CV is short for Curriculum Vitae, in Latin, this means “course of life.” A CV is essential for everyone to have when applying for a job, they have been around longer than you think.
In 1482, Leonardo Da Vinci, famous for his painting of Mona Lisa and the last supper, being the inventor of the helicopter and much more, became the first to write a CV. He was just like you, he wrote out all his capabilities and skills on paper and sent it off to a potential employer, the Duke of Milan.
– Leonardo da Vinci’s personal portrait
The CV today
Jumping forward to the present, we are still listing out the skills and capabilities of ourselves and sending it off to potential employers. The hope is to get a job at the end of the day. During the past 500+ years, the design has evolved but the core intent remains the same
To demonstrate and outline a person’s capabilities
In the age of modern technology the vast majority of the population now experience a richer life and experience. Yet we are still putting a lifetime of experience on a single piece of paper. In fact a large of majority employers and recruiters will still ask for a paper copy of your CV. The theory of Weavee is that this is limiting ourselves on who we are, it requires us to market ourselves inhumanly. Recruiters now look instead at keywords on your CV rather than reading it. This causes a problem as the emphasis is now toward what you should say, rather than showing your potential employers what you can do.
Becoming more digital
The “course of life” has been lost with the modern CV. Today they are not an accurate representation of us. But this is the modern age, the solution is to go digital…
“Recruiters and hiring managers are increasingly sourcing (and checking) candidates online”
– The Guardian Jobs
I imagine you have already heard about digital CV’s, companies such as Linkedin, Google, Facebook and Twitter have adopted the style by showcasing the importance of a more intuitive piece. Digital CV’s allow you to showcase all of your experience and achievements continuously, without having to limit yourself, at the same time they retain information in a condensed and easy to read format, people can read as much as they want.
But why isn’t everyone making their CV digital? We believe the right formula has not been made yet. People have tried to captivate the desired effect of showcasing capability in an easy manner but with so many opinions on how it should be done and different industry trends, the challenge is huge.
Times they are a changin’
Technology evolves every day, the way we apply to jobs are also changing. It is wise to invest your time into digital CV’s and to ensure that you know where you stand, ensure you are able to show who you are rather than be known as keywords, brand yourself. While there might not be a winning formula to a perfect digital CV, you should not give up, pioneer.