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500 Years of CV History [INFOGRAPHIC]

If you're interested in perfecting your CV then you'll want to better understand what a CV represents, its history of it, and what it can do for you! Careers used to be founded on apprenticeship and knowledge of the locals and lasted a lifetime.

These days we move around a lot more, both geographically and within different career roles, and the resume is vital to quickly and easily explain your knowledge and experience to prospective employers.

Take a look at this infographic by the National Career Service to find out more about the history of a CV and what you can use to market yourself better these days.

In summary:

  • The first CV was written by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1482, so these informative notes have been around for a long time!

  • During the past 100 years, and particularly since 1950, the CV has developed into a necessary part of the job application process.

  • During the 1950s CVs and job applications included personal details such as height, weight, age, and religion.

  • The 1970s and the development of PCs allow CVs to be word-processed rather than hand-written for each job application.

  • The 1990s sees the expansion of the internet which allows individuals to get better insight into job roles and advice about writing CVs.

  • The 2020s and social media make their mark, particularly when LinkedIn offers online profiles which are effectively dynamic CVs.

  • YouTube allows video CVs to be common ways to communicate with employers.

  • The Lifelong Learning Account offered by the UK Government allows you to save your CV and details of your training and learning information online for free so you'll never have to spend hours trawling old paperwork to find all those details!

500 Years of CV History [INFOGRAPHIC]

500 Years of CV History [INFOGRAPHIC]

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