A Facebook CV!

Sabrina Saccoccio created a new kind of CV, the CV-like facebook page.

And it is quite creative and powerful. I am a big fan of new kind of CVs (see my WHAT IS A CV IN 2010?).

The good things about this kind of CV:

- She shows creativity

- She creates a buzz on the internet

- She shows that she understands how to communicate

- She showcases her skills in a light manner and is able to grab the recruiter’s attention

- She has put many recommendations which is something I like, it shows her professional credibility in the industry

The points at risk:

- Sometimes recruiters may think it is too much, it is funny and it creates buzz, but is it serious?

- Information is a bit difficult to sort out as her work experience is in the second page on the left side

- Too much humor is not funny anymore?!

I really think that for her industry (she is a TV, radio print and web producer), it is an efficient tool and a very much creative CV. It grabs attention and creates buzz, and a positive one!

And this is the main purpose of a CV: being targeted! If you don’t craft a CV with the end goal in mind, it won’t work. It will be the usual boring CV (see Why your CV is boring and ineffective).

Here is another way to use social media and overcome the boring side of the CV!

And you, would you do a facebook CV?

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  1. Florence @ 2010-03-23 10:16

    Hi Laurent,

    Very intersting article as usual.

    Let’s start by answering the question: I wouldn’t put my cv on facebook. I could be wrong but I see facebook as a mean to keep in touch with friends and try to be extremely careful who accesses my info, photos etc… This means that I would not put my cv up only for my friends to be able to see it. I see Linkedin as a much better place for that sort of things. If I was to put my cv on facebook I would remove all the other things ie photos and so on as it would need to be available for everyone to see (and I don’t want to make photos of my friends and family available to complete strangers).

    The other very valid point you are making is that this can work for creative industries where you need to differentiate yourself. For the others however, I feel cvs need to remain fairly straight forward. Sense of humour in a cv is generally a big NO from my point of view.

    I am very interested to see what other people think of this.
    F

  2. Great article Laurent. Visual CV is having the same approach which I find more in tune with a working tool than Facebook. I agree with Florence on the fact that Facebook is a way to stay in touch with friends rather than promoting yourself as a professional.
    However, it’s also how you market yourself on Facebook. You might choose NOT to use it to connect with friends but essentially to use its tools such as the CV one.
    As for Sabrina’s CV, I find it great! creative and fun, but not too much.

  3. I am with Florence on this. There is huge debate at present on whether info on social media sites should be used to make recruitment decisions. My argument is that my Twitter and Linked In profiles are used for business and open to all. Facebook is where I keep in touch with friends. However I am setting up a separate FB account which I will use to offer free HR advice to small businesses starting up. I think its about deciding the purpose of each network and sticking with it.

  4. Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by laurentbrouat: Do you have a Facebook CV? http://bit.ly/9BhjSu

  5. One problem I see with this kind of “creative” CV is that most applicant tracking systems won’t hold the formatting… yet. However, we are seeing a trend where systems can accept additional docs, video resumes, etc – so I do believe CVs are moving in this direction.

    Another trend is for employers to use more social media and learn about the whole person rather than whatever is on the CV.

    Personally, I don’t view facebook as professional. I think Linked In profiles are a superior format for online profile CVs since it includes recommendations, activity and connections in a more business-oriented context.

  6. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Dix-Katre, Supergilbys, Laurent Brouat, Christian Reiß, Laurent Brouat and others. Laurent Brouat said: Thks for the RT, Facebook CV, http://bit.ly/9BhjSu @gabriel3muw @todayshrnews @workfanatic @sourcerkelly @dixquatre @maltaee @_personaler_ [...]

  7. This is terrific! Note, recruiting isn’t just for recruiters any more. Social media makes it easy for everyone to connect job seekers with jobs.

    Hiring managers, and people who know of job openings, are on Facebook. As recruiters love to attract Passive Candidates … I think candidates should love to attract Passive (or active) Hiring Managers.

    For this case, I believe the classic recruiter, or the classic resume capturing system, is not “the target audience.”

    Brilliant.

    – Polly Pearson

  8. Hi Polly,
    Thanks for your comment.
    I agree that the classic recruiter or classy system is not the audience…but the people are the audience :)

  9. Hi,
    Interesting the CV in Facebook and in mi opinion a good strategy, of course depending on the target. Facebook is used more and more by people with strategic position in firms, depending also on the sector.
    I’ve just see this CV on YouTube and I think is very interesting
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n420h8bxvw&feature=player_embedded#

    I know that maybe you’ll not understand it because it is in Spanish. This guy, Giorgio Fastulo is using a movie with Hitler, where it says that Hitler wants to hire him for his online marketing campaign. And in the video, Giorgio explains all his studies and work experience. Is like he would say that Hitle lost the war because he didn’t hired him :)
    Regards,
    Vasilica

  10. Hi Vasilica,
    Thanks for sharing the link…it is quite provocative!

  11. Hi Laurent,

    Very intersting article as usual.

    Let’s start by answering the question: I wouldn’t put my cv on facebook. I could be wrong but I see facebook as a mean to keep in touch with friends and try to be extremely careful who accesses my info, photos etc… This means that I would not put my cv up only for my friends to be able to see it. I see Linkedin as a much better place for that sort of things. If I was to put my cv on facebook I would remove all the other things ie photos and so on as it would need to be available for everyone to see (and I don’t want to make photos of my friends and family available to complete strangers).

    The other very valid point you are making is that this can work for creative industries where you need to differentiate yourself. For the others however, I feel cvs need to remain fairly straight forward. Sense of humour in a cv is generally a big NO from my point of view.

    I am very interested to see what other people think of this.
    F

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