5 creative ideas to make your application stand out

In 2009, I changed careers. I moved from hospitality to event management and at the same time returned to Europe. While I was eager to start a new path in a different industry, I also wanted to start my own business – something I could do in my spare time and manage from anywhere (since I had no idea of ​​the country in which I was going to move to the next one).

The question remained: “What could I do?”

By that time, I had worked in Austria, England, Canada, Malaysia and the United States and had accumulated a ton of expertise in compiling job applications. And there, I had the idea: I would offer a personalized CV writing service!

I’m telling you this story because I still have friends who come to me for advice on writing CVs and CVs. In fact, someone asked me for help this morning and in this article I am going to share with you what I told them.

It’s 2013 – It’s time to adjust to the new rules

A CV today is not the same as it was just 10 years ago. Being in my twenties, I have seen changes happen in many different industries.

Here is a short list of the most important changes:

  • Keep your personal information short. Ignore your family details, marital status and current address; it just takes space and time. In the United States, it is illegal to ask for an applicant’s ethnicity, race, origin, and photograph. Stick to the name, current location (optional), goal, and your website.
  • Focus on your skills and abilities portfolio. What skills have you acquired? What are your strong points? Try to give the reader a good overview of your skills (by category: languages, marketing, sales, etc.) and remember to sort your list by relevance to the job.
  • Provide details of relevant work experience only. Unless you plan to make a complete career change, you will find value for the new job in your work history. Focus on what matters to the future job. This gives you a better chance of getting noticed!
  • Showcase your personal interests and non-work-related activities. More and more companies are hiring by personality rather than by experience; Take this opportunity to do your best and be recognized for the awesome blog you write, the volunteer community work you do, and the networking events you organize.
  • Add personality and flavor. Resumes are no longer in black and white and limited to two pages. Play around with the design, add a cover page, showcase your projects in images and text, and write an ‘about me’ introduction.

Why your CV MUST impress

Do you remember my little CV writing service? When I first registered the company, I named it “first impressions count” simply because that’s what your resume should do: create a (maybe great) first impression and get you that interview. hiring.

With the number of applications an HR department receives, it’s hard for a hiring manager to read your masterpiece. In fact, they only take 2.5 seconds to determine if you move on to the next round or move it to the trash. Perfection is key, so your resume should stand out from the crowd.

Some companies may welcome the conventional format. CV Maker is a great platform to create a CV in minutes. If you want to get creative, you can find some pretty amazing examples on CV Parade. Visualize Me and ResumUP even offer the ability to display your information in tables and charts for better visualization.

Then you have web apps that allow you to create a portfolio of your work, such as Zerply, Carbonmade, and Behance. I would never recommend keeping just one wallet online, but always combine it with a great personal website. I made mine with Flavors.me and you are welcome to take a look here: www.melaniehaselmayr.com. A personal website is the best way to bring together all of your online profiles: your portfolio, your blog, your social media accounts, your photo feeds, and anything else you want to share with the world.

These are the traditional uses of job search apps. That’s what they’re made for, that’s what most people use, that’s what will eventually become mainstream.

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Go beyond the scope of job search applications

You have no way of knowing how many other candidates you are up against, how good they are, and what aces they have up their sleeves. All you can do is prepare to impress, and this is where you are different. and interesting is what will give you the competitive edge.

Here are some mind-blowing ideas for your next application:

Idea # 1: CV inspired by design

Best for: Detail-conscious and design-conscious applicants

If you had planned to include design elements in your CV, why not make it a work of art in its own right? Services like Visual.ly help you create amazing infographics for your amazing background, experience and skills. This is a great opportunity to merge your portfolio with your future job! Trying to find a job at BMW? Think cars and be creative!

Idea # 2: Tell your story

Best for: Applicants who have an online portfolio and press coverage to share

Storify is a web app that does amazing storytelling things. It allows you to extract content from any website and include it in your “story”, then save that story as a page and share it with the world. Storify is perfect for those who work online and need to show off content, press, clients, projects, etc. By dividing your story into sections, you can easily break down your profile.

Idea # 3: Create a different type of presentation

Best for: Everyone – this one works for every industry and every job

While Storify relies on existing online content, Prezi does not. Prezi lets you create beautiful presentations, but not like Powerpoint. You can organize everything you need on a large canvas, then zoom in to see details and specific parts of your canvas. Not only that, it allows you to create video with your canvas, not only move from location to location as you determine, but activate voice recording options to make your presentation an experience. audiovisual.

Take a look at this example:

Eric Jannot’s CV (produced with Prezi)

Idea # 4: when development matters, use a timeline

Best for: Applicants who wish to demonstrate step-by-step progress or development

In many cases it is important to show how you got to where you are now and what the different steps were to get there. In this case, you should consider using Tiki Toki for your application. You can use images, text, and videos to tell your story and let the reader walk through your timeline.

This is what Tiki Toki looks like:

Idea # 5: Love the company you want to work for

Best for: everyone – you may need to be a little more creative than usual

This idea is my absolute favorite. One thing your employer will be looking for is commitment, interest, and passion for their business. This application idea can get you your next job even before you went to the job interview simply because of the undeniable dedication you put into your application.

The concept is simple: use the services / goods of the company to create your CV / application. While this is obviously easier with digital apps and products, there are plenty of ways to do it with any business in any industry. You just have to be creative.

Here’s what this candidate did to get a job with Pinterest:

I wish there was a magic formula that makes your application a success every time. In the meantime, you will have to work for your success, but you can find ways to increase your chances of being the # 1 candidate for the job.

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