How To Paint An Awesome CV?
The fact Leonardo da Vinci was a leading artist and intellectual of the Italian Renaissance will be of no surprise to anyone. But while Leonardo is well-remembered for his paintings, he has built one more legacy that has the great impact on the modern world. In 1482 Leonardo produced the first professional résumé with intent to showcase his skills. At that time, it was a handwritten document but its purpose did not change ever since.
I was actively recruiting for the past 20 years as talent attraction and selection remains to be one of the most demanding HR activities. Over those years I have screened thousands of résumés and I have heard the similar number of the same simple question: “How to write a really good CV?”
This question is equally important for students entering the first job without any experience and senior leaders with 30 years of a progressive career. How to showcase key accomplishments in a unique and clear way remains to be a mystery for many. My genuine advice would be to think of a résumé as a shop-window that has to display its most valuable items. It is really important to keep it clean and to tell a compelling story everyone can understand.
Easier said than done, right? I know how difficult this task is and I respect every effort in it. That is why I am very excited to see great ideas and innovative technologies developed to help us solve those issues. I have recently been introduced to Novorésumé. This team of bright, young professionals has launched earlier this year a digital tool that creates amazing professional résumés with easy to read structures and various fully editable templates. I was impressed by their example built to showcase the career of Sir Richard Branson, as much as 80.000 of their users are impressed with the impact their résumés have on recruiters and hiring managers in the most attractive global companies.
It has never been so easy to build a strong professional CV on your own, reflecting your personality. On top, it is truly a fun and creative process. I am sure Leonardo would enjoy it as much as I do.