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 designplox.com, 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:
- Have you made a CV 5.0 for you? To assist you, Ali’s CV in PDF: ali zahid
- Ali Zahid’s blog post on this: Resume 5.0 – You’re missing the point
- You may ask for Ali’s professional service too. resume5.com. Mobile app may be available soon.
Also see follow-up post:
See the above post on Ali Zahid’s blog here.
See this post on LinkedIn: Resume 5.0: The new face of CV
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s sample resume.
Also by Wali Zahid