Free CV Template for 2019: The one-page resumé template that (still) doesn’t suck.

My old post A CV Template That Doesn’t Suck is still one of the most popular ones. And it totally makes sense given how many crappy CVs I’ve had the misfortune of receiving over the past few years.

People invariably know, deep down, two things:

  1. A sucky CV doesn’t get you interviews
  2. Your CV probably sucks

The problem however is that many people are not designers of professional copywriters. As a recruiter I know this and I do my best to provide leeway. But not all recruiters do that and, more importantly, even with the best will in the world subconscious bias is what it is.

So I’ve put together an updated CV template for you to use in 2019. It is a publicly available Google Doc that you are free to copy for your personal use. No credit needed — just let me know if it gets you the job :-)

Here’s what it looks like and instructions follow:

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Instructions for Use

  • Your CV is not the place to expound at length on your accomplishments and how well you managed such and such a team in so and so place. A CV is meant to be a brief and accurate snapshot of factual material pertaining to your professional history. So, do your absolute best to keep it super short and super clear.

  • At first it might seem counter-intuitive but, the bigger your accomplishments the quicker you should be able to explain them. To take an extreme example, Tim Berners-Lee’s CV only requires one line: “Invented world wide web.” Now it’s unlikely that you’re on my site if you’re that impressive but the counter-principle applies: the longer you waffle on the more I get the impression that you’re blagging.
  • The place for explaining in detail your accomplishments is your cover letter (or email, or portfolio, or GitHub profile, or whatever). This does not mean that you should put the waffling there. You should still put the effort in to keep it concise.

Best of luck.

Farewell Alex

Every time I see a burrito — IRL or on TV — Alex comes to mind. And I hope he always will. His passion for burritos was eclipsed only by WordPress.

Alex has battled cancer for about three years — very bravely — and yesterday his family announced that he passed away peacefully, at home.

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Some of you will disagree with me that burritos came second in his priority list after WordPress. “What about the cars?” you’ll say. Well, after spending an entire evening wandering around Portland in search of food he would be happy with I am personally convinced that, given the choice between a car and a burrito, he would have chosen the latter.

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I first met Alex in Italy when I was working for Automattic and responsible for the Jetpack division while the big boss was out. That is to say, I was in Italy, he was in his Portland home, and we were talking on Zoom. However, one of my associations with Alex (apart from burritos), is irrevocably the golden light of the Italian sun on the Tuscan hills.

We were talking because I had just pitched Matt on having Alex join my team and this was our first face-to-face conversation. I was a little bit nervous — Alex has an amazing reputation inside Automattic having worked there for years and pretty much touched every part of the company.

It turned out to be one of the most memorable conversations at Automattic for me. At the time he’d been working in the VaultPress team and was struggling to be productive. He was delighted that I wanted him on board and I was surprised, and delighted in turn, that he considered my offer to join the growth team an exciting one.

He jumped into marketing work with an enthusiasm I’ve rarely seen from an engineer, keen to make an impact on Jetpack’s growth. And he did because within a few short weeks he had delivered on a few tricky projects for me.

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Sadly this was short lived as just a few weeks later, perhaps a couple of months at most, he got sick with what turned out to be leukaemia.

His courage throughout the process was evident. Not just because he fought long and hard and transparently with his disease. But because, with a tenaciousness that I envy, he kept coming back to Slack to try and work, contribute, and be part of the team. In most cases these were short-lived spurts of work because he would tire easily or have to undergo another exhausting round of chemo which was debilitating.

Yet in spite of this very, very mitigating reason for not working, his work ethic was as strong as ever.

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The last time I spoke to Alex face-to-face was about a year ago. I was in London for the Affiliate Summit in early February and at the time Alex was back at work.

Because of his West Coast timezone and my UK timezone (and eight hour time difference) it was often hard to find good times to sync up on a video call. He was not much of an early riser and I have a young daughter so our overlap times were not great.

So, whenever I was travelling, having no evening family commitments, I would try to make up with an extra long catch-up call.

That time, wandering around Islington in London scouring the place for a good spot to have a call, I chanced upon the perfect spot. A small cafe with large windows right opposite a burrito joint! Sitting back to the window the Mexican take-away was my backdrop for our call which Alex found hilarious.

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That was the last time we spoke properly, apart from Facebook messaging, because a few short weeks later the team was re-organised and a few weeks after that I left Automattic.

My thoughts and love go to Alex’s family and close friends. I know that he always felt hugely supported by everyone around him.

 

Farewell Automattic. Hello Close.io.

Just over four years ago I was lucky enough to get a gig at Automattic, a company I had long admired.

The last four years have been a rollercoaster of travel, learning, and working with world-class people and entrepreneurs as I worked to improve and grow Jetpack.

It was a privilege to see the company grow from ~200 to 700+ people (all remote!), get to know world-class people like Matt MullenwegToni SchneiderJohn Maeda, and work alongside some of the best people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with including Jesse Friedman, Anthony Bubel, Sam Hotchkiss, George StephanisJames Grierson and way too many more to list.

I’m now even luckier to be joining Close.io (also remote!) as Director of Marketing with the opportunity of helping this vibrant organisation grow as well as the opportunity of learning a raft of new things myself.

Incidentally, both organisations are hiring (Automattic, Close.io) and I’m proud to recommend both of them if you’re on the hunt for a rewarding and remote position.

Kim Parsell Memorial Scholarship: Travel scholarship to WordCamp US

The WordPress Foundation recently announced the launch of the Kim Parsell Memorial Scholarship. Kim, a contributor to the WordPress project who recently passed away, was passionate about WordPress and particularly about involving women – and older women – in tech.

The scholarship will cover attendance, travel and lodging expenses for attending WordCamp US (to be held for the first time this year in Philadelphia) for people who meet specific criteria as described in the announcement post:

This specific scholarship in her memory is therefore limited only to applicants who fulfill all four requirements: a woman (this includes trans women), an active contributor to the WordPress open source project (through one of the contributor teams or as a local meetup/WordCamp organizer), someone with financial need, and someone who has never attended WordCamp San Francisco (the precursor to WCUS). There is more information on why we chose these conditions in the original announcement post.

The application deadline is September 2, 2015 so don’t wait to apply.

Charlatan, Martyr, Hustler.

Yesterday Matt mentioned this poster by Joey Roth in conversation about how to strike a balance between getting things done and designing the “perfect” product or experience.

I love posters like these where graphic designers are able to convey with just a few (21!) simple lines a relatively complicated thing to explain in words. More importantly for me this sort of depiction is even more memorable than the equivalent in text.

In a way, by creating (and selling) the poster, the designer is practicing what the poster is preaching.

Get the back story (and order a copy!) over here.