Resume 5.0: The new face of CV

ali zahid

I just posted this sample CV on SkillCity’s Facebook page as an example of a futuristic resume.

Within minutes, comments started to pour in and shares started. Seeing this interest, I thought this needs to have a wider circulation. So, why not a blog post.

This is one BIG question on what to put in in the new CV (must admit that CV 5.0 is only a joke because we don’t know what the CV 2.0, 3.0 and 4.0 would look like). We have gone straight into the future.

My Dubai-based son, Ali Zahid, ceo of, is a minimalist. Anything which does not contribute to the message is thrown away. Brutally. He lives and travels out of a cabin-size suitcase.

Ali thinks the future resume will be visual, with a lot of white space, and with only critical but minimal info. It would fit nicely on about a half A4, or an A5.

One commentator asked what about the academic qualifications? Ali thinks his recruiters (job, or project) don’t give a damn about his BS in Computing from Zabist (where ironically I taught too, but in business school). So he’s good (i.e. won’t put on paper or even mention it).

And it’s not coincidence that the recruitment experts too are saying this. This from yesterday’s LinkedIn.

Many other commentators asked if a CV like this would work the same way for Finance, Audit, Marketing, BD, Customer Service, jobs and generate optimal results or offers? To this, Ali replied:

“At first look, you see the chart and the colorful shape. But it doesn’t end there. Defining meaningful sections, using less text, proper font type, spacing, size, readability; essentially, being minimalist is the point here.

I think that the results from a smaller, cleaner, minimal CV will be far better than a multipage, text-filled, Times New Roman one. What are interviews for, eh?”

To which came this objection: But who will take risk and inculcate this in the minds of old-school head honchos in Finance, Audit, Marketing, etc, who still believe and blindly follow the traditional (read: ancient) CVs and verbatim associated with it?

My answer: This minimalist approach may not satisfy their appetite in the short term until this goes big in fashion … however, for tech-savvy recruiters in IT, CS and Web, this could be a gem.

My feeling is that whatever the field, all future CVs would look like something like this, perhaps going through a continuum of CV 2.0, 3.0, 4.0.

When companies like Google advertise their posts, columns about education, work experience and cover letter are mentioned as ‘Optional’. A screenshot for you:

Google job application


Also see follow-up post: 

How to redesign your CV – from Creator of Resume 5.0

See the above post on Ali Zahid’s blog here.

See this post on LinkedIn: Resume 5.0: The new face of CV

marissa mayer resume cv

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s sample resume.

Also by Wali Zahid

If you want results, ban emails and meetings

Managing Time by Managing Three Things

Say goodbye to knowledge, welcome curiosity

Time to say goodbye to HR Department

The Bahrain side not many people know of

Which countries work the longest hours?

Eight pitfalls of corporate training programs in Pakistan

Great Training in 10 Steps now on iTunes

Saying-doing gap and the Value-Based Trainer (VBT)

Mystic Trainer: Wali’s interview with Manager Today

The power of that special teacher

Wali on The Pakistan 2050 Opportunity

Follow Wali Zahid on: Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn


  1. Assalam-o-Alaikum sir Hope you are fine…
    Sir i saw the new design of CV that u posted…it seems Attractive to look,but what you think if the Employee wants to check your Experience/Skills in Detail…will this new design of CV fulfills his Understanding need…??

  2. Very good initiative indeed. Ali you share my vision mate.
    That’s a fact that nobody cares if you graduated from Szabist or Harvard. If you can get things done, you are in.
    Our local companies and multinational (national minded) companies will take their time to upgrade. But somebody has to change this stuff.

    Let me remind you. Don’t let anybody’s perception, expertise or advice stand in your way to progress.


  3. sir g designer cv’s are available no need for such a copied like version of a cv , for IT field professionals there are alot more versions available in designer CV’s templates

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *