How to write a CV like Beyonce
When one of my friends is faced with a dilemma, she always asks herself this question: 'What would Beyonce do?' And why wouldn't you? Fan or not, you have to admit Beyoncé is a woman at the top of her game. She’s got attitude, confidence and completely commands your attention. As we’re in the business of looking at CVs for a living, it got me wondering, if Beyoncé wrote a CV, what would it be like?
Let's suspend our disbelief for a minute and think about that...she'd nail it, right? With that in mind, here are some Beyoncé-style tips on making sure your CV makes it to the top of the pile…
This is very important. Get yourself in the Beyoncé frame of mind – listen to something empowering. (Beyonce is an obvious choice here but at the minute I'm into Cher) Maybe do some lunges. Or strut around your living room for 5 minutes in a very confident manner. Do it in front of a mirror for maximum effect. (Heels optional)
Beyoncé would never have typos – she’s a perfectionist. Check your spelling and grammar – then get someone else to proof read it. Spelling mistakes and bad grammar will get you noticed for all the wrong reasons. It has to be flawless.
Keep it to two pages max. All killer, no filler. Beyoncé knows how to put an album together. Think of your CV as your greatest hits – no need to fill it with waffle.
'It should be all killer, no filler.'
Keep it classy, you wouldn't see Beyonce throwing lots of fonts around at once. It should be slick with a simple layout. Avoid using lots of fonts and italics - otherwise it’s all talking at once.
Beyoncé knows how to stand out. Single. Name. Status. Says it all really. That’s probably a bit much to ask for a CV but you want to be seen as a person, not just a name on a page.
Put your name and contact details at the top. Then write a short paragraph about yourself – get the hook in there straight away. Who you are and what are you all about? ‘Reading, swimming and socialising’ aren’t going to cut it. Be specific, put something memorable.
'Your most recent [job] should have the most detail. Think less Destiny's Child, more Lemonade'
Work experience and education should be in reverse chronological order and the most recent one should have the most detail. Think less Destiny’s Child – more Lemonade.
No photos please
Beyoncé’s accolades speak for themselves. You don’t have to include a photograph in your CV. You’ll be employed for your skills and attributes rather than your use of a wind-machine or your selfie skills.
NB. Just realised you could swap the word Beyonce out for Cher and this article still works. Take from that what you will.