Thursday 19th November, 2009 – The art of good CV writing, and how the information is interpreted by the recipient is a constant point of discussion amongst HR practitioners. The HR industry is about to enter into a new era with the emergence of more graphically led CV’s being presented.
For those in receipt of a CV there is always the knowledge that the information being presented before them is merely edited highlights. However, the growing trend of more graphical CV’s is changing the dynamics of CV presentation.
Iain Chalmers, Director of The Holst Group explained, “For years, candidates and prospective clients have had a shared believe that clear and concise CV’s have been required. There is now a growing trend toward more graphically led CV’s. Employers are instantly able to see where a potential employee’s skill set lies and how their experience was gained.
“It is important to note that key techniques such as the Three Levels of Appraisal will continue to play a pivotal role in interview situations. Presentation, attitudes and aptitudes are part of the foundation to any successful interview process as is psychometric testing.
However, we do believe that the art of CV development into more graphically produced documents will become more main stream as part of the interview process over the next eighteen months to two years.”
For many, career planning is an annual event – a chance to review progress over the previous twelve months and to plan ahead. This exercise normally requires a significant revision to the more traditional CV; however, this may no longer be the case as graphically led resumes will clearly highlight historical facts and ongoing skills that have been developed.
Many still believe that the more traditional CV will remain the main template used in the HR field. However, there are a growing number of specialists in the HR field that believe that CV development is set to change.