A friend of mine recently wanted to pick my brains on CVs and resumes in the User Experience field:
I need to update my CV, do you know of any good CV template websites? Mine looks pretty old school now, so I’m keen to freshen it, and give it a new look. Also, any ideas on alternative formats, I remember seeing something about visual CVs?
I am posting a slightly edited version of my quick response below that has useful pointers to various online resources.
“In regards to CVs, you might want to have a look at these thought-provoking blog posts:
- 37signals: Forget the resume, kill on the cover letter
- Seth Godin: Why bother having a resume?
- Guy Kawasaki: What Employers Want to See on Your Resume
- Scott Berkun: Notes for job seekers in UI design – see section Resumes, resumes, resumes…
- Joel Spolksy: Sorting Resumes – focusing on development roles.
The resume template itself is secondary really. But if you insist:
Overall I would suggest finding out everything you can about the role and the people involved (managers and peers) and investing effort in putting together a very impressive cover letter and maybe a presentation for them, and spending less time on the resume.
In the end it’s all about your attitude rather than the paperwork!”
What other resources would you recommend for putting together a kick-ass User Experience CV?
Update: Make sure you read Five Tips for Kicking Ass at an Interview over at Carsonified, too.