Producing a polished CV can be a huge pain. People hate doing it for the simple fact that it’s time consuming. Why is it time consuming? You’ve got to input and organize gobs of information and, when that’s done, you’ve got to format and design it. But what if the process could be simpler? Well, it can be.
But before we get to how, let’s take a moment to emphasize the importance of a really good CV. A CV that is on-point can mean the difference between getting your foot in the door for your dream job or never getting a call back. A professional and impressive CV tells the people you’re dealign with that you can be taken seriously, that you’re thorough and that you know how to get things done (right). And at the same time a poorly-designed and thoughtless CV is akin to shooting oneself in the foot. Submitting the wrong CV closes doors of opportunity and it’s the dumbest mistake because you CAN submit a killer CV that gives you a leg up on the competition.
Of course you could open up Microsoft Word or Apple’s Pages — or any number of writing apps for that matter. In fact, that’s probably what most people’s first inclination is when creating a CV. But while that approach may appeal to some, I think there are plenty of other people who will jump at the chance to use a CV builder like Seeveeze (say that a few times in your head and you’ll get it).
Seeveeze makes building a stunning CV easy. Just input your information in an easy to use form and watch as your CV magically formats itself. Yes, you can watch it all happen in realtime thanks to the preview feature. Are you starting to see why this is so awesome?
All you need to do is supply the information and Seeveeze takes care of everything else. Forget about trying to design your CV; you’re not a designer and chances are that will show (and if you are, still, think of all the time you can save and put into polishing up your portfolio instead).
The big benefit? It’s completely free to use. And if you want more templates to choose from it will cost you less than a cup of coffee.
The interface is pretty easy to use. Just click on the green button on the homepage to get started. Then you’ll see some fields to fill in including General Information, Work Experience, Education, etc.
One feature that I really like is the ability to populate the fields with sample information in case you need or want an example to work from. You can pre-fill the fields using sample backgrounds like a communication professional, engineer or person who works in a legal field.
And even easier than that is being able to import your information directly from LinkedIn. That’s pretty cool; that means that if you’ve got a current LinkedIn profile you’re CV or resume is essentially as good as written if you’re using Seeveeze.
Finally, if you need some pointers there’s a great resource you can access for tips on crafting a powerful CV.
If you do choose to upgrade to the Premium version, one extra you’ll appreciate will be the direct link you’ll receive to your CV which you can share with anyone online.
So if you’re looking for a job let this be your first tip: make your CV (resume) as awesome as you are. There are so many things you don’t have any control over when you’re job hunting; you can’t control who else applies, for instance, or whether or not the person you are interviewing with will be in a good mood. But one thing you can control is your CV. So make it count!