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have to say I'm looking at mine now and thinking about a redesign!
Also, I wish I could feature an 'Awards' section on my CV :(
I want to go and help kids to learn Photoshop in Romania or sutin
that garners real people looking at their CVs
And then apply for jobs that need application forms...
90% of the jobs ive applied for in the last month have all been via laborious application form
so much copy and pasting of the same fucking information that's all on my CV but no, we don't even want to see it thanks, pillocks
But I suppose you'd expect them to be as they all seem to be designers of some sort.
do you think it'd be a bad thing if it was just like one of the really sharp ones and you weren't a designer?
Would people just think 'prick'?
I'd be pretty impressed if I was doing the sift for a vacancy and one of the CVs looked like one of those, regardless of what the job was.
In my experience, most CVs look much the same, so anything that catches the attention would be a bonus (catches the attention in a good way I mean: not the ones where e.g. they've not even bothered spellchecking it).
once had an application in which had, in massive pink sparkly word art, CURRICULEM [sic] VITAE
some of them would look ok for your average desk jockey but ones with drawing of yourself would end up in the shredder
she's got both the jobs she applied for since the change.
nothing worse than a graphic designer who thinks they're important. Except like AIDS and death and stuff.
but these aren't actually that special compared to some of the ones we receive from graduates.
Having said that, posting the link did mean that I got to see that Baptiste Dumas looks like a bit of a wazzock.
Kinda curious to see what the really OTT examples look like
But then I'm an office nerd, I don't need my own logo.
...isn't this all just sensible CV tailoring? All of these CVs are for people who work in design etc. so... does it not logically follow that you make your CV look beautifully designed in order to show you can make stuff that looks nice, using a format which doesn't inherently allow you to articulate it?
I mean if these people were applying for accountancy jobs it'd be a bit odd but...
I don't think that means that using white space better will hinder an application though, will it?
But my comment was more in response to the `what a bunch of cunts` replies really so, I'm not quite sure what you're getting at...
as in, if it was a non-design industry and you saw a cv formatted like one of the more modest ones, would you mark it down? i'm thinking about formatting mine but don't want to come across as (more of) a douche.
Well the importance of this, for me, is to communicate the information your prospective employer needs to see in the most efficient and quick manner.
The key is to make sure that the person reading it can access the information they need to access as quickly as possible. If a nice bit of formatting/design aids this - put it in; if a nice bit of formatting/design detracts from this - leave it out. I would say anyway.
By all means make your CV look nice, but if you're designing it at the behest of clarity I'd be a bit cautious.
The reason why it works for these design CVs is because their employers doubtless want to see evidence of creative flair. Making a nice CV is thus a more efficient way for them to explain this than by putting `I design things really, really well` over and over again in explanatory bullet points.
CVs are too often over thought - just make it clear and concise :)
i'm about to start pitching to clients for freelance work outsida my 9-5 and just sort of want to impress without essentially printing TWAT in 72 point font.
...well no need to get too funky with the design there. Just make it clear, concise and accessible.
a nicely laid out well designed cv should always boost your cv.
The more reserved the better i think. Good design for cvs should, i think (and this is including cvs for design jobs), be invisible, but careful attention to layout should give the cv content more authority and be more readable.
just don't go overboard, subtlety is key.
If you overdo it you just look like a bellend. It should just be a smarter than normal CV
There's some really nice typography and some even have a decent layout, sure, but some of the content is dross. And putting a shit graph on your CV (even if you are a graphic designer) is next level needy.
Having said that, I'll probably nick a couple of pointers from the more restrained ones. My CV needs some whitespace. The thing is, the best laid plans go to shit when you're asked for a .doc instead of a .pdf ...if the place you're contacting even accepts CVs as opposed to filling out a proprietary form.
and a more fancy one (PDF)
Use Helvetica, there's going to be no problems with that and it looks reet. Everyone's fine with Helvetica
And some of the more modest typography affectations
These would be a pleasure compared to what I deal with. I work with a load of engineers so quite often their CVs can be 10 pages +
In a former role though I once had a CV which featured a picture of the guy draped across his motorbike. The header read "Probably the best CV you will ever read" and under key qualities he'd listed "Steely grey eyes"
I wish I was joking
Seems endemic in this industry though
and any that have a picture - urrrrrrrgggggggh
quite a few are a bit over the top really, just lay it out nice and get soem lush fonts i reckon, otherwise it gets a bit needy
not having that.
is the full on one by Alessandro BonaccorsI, who has had the balls to go all in
His picture looks like he's just got out of the shower or something
Pictures on every CV. Fairly standard practice. I hate it but old habit in the industry...
one guy came in and under interests he had put "i enjoy taking my nan ballroom dancing"
he sounds like a kind, responsible young man
it's a shame that his CV will probably be binned
Many years ago I admonished meths for having an arty CV and laid casual covering letter, but I've gone full circle now. I don't know he was asking my advice, I'd never even had a job interview at the time.
