABSOLUTELY DEFINITELY need to have video on their site. And these are those folk that are in the people business where your business is essentially you and your clients or customers interact with you directly. I’m talking to you entrepreneurs, business owners, consultants, coaches, trainers, speakers, mentors, PA/VA’s, therapists, counsellors, actors, porn stars, etc… you see where this is going?

2. You don’t want to progress in your work, earn more money or grow your business.

This is perfectly reasonable. With the planet running out of resources and space, buying & selling more things and using up more stuff is clearly going to end in trouble. So good for you by not wanting to contribute to the inevitable disaster that’s heading our way.

3. You’ve got 2 heads and think that people may be put off working with you.

This is wholly understandable, and to be quite frank, you should probably seek professional help.