We’re fans of the alternative CV here at The Daily Wiz, you only need to check out our previous article on them to see why. They can be a fantastic way to show off your creative abilities and your determination. We believe they can be something that really sets you apart from the crowd – if used correctly. For every success story there are failures, where an alternative CV has been submitted, only to be directed straight to the bin. To stop the result of your hard work meeting a similar fate, read on to find out when a standard format CV may serve you better.
How many people are applying?
You have to think about it from the point of view of the recruiter. If you’re applying for a role at a large corporation
, one which is likely to have a high number of applicants
, then that recruiter will have several CVs to sift through. While you’re hoping your CV
will jump out at them, you may just be making their life more difficult by altering their routine
. This is the last thing you want, as it could guarantee a path to the bin. So have a think about whether it will be a highly contested position.
Does it get straight to the point?
Following on from the previous thought, you need to make sure your creation highlights your skills without being superfluous
. If it’s a challenge to get all the required information out of your CV, then it’s likely that an intrigued employer may miss a vital detail.
Likewise, is it relevant to the company
? This sounds like a stupid point to make, but be certain that your creation fits with the style of the company
. If it’s a marketing company that is known for minimalist designs, then perhaps a bright and in-your-face design isn’t the best way to go and you’d be better suited with a standard CV for now.
Do they have a history?
A bit of background research
can never go amiss when it comes to job hunting. Check whether the company you’re applying to has accepted creative CVs in the past
, or whether they’ve put a total ban on them. If they’re happy to have them, perfect! Better yet, see if you can find examples of the CVs they’ve previously accepted, as that will give you an idea of what you need to beat. Obviously if yours isn’t quite up to scratch, then it may be time to go back to the drawing board. In general, larger companies aren’t as likely to accept them
(see point 1), but if it’s worked for someone else, it may work for you!
Sometimes, as much as you want to show off your skills, a standard CV is better. If you need help with making such a CV, check out our article. Other than that, best of luck in your job search!