What’s the right CV Style for you?

Power Rangers or Black Neoprene?


What's the right CV style for you? Black neoprene or Power Rangers?

Style is subjective.  I have worked as a headhunter in the fashion sector for many years and yet as a young man I was sarcastically nicknamed "Man at Milletts".  It does indeed still hurt, actually. Thanks for asking.

Style is subjective, but it also matters.  I am a diver too, and technical divers are always clad in black.  That is because black neoprene is the new (and old) black and technical divers are the cool kids in subaqua circles (I am a technical diver).

Some holiday divers dress like Power Rangers.  It's true.  They just love their neoprene in lurid green and salmon pink and preferably at the same time. That's their style. It makes a great deal more sense for everyone than dressing in black actually, as the sharks always swim after them first, in my experience.  Sharks like salmon you see.  And holiday divers have really, really good cameras.  So everyone is happy.  

PADI Advanced Open Water divers wear snorkels attached to their masks all of the time and give each other 'high fives'.  Proper divers don't do either of those things. Them's the rules of style underwater.  

And everyone chooses the right style for them. I've written a number of BLOGs on CVs. The most important are those on the Golden Rules.  And the one on Sausages. So those being taken as read let's talk CV Stylee.

1. Chronological CV This is the most common type of CV.  And it's a good style to use.   It runs in reverse chronological order and catalogues the responsibilities and achievements of your career.  Most people use this because it is logical and if written properly it takes the reader on a journey that is easy to follow.  This is also the CV to use if your career is mostly in one industry, or if you have only switched careers once and there is a clear break between the two. Typical Layout: (from the top down) Name and contact details; Personal Statement (more on this next week);  Key Achievements; Career History; Qualifications and Training.

2. Technical CV This is the CV to use if finding your next job is dependent upon your technical ability and qualifications.  IT professionals usually have technical CVs (unless they are the CIO and then they delegate their skills to someone else); those in highly regulated professions where qualifications are the necessary point of entry to the profession use a CV of this type too.  There is less emphasis in this case on the work history. Typical Layout: Name and contact details; Personal Statement; Skills and Qualifications; Career History.

3. Skills based CV This is the CV style to use if you are seeking to change careers or if there are breaks in your work history due to redundancy or prison.  The emphasis is squarely upon your hard and soft skills and focused upon the future and what you can bring to your next employer. Typical Layout: Name and contact details; Personal Statement; Key Skills, Qualifications and Training; Career History.

4. Graduate CV I wrote a BLOG on this.  It's here: How to write a Graduate CV.  It's awesome (high five!)

5. Hybrid CV If you engage one of my lovely colleagues or myself to write a CV for you this is what you'll get. Freestyle.  Bespoke.  Tailor Made.  What meets your needs. This is the cool CV.  After all, I do wear black neoprene (and no snorkel).  

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