Occupying a seat vs. show me your skill

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I'm still not looking for a new job, and - given the circumstances - luckily I don't even have to. Still, after having met some people and having received a couple of interesting propositions I realized that I didn't even have a CV. The latest version I had was 7 years old, something that I used for getting my actual job. Since then I've been eagerly updating my Linkedin profile to document what I've done, but even though I enjoy reading articles about how to craft high-quality resumés I never actually refreshed my CV.

I knew exactly that I'd want a single page resumé and that I'd like to focus on what I have achieved, not what I have done. At the same time, I also remembered a couple of things that Yegor wrote in his 2 cents on how to pimp up a resumé.

I know that this thought-provoking guy doesn't value a lot the company where you "managed to occupy a seat", he is interested in about what you do. That's good but I still thought that combining the owners of my chairs and what I've done at those places has a significant value. Especially given that most of my professional activity is related to my workplace, and we don't do a lot of open source code, at least not in my team.

At the same time, I wanted to include some links to my most interesting online appearances, a list of skills grouped by my level of expertise, and my public speaking experience as I've started to speak at conferences and plan to keep doing so.

For my previous position, I managed to put in some numbers as achievements, but not yet for my current job. We lack some statistics, I went with using strong verbs for the moment. Anyways, this is what I came up with:

My Original CV

I sent it to Yegor as I was interested in his opinion. He told me that he liked the layout, but he would have preferred to read more about what I do, who I am, and less about the places where "I managed to occupy a seat". Meaning that I should move my jobs to the left part and put my skills and interests to the center.

It felt strange. Okay, to be perfectly honest, it still does. But on the other hand, I realized that I have more technical skills to add, so I could update the previous version too (that's what I included above). So it was definitely worth doing the exercise.

I came up with the below resume and got better feedback for it, though I still prefer the first one.

My Flipped CV

What do you think? Which way do you prefer?

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I would prefer the 2nd one, mainly because it's more about you as a professional rather than just your achievements. I might get bored reading the 1st one with so much of content on it. The 2nd one gives you a chance to discuss what you achieved and make the interviewer more curious about how you managed to do it.


Thanks, Shrey! That's very interesting!


For me, the 2nd one, but only just, because it drops the soft skills that demonstrate roundedness, empathy and other stuff that matter in a team.
I wonder if anyone has tried a rose diagram to show skills/experience (possibly based on SFIA framework)? This would make it super accessible at a glance.


Thanks for your feedback, Phil. So you prefer the second one because there are no soft skills section in it?

I have never tried the rose diagram, but I've seen it. It looks nice for sure. Do you think it adds a lot of value?


Oops - misunderstood in the written word (again!), I just prefer the 2nd one, despite that fact it omits the soft skills - I think they are really important!

I have never seen a skills rose diagram in a CV, I thought it might be fun to try and create one to create impact.

Thanks for the clarification, it's clear now!