Stylish CV Formatting for Creative Roles
We love these stylish CV layouts although they're not for everyone.
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They're perfect for mailing or handing to the end reader, particularly if you're in a creative profession. But we don't think they're suitable for uploading to online job sites; we think traditional, simple formats are better for online use.
It goes without saying that no matter how wonderful your CV looks, it's the content that counts. So if you're thinking of applying creative formatting, make sure that your basic CV is up to scratch first - skills, experience, achievements, qualifications, etc. And make sure you check it thoroughly before applying fancy formatting.
If you use Loft Resumes or any other form of creative formatting, please let us know what impact it had on your job applications. We'd love to know whether it worked for you.
LinkedIn is all about professional networking. Each time you log on to LinkedIn or when you make a connection, it will come up with a list of people you may know and want to connect with.
DON'T just click the "Connect" button. This is a wasted opportunity.
Instead, take a little time to personalise your message. Click on the little pen icon next to the +Connect button and create a short but compelling message about why you want to connect.
Write a heading, eg "We met last night at XXX meeting" then compose a short message about what you have in common and why you'd like to connect.
If you can't connect because you don't know their email or you haven't done business with them before, check out the groups that you have in common and use one of those as a basis for connection.
If you want to get more mileage out of LinkedIn and you genuinely want to connect, then take a little time to make your message request personal and to make yourself more memorable.
Professional CV Writer, Career Coach and LinkedIn Profile Creator
Barbara Patrick, Career, Job Search and Employability Coach, and Professional CV writer at Compelling CVs in Berkshire, UK
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