CV Websites: Showing Off (In a good way)

As the competition for jobs is more fierce than ever, it pays to take those extra steps to stand out in a crowd of applicants. Here’s a quick look at creative CV websites and some tips for creating your own.

Call me an insufferable snob, but since when have sharp web design and a high page rank been mutually exclusive terms? A few weeks ago, I wrote about the potential for helping yourself to stand out as a SEO specialist by creating your own website to house your CV. The idea is that you would then use you SEO pixie dust to get your site up in the page rank and explicitly demonstrate that you can, indeed, do what you claim in your CV.

I embarked on a quest to find some great examples of this by using some choice keyword searches:

“SEO CV Website” “cv websites SEO” “cv websites SEM”

I even Americanised it and tried “SEO resume website”

Before I pass judgement on what I found, can I just give a bit of background, and then hopefully you’ll forgive everything I write.

I’m a typography nut, I like sleek design, white space is my friend, I’m also a neat freak, and borderline obsessed with colour swatches. So back to my original question: why can’t good CV website design and a high page rank exist alongside each other? Everything I found—although very informative—was just so dull. (I’m sorry I’m so judgey)

While I have to commend the owners of the pages with a high page rank; you’ve proven your point that you are an SEO whizz kid, but why not add a little excitement and interest to the design?

I’m a firm believer that creative CV’s are not the exclusive property of graphic designers; take this for example, a CV printed on fabric to highlight the applicants love of sewing. It’s a small, memorable touch.

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Hagan Blount, a New York-based social media strategist, is incredibly creative in his approach to finding employment. While I’m not suggesting that you don a sandwich board and start pounding the pavements offering your SEO services in exchange for food, a quick look at his website will give you some great inspiration.

  • If you aren’t a graphic designer, consider hiring one. Or team up with a graphic designer friend—he or she makes your CV and website beautiful, and you help optimise his or her portfolio. This is great interview fodder for both parties.
  • Include a QR code on your business card which links to your website; just be sure your site is optimised for mobile.
  • Utilise social media to really drive your message to the right people; but be careful about mixing personal with professional accounts. You don’t want to encourage potential employers to check out your photos from your last night out.
  • Don’t go overboard on the design front; you still need to make sure you content is top notch. It’s a CV site, so the same information should be there as you would expect to find on a paper CV, you just have the flexibility of making it interactive and engaging.

Share your creative CV links below; we always love to find interesting new approaches to job hunting.