I mean yes some of them are a bit cringey, but the general consensus that the people who've done them are terrible upthread feels a bit like bitterness idk.
and didn't want to get distracted by a load of self loathing expressed as disapproval (I've got enough of my own at work at the moment).
/some/ are meh
/some/ defo paint a picture of intolerable bellendry
the arty cv has never failed to get an interview.
no, that wasn't THE cv.
it's just - urgggggh
shouldn't have purple text
just to be able to slap them
it SHOULD look like that.
but if you're sending in a word document in times new roman for a design job, i doubt you'd get very far.
it looks simplistic and cluttered at the same time, the layout doesn't really flow and I don't think the fonts blend as well as they could.
The whole thing screams self obsession with the massive massive photo of herself and unnecessary infographics about her personal interests.
That's not a cv - that's an advert.
Not at all
if i was a mag editor i'd be thinking 'she's missed that out and not realised'.
she's said it
if i was going to use words like superstar, it'd HAVE to be someone else being quoted, otherwise it's just cocky
but she does strike me as a cocky one
NO JOB FOR HER
unless perhaps you work in art design/some other sort of wanky, creative half-job.
you're wrong, guvnor.
Employers don't want people who consider themselves boundary-pushers.
Two pages, plain text, Arial or Times New Roman. No fancy text, graphics, arty bullshit, anything that makes you needily look like someone trying to be 'a character'.
then yes, i'd agree. But changing the font, even subtly, doesn't mark you out as anything.
your constant references to neediness suggest quite a low self esteem. :(
if you know any, ask them?
i appreciate why you're angry with the world, but i'm not going to start judging you.
you're a softie really.
They're all CVs for designers
You'd struggle for proper jobs with CVs like that, though, that's all i'm saying.
there's no point in going mental if you're applying for a job in Sainsburys. BUT the neat, white, three-column approach is pretty nice. Just without all the silly logos. That's all i was contending, sir.
but if you're, well, any sort of professional, you keep it basic and your experience speaks for itself.
don't get me wrong, if someone's work experience is, say, writing a blog, designing a couple of websites and doing a bit of colouring in, course, your CV has to stand out aesthtically, because your work history doesn't speak for itself.
Some of them would stand out enough that people would want to read them without making the *W*A*N*K*E*R* alert go off, like this one http://cvparade.com/9140772350
see he's had 5 jobs iin 10 years and have serious questions about him.
not a design issue
That's a superb link. I think the naysayers are kind of missing the point. A CV isn't supposed to make you sound friendly and endearing, it's your chance to show off.
Having seen my colleagues wade through mountains of b/w CVs that look like variously formatted Word Documents, I'm certain that any of these (apart from one or two of the overly-loud ones) would immediately stick out and get looked at.
OP - great work.
Academics are cunts.
awesome. how many will you read?
Luckily for him it's nothing to do with recruitment (part of an expert witness statement ting)
It is surprising how many of them slip up on basic things though.
Like choosing fonts that make it hard to scan/ having poor visual hierarchy or unbalanced white space. To me that is like sending it off with spelling errors.
Good design should be as functional as it is pretty. Some of them are neither.
I'm also going to copy the shit out of some of those.
give or take (mine is in common ol' Century Gothic, but that is probably proper Futura or summats). I'd just need to realign the section headers and cut back on word count (fair enough), and introduce a flamboyant header font and loose my last name (probably won't bother with those steps).
That is the daftest bit of that one
not me talking or anything, just an animation I put together.
I also made a comic for a job application once.
just got an email at work in which someone corrected a "typographical error", when what they meant was a typo
i have since looked it up and discovered that the person who emailed was correct and i am wrong to have flagged this up as stupid.
however, i think the fact that "typographical error" is commonly used to refer to "human error in typing" is silly
of the many things I dislike about that, why on earth would someone draw themselves wearing one of those awful low-hanging tshirts? uuuuuuuuuuuuuuurgh
Obviously there are some REALLY NICE LOOKING CVs in there, but a major practical application would be stealing them for my own use. Is there any way of doing this?
For example, I'm kind of thinking, oooooh, wouldn't it be great if my CV looked like this? http://cvparade.com/9140772350