The History of the CV
(A.K.A. CV, Resume)
Born: 1482, Italy
1482Leonardo Da Vinci creates the first professional CV. His outlined skills and experience include rock flinging, creating lightweight bridges and - in times of peace - sculpture.
1500sThe practice of writing a ‘resume’ develops from travelling workers looking to introduce themselves to a local guildsman or lord.
1930sCVs are no more than informal hand-written scribblings made at interviews or meetings.
In 1937 Napoleon Hill publishes ‘Think and Grow Rich’. Number 6 in the “steps to success” includes how to write a killer resume.
1950sCVs become formalised, and are widely expected during job applications. They generally include personal information such as religion, marital status and weight.
1960sApplicants begin to add likes and outside interests to their CVs, building up a more complete picture of candidates’ personalities.
1970sComputer companies begin to produce the first word processors, bringing greater consistency to CV content.
1984The first guide solely devoted to CVs is published, creatively named ‘How to Write Your CV’.
1995The commercial world wide web is formed, leading to a number of online job resources and directories for employers and prospective employees being created.
Google is later founded in 1998, further streamlining job-seekers’ online searches.
2003LinkedIn launches as a new web tool for job networking and recommendations, part of trend of web tools increasingly bringing CVs online.
2007Video sites such as YouTube enable