Need a digital CV in 2021?
Your parents may have gotten their first job just by walking into their dream business, demanding to speak with the boss, and magically starting work on Mondays.
But in 2021, that probably won’t happen. There is a good chance that you will be escorted by locals instead.
On the other hand, what can make the difference in today’s job search is a well-designed digital resume.
What is a digital CV?
The term pretty much speaks for itself. A digital CV is a CV that your future employer or a recruiter can access online via a link.
As you can see, the basic definition of digital CV is relatively vague. For this reason, a digital CV can take many forms – CV online, wallet, professional website, LinkedIn profile, or even Video CV.
Now that question is, if a company’s human resources representative Google searched for your name, what would they find? If the answer is your personal social media accounts, you are probably reducing your chances of finding a job.
Now let’s take a look at each of the many digital resume forms we mentioned above.
Digital CV type # 1: Portfolio
From software engineers and designers to painters, writers or even students and academics. If you’re a creator of any kind and applying for creative jobs, you’ll want to showcase your work.
This is your opportunity to show not only your current skill level, but also how far you’ve come. This way, potential employers can assess your potential for growth and future progress. It does not mean to include your first job or just any job. Be selective and show what you are capable of, your individuality and your best work in general.
One of the best ways to build your digital portfolio is to use one of the many online tools – choose based on the type of work you do. Just to name a few:
If you’re a software engineer, you’ve probably come across the popular idea that GitHub is now your resume. After all, it makes sense that a profession that revolves primarily around crafting objects finally gets its own version of a portfolio. Ultimately, you want to show potential employers what you can do instead of just telling them you can do it. And employers like to be able to see it.
For a graphically beautiful and clean portfolio, Canva is the right choice. Valuable especially for designers and artists of all genres, Canva lets you choose a template or DIY your own design to show off your best work. Canva itself recommends prioritizing quality over quantity, focusing on your best work, and choosing a variety of pieces. We couldn’t agree more.
WordPress, Way, or other blogging services
For the aspiring writer or journalist, sharing your articles with the world (and future employers) is obviously crucial. WordPress, a free publishing service, lets you do just that. Pick your theme, build your website, and start writing. If you don’t know where to start, there are some helpful guides online like this one.
Digital CV Type # 2: Personal Website
Think of your personal website as an introduction to you as a professional. Ideally, you want it to be a hub that can guide employers to other parts of your online presence that you want them to see.
And what would they be, you ask? I can be your portfolio, your LinkedIn account, or whatever else is relevant. The key is to make it easily accessible and streamlined. You are trying to grab the visitor’s attention. Basically, you present yourself as a brand.
While building your own landing page or website can seem quite daunting at first, there are plenty of tools out there that will make it a lot easier.
If you don’t have any experience in creating and designing websites, try Wix. This provider has lots of gorgeous ready-to-go designs and comes with a free plan that has everything you need to build a simple yet effective landing page. You can integrate your social media accounts if it’s relevant to your profession, and it comes with analytics tools that will help you promote your landing page.
Of course, there are plenty of other services that will help you build your landing page. You may have heard of Square space, which also has a 14-day trial. Landigi allows you to personalize their models which it classifies by objective and by sector. Take a look to decide which landing page builder might be the best for you here. Try a few and see for yourself which one works best for you.
Type 3 digital CV: online CV
If you prefer the feel of a traditional PDF CV but want to add a little spice, some CV makers offer visually pleasing website templates and even allow you to host your CV on their domain. All you have to do is send a link to the businesses and you are good to go.
Kickresume allows you to choose from a variety of customizable templates that match the personal brand you want to present to your potential employers. Besides sharing your CV online, it also allows you to turn your existing CV into a normal website. It can save you a lot of time if you want both a CV and a personal website as you only have to create the CV.
Cake Resume Also provides professional resume templates for different industries and allows you to share your resume online with a link. To make the whole process easier, you can even use their generator to convert your original CV into a CV template.
Type 4 digital CV: LinkedIn
When it comes to building a professional online presence, you can’t do without a LinkedIn profile.
The main advantage of LinkedIn as a platform is that it is a social network. It allows you to search for potential employers and contact the right people at the companies you would like to work for. Proactively engaging with people who can help you land a job can make your job search a little less difficult. In addition, 122 million people have already been interviewed via LinkedIn. This is not to be laughed at.
Digital CV Type # 5: Video CV
Maybe you really want to stand out from the crowd. Maybe part of your dream job involves speaking in public and you want to show it through a video resume, or your job depends on your skills as a dancer or performer. Ultimately, as long as it makes sense in the context of the job you want, you can present your skills however you want.
However, keep in mind that in most jobs it’s really best to stick with conventional means. According to a study, only 3% of employers prefer a video CV.
Rule of thumb: Always determine if it is relevant to the job. The key is to tailor your resume to your chosen career path. It might not be the best idea to send a video of yourself reading poetry to a job posting that requires someone to manage databases. However, if you are applying for a direct customer facing position with high stakes (think sales for a young business), you can bet and try and do something different.
To sum up, think about the type of job you’re applying for and the values of each company. If it’s a start-up, something bright and modern is likely to succeed. If you are applying for an investment banker job, you might want to stick with something more conservative.
When creating your portfolio, landing page, or digital resume, focus on quality over quantity. There are always services that can help you and each provider has abundant resources on how to use their services.
And to answer the key question – yes, you will almost certainly need a digital CV in the 21st century!
–Barbora Stanková is a writer at Kickresume, a professional resume maker trusted by over a million job seekers around the world.