Publish at June 08 2010 Updated July 07 2022

Let's not throw the resume out with the bathwater

Multimedia, video, portfolio...

"The CV is dead." So says one of the witnesses solicited by Julien Pierre in his presentation entitled "The CV, between the classic approach and the digital perspective".

What is he being criticized for, this good old paper CV? Of having become a conventional exercise, a document in which no originality shines through a priori, which does not really allow the recruiter to know who he is dealing with.

If we had nothing else, we would be content with it, possibly adorning it with a few colors and an original layout. That's actually the path that the most original and sassy candidates had started to take... before seeing their efforts wiped out by digital publishing.

Because today, it's hard to think "resume" without thinking "digital." Or at least, it would be unfortunate not to.

The supply of digital resume templates is plethoric. Most of the templates offered add strictly nothing to the paper version. Besides, they are made to be printed without any modification.

But for some time now, a wind of creativity has been blowing over the CV. Here are some of the trends spotted.

The online multimedia CV

DoYouBuzz is a good example of this category. One can fill in the usual headings (education, experience, employers, personal interests... each benefiting from a dedicated page) adding audio and video files, and linking to external publications. Of course, the interface is customizable. For a handful of euros, you can buy a domain name based on the model. And the site has a service of follow-up of the consultations. In addition, you can print a paper version of your CV, which is certainly less complete than the multimedia version, but which will reassure recruiters in the old-fashioned way. A stunning service, which requires no particular technological skills and is making an impact, already adopted by more than 40,000 people.

The CV software

CVitae4 is an external application that installs on Windows. It offers resume templates, a step-by-step process to build one and then edit it in HTML or .doc. The same software allows you to follow up on the applications sent. A tool that already seems a bit outdated, but that will suit all those who see with a bad eye the dissemination of their personal information in the clouds.

The Video CV

This CV format has gone directly, in the public opinion, from a great idea to a calamitous idea. A few unfortunate examples have made the rounds on the net; but it continues to appeal to some, and some job boards offer candidates to make their own. Despite everything, this CV (or rather, this cover letter) that requires a great mastery of digital video so as not to look like something cobbled together in your garage must be experimented with caution.

The "rich media" CV

Product of web 2.0 and precursor to the generalization of the semantic web, the "rich media" CV offers enriched content thanks to the addition of specific metadata. It is thus much more easily referenced and some of its elements can be extracted automatically. For more details on the rich media CV, see our article The resume in the age of Web 2.0, in this folder.

The ePortfolio

The ePortfolio is an online personal folder, where the author can control access to all or part of its components. It is unquestionably the richest CV product currently available, but it requires continuous updating that discourages many users.

Nonetheless, the ePortfolio remains extremely interesting insofar as it denotes the existence of an in-depth reflection on one's own educational, professional, and personal journey. Among the multiple ePortfolio platforms available for free, we recommend Eduportfolio, developed by Thierry Karsenti of the University of Montreal. But any application for creating a website or blog will also do, the important thing being to ensure its maintenance over time.

The personal digital identity portal

And here they come, the famous social networks on which we leave many traces of who we are and what we do. Why bother to rewrite everything, collect, organize, when everything is available on the sites where we invest ourselves?

The CV thus changes form but remains necessary, as the privileged space of organization and valorization of relevant information when looking for a job. Richer than in the past, it takes colors and adapts to its holder. It remains now to convince recruiters to accept this diversity, which reflects the diversity of candidates for employment. Refusing to accept innovative digital CVs is probably to deprive oneself of many pleasant surprises. Recruiting is getting more complex, so is the job search; both approaches need to find common ground in the vast space of digital, much larger than the narrow sheet of paper, but so much more interesting.

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