A topic that is always hotly debated - especially on Best of HR - Berufebilder.de®: How creative can and should CVs be? How much graphic is useful and when does it become confusing? An overview.

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Creative CVs

On Best of HR – Berufebilder.de® had often reported to various places about creative CVs and applications. Hagan Blount, for example, describes himself as an unemployed social media strategist and says he tweets for Essen. Is that now a successful, creative Idea or an attempt, which unfortunately is a bit over the top Objective shoots out?

You have to give Hagan Blount one thing: he has Humour. In any case, presenting yourself like a beggar is a sign of a good prize. Or is the begging sign a pinch too submissive? Aren't the wrong associations aroused because he sells himself more as a supplicant than as a self-confident, competent doer?

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seinen Curriculum vitae at least I thought it was great at first sight. Something else. Something completely different. With icons and numbers in bold. It looks great: The most important things are highlighted concisely, and it looks hypermodern.

But only at first glance. At second glance, there are a few weaknesses. I find the icons, for example, simply superfluous. You don't immediately understand what they are supposed to stand for. It is also not clear at first glance that these are reflected in a statistic below that is intended to show the course of competence. Nice idea, but a little too much.

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Really great I find the idea with the numbers: Important skills with bold print figures must represent the heart of every person to jump joyfully: There he once times equal all values ​​in an overview.

Unfortunately, that also seems a bit confusing. Overall, the whole page seems a little too crowded. Although the original idea was really good: everything important at a glance and important things highlighted in bold. However, for the sake of clarity, less - and therefore less gimmickry - would have been more.

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Jeanne Hwang is a graduate of the renowned Harvard Business School and has worked at Yahoo, Accenture and Kaixin, among others, and is active in sports: She took part in the New York City Triathlon, among others. And all these activities can be found on their Pinterest board.

What I like is a CV in pictures. This immediately gives a very different impression of the person and their activities than just pure words or numbers. The disadvantage, however, is that the thing is quite confusing - it is difficult to cope.

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For example, it takes me longer to find out whether I have to read the whole thing from left to right or from top to bottom. When I get stressed out at some HR think.. What is yours Opinions to the Pinterest CV?

Curriculum vitae as a political statement?

I also found this example exciting, not from America or Europe, but from Morocco. In this context, the curriculum vitae is almost a political statement, an ironic protest against discrimination.

The question is, how does that affect potential employers and recruiters? I look forward to your opinion in the comments.

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Conclusion: creative CVs with limits

Creative CVs are quite beautiful to look at and stand out clearly from the amount of CVs, which in times as well as at Application around conspicuousness is quite a plus can be.

However, the creative Candidate urgently take care that the oh so creative curricula do not become too confusing - because the most important thing in a CV is still that busy employers and Recruiter recognize at a glance what experience an applicant has and what not. With the colorful pictures, this is sometimes rather difficult. Perhaps you should therefore at least enclose a written CV.

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