Creative CV & Pattern: How much creativity is allowed?

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The CV is practically the linchpin of everyone Application, And he allows more conclusions about the qualifications and experiences of the applicant than, for example, the cover letter. But how do you design the resume correctly? Lebenslauf06

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What the CV tells you about you

A resume is traitorous. Erroneous errors indicate sloppiness. Or that the applicant simply has a lot to look after.

An original designed resume gives the applicant a point of creativity. If, on the other hand, it is well structured, it shows that its author can structure well.

How much creativity is allowed?

It is recommended that you keep a strict chronology with the curriculum vitae, according to which the current position is listed above. In the meantime, the American variant has also become widely accepted in Germany. The basic structure of a CV is as follows:

  • Personal data
  • Professional Experience
  • education
  • Interests


Children & family stand or not?

In addition, there is a constant demand for mandatory information in the CV - such as the question of marital status or children. Agnes Stock, HR Consultant at Kelly Services, advises:

"Children do not have to be mentioned if their existence has no relevance and no impact on the desired employment relationship - for example with regard to full-time employment." Internationally, such information is rather uncommon, which is why executives in particular did not ask this question.

How much more can be?

Far more important is that the Application fits the tone in the respective industry. Each candidate should therefore ask the following questions:

  • What is common in my industry?
  • Is the basic information already enough to attract the desired attention?
  • Can I make my CV more creative?
  • And to what extent can a CV be customized?


The industry is important

How much more can be more is different from industry to industry. In the communications sector, for example, in marketing or design, the design of the CV can be a bit more creative.

We have discussed the subject of creative CVs here in the blog. For example, the application of Jeanne Hwang with Pinterest, which I personally felt too unclear. Or the very unusual social media CV of Hagan Blount, who had visualized his CV as a modern graphic.

Social media style is often still needed

As a result, I asked the question in the blog: How exceptional are CVs? And how destructive? The reactions were also divided here: some found it to be good and original, the others needed rather to get used to.

This shows how many people's CVs in the new social media style are still getting used to - even if social media have certainly fundamentally changed our communication habits.


Key facts at a glance

Personnel who get used to social media have now been trained to capture and evaluate relevant texts according to a particular pattern at a glance. Still others still prefer the old, classic school.

Because even in the social networks, descriptions of people are also very fast to the point and are appropriately structured and visually equipped. The extreme case is certainly Twitter with its 140 character per profile.

Brevity is the soul of wit

It is precisely this brevity and spice that the contact person then also in the CV. Means in the plain text: On the cover sheet the most important facts should appear to the applicant, so that they are recognizable at a glance.

At the same time, however, a sensible structure and a good, meaningful photo should not be left out - the absence of these features was one of the main criticisms of such creative CVs.

A hint is still betrayed. Anyone who is too "lazy" to design their own graphic CV can use the visualize.me tool to automatically generate graphical CVs. Lebenslauf04

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  1. Christopher

    Personally, I like creative CVs because they are a way to stand out from the crowd and make the resume more appealing and exciting for the reader. However, I also believe that a creative CV is not suitable for every industry. I also think that the point "clarity" mentioned in this article is important: even a creative CV must enable the reader to capture relevant data quickly and easily - because the clear purpose of the curriculum vitae is precisely the clear presentation of a candidate's previous career.

    • Simone Janson

      Thanks for this comment, I also find the clarity is important.

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