Leonardo Da Vinci’s CV

As a recruitment company dealing with CV’s day in, day out – it has often crossed minds whether the CV is now an outdated artefact and that we should look for better ways to apply for jobs.

The first official Curriculum Vitae was created and used by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1482, we can only presume to propose his artistic skills to one of the Kings in his era. That means we are still using a 500 year old document to apply for jobs today!

In our May News Post: ‘Job Seekers: Did you know?’ we highlighted some realities for current job applicants – One spelling or grammar mistake will result in your CV being binned, 76% of CV’s are ignored if the email is unprofessional – it is also worth mentioning that employers spend on average 5-7 seconds looking at a CV and there is only a 17% chance a cover letter will be even read. So, let’s examine what recruiters are looking for in a CV:

  • They wish to see your last 2 positions, at a push your last 3
  • They want to know your highest education level
  • Perhaps a few relevant skills for the job
  • Perhaps a short covering letter telling the employer why they should be hired

The above is not a CV, but perhaps just a profile helping a recruiter signal the first initial yes or no. So why, is it coerced to list all work experience, qualifications, skills and hobbies – when in reality it is never really read? What if potential employers were satisfied with the minimal amount of information as set out above, with a link to an online LinkedIn profile for a full portfolio. It could make application processes for entry level jobs much easier and quicker for both a candidate and employer. But then, just think how old Leonardo Da Vinci would have applied using this strategy:

Name: Leonardo Da Vinci

Residence: Florence

Last Work Experiences:  1494 to 1499 – “The Last Supper” for Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, 1503 to 1506 – “Mona Lisa” for King Francis I of France

Education: None

Doesn’t stand out so much now does it?