Interesting CV Trends To Incorporate In Your CV
Over the past few years, I have attended many CV workshops, conducted by companies and universities. I was able to learn a lot and get an insight into some of the creative elements that can be added to elevate a CV!
From the CVs I have been seeing, I noticed a few trends that both serve a purpose and look aesthetically pleasing. Here are 4 really cool CV trends:
1. QR Code To Your Website
This is a really cool feature that you can add to your CV and won't take much time to create. A Quick Response (QR) code is a type of barcode that your phone can scan to take you to a webpage of your choice.
This is a great feature to add that can be linked to your web portfolio or LinkedIn profile. It shows you have made an effort to modernise your CV and can give the recruiter additional information about you that you weren't able to fit into your CV.
I personally use QR Code Generator, which is free and very easy to use. There are many other websites available to generate QR codes.
Linktree (or similar) is a gamechanger. It is a tool that allows you to create a personalised and easily customizable page, that houses all the important links you want to share with your audience.
You can simply put your Linktree URL in your CV or LinkedIn profile and your audience can see all your links in one place.
Even better, you can combine the QR code trend with the Linktree trend to have a QR code that directs your audience to your Linktree page. That way, they can access all your important links in one place.
3. Creative CVs
I have seen so many of these ‘creative’ CVs go viral on LinkedIn and even Twitter. Essentially, you use the company’s branding to create your CV. For example, I have seen someone applying for a Spotify product management role that made their CV look like the Spotify interface — brilliant!
Note: I have contacted and obtained permission from Emily to use this CV.
All essential information is still included in the CV. However, the theme adds a layer of creativity and thoughtfulness that cannot be ignored!
This doesn't apply to all roles but works great for creative roles, such as marketing, product design, etc. The recruiter can see your creativity and how passionate you are about the role.
4. GitHub For Technology Roles
GitHub is a code hosting platform for version control and collaboration. It lets you and others work together on projects from anywhere.
People from all over the world use GitHub to keep track of their programming projects and collaborate with others on them. Students, especially where their degrees involve a lot of programming, are encouraged to have a GitHub account and update it regularly with new versions of their code.
By putting your GitHub username on your CV when applying for a tech job, your recruiter can see that you are actively working on side projects. I found out that ‘side projects’ are a big deal in the tech world. These side projects basically include anything that your work on (tech-related) that isn't a university assignment.
If you don't have a GitHub account yet, create one now and just programming upload any projects you have to it. Slowly, start to regularly maintain it and learn git commands as they are very useful for most tech roles.
The trends mentioned above are only suggestions to elevate your CV structure but the content is still the most valuable part of your CV. Make sure you take the time to perfect that before focusing on these ideas.
Best of luck!