7 Steps For Creating A Visual CV

7 Steps for creating a visual CV

A few weeks ago we discussed with some colleagues about this whole thing with visual CV‘s and whether they are optimal or not. All of you have probably seen these amazing engaging and beautifully designed CV‘s out there on the internet, and wondered how to make one yourself? If your answer is yes, I’ll let you know a few secrets to this after a bunch of research and also playing around myself with creating different templates.

7 Steps for creating a visual CV

1. Ask yourself: is this suitable for my industry?
If you’re applying for a job in i.e. catering, a visual CV might not help you at all and might be taking you more time to create than it’s worth. But, if you’re a budding graphic designer or applying for a suitable position in marketing, then it might be valuable to show of your design skills. Like this guy did.

2. If you said “Yes! I need a visual CV”, hold on a bit.
I would say that a good golden rule is to have a pretty traditional 1 max 2 page CV at hand in any case, because often they get printed out in black and white and all your visual and colourful elements won’t show. That being said, add a nice visual CV to your LinkedIn profile and depending on the job you’re applying for send them also the more visually appealing CV.

3. Before sending out anything, make sure you actually have the visual skills needed.
There’s no point in sending out a half-ass CV, so make sure you actually have the skills needed. It doesn’t have to be complicated to make, there’s tons of excellent templates and sites out there for this purpose. Just make sure the end product is of great quality.

4. List only relevant information for the position.
A visual CV can get very cluttered if you try and list everything you’ve done in your life. The easy fix here is to only list the things that are relevant for the position you’re seeking (as is the guideline for any CV). You can always reference to your social accounts, LinkedIn page or an online CV for further information. For example an about.me page!

5. Do NOT use too much colour or too many fonts.
If you want to use a bit of colour to make the CV more appealing or eye-catching, make sure you use a moderate amount of it. And choose visually appealing colours – usually earthy tones, rather than bright “screaming” ones. Use max 2-3 different colours in total and coordinate them, i.e. headings in one colour and text in one. The same goes for fonts, use only max 2 to make it more visually coherent.

6. Add a nice photo of yourself and possibly in the background.
The photo of yourself should be a professional photo if possible. Look happy and make sure it’s pretty clear in terms of background and quality of the image. If you want to add some kind of extra photo in the CV as a background, as I did in the example below, make sure it’s a pretty neutral one and of good quality.

7. While you’re at it – add visual elements.
Add visual elements such as boxes, grids, lines, dots, scales etc. It can be a fun way of showing i.e. your skills on a scale or highlight important parts in the CV.


Here’s my example of a visual CV I made. Still not perfect, but a very good start! Made based on a template on Canva.

Jasmine Zelda Kukko Visual CV

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Jasmine Zelda is a twenty-something Swedish-speaking Finn from Hanko, Finland. In 2017 she took the leap and moved to Amsterdam, Netherlands to follow her dreams and to build an international marketing career. She has previously lived in Paris and southern France, upstate New York, USA and Sweden. She has a passion for writing, social media, marketing, PR and appreciates the small good things in life.

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