We have forever been reading rules and formats and tips and doctrines of drafting ideal Curriculum Vitae. But let me tell you today that amidst this intensive competition, your traditional CV will just stand in the queue of several other similar looking, similar feeling CVs. In order to stand out, in order to really grab that job by the neck, you have to be a little bit extra. You have to a little bit more creative. You have to make sure that you are NOTICED just like Ankita Chawla did. 20-year-old Ankita decided to make a digital resume but she didn’t do it like everyone else. Ankita did something that has hardly ever been done before. She used Instagram to build her CV!!
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Any guesses what happened next? She immediately got noticed by several companies and eventually got hired by Deloitte India as a visual content creator. This brings us back to the discussion of not playing by the rule book. If you really want to get noticed, do what it takes to get noticed. No rules.
The only rule is CREATIVITY.
Who Should Play By This ONLY Rule?
Creative professional, of course! Making a creative CV may not work for someone applying for a seriously technical job in say finance industry, but it will work wonders if you are applying for a creative field. Such CVs are particularly effective for professionals who have a portfolio or creative skills to display like photography, designing etc. In fact, even IT industry can capitalize on this idea if the CV is drafted intelligently and in the right context.
Also if you are someone who doesn’t have much work experience, this could be a golden opportunity for you. If your recruiter identifies your skills just by looking at your CV, your lack of experience would not matter much.
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The process of drafting a creative CV is not really difficult. It is not science. To be honest, it is just common sense. Begin by understanding your industry and the requirement of any potential recruiter. You should know what they’d be looking for in you and your CV. Once you have that knowledge and understanding, you have to think how you can use your skills to incorporate those things in the CV. A great web designer might design a website in the form of their CV. And so on! There are millions of ideas out there waiting for your kind attention!
BONUS: Non-traditional CVs can be particularly helpful in enhancing your job search, just like it worked for Ankita.
All the best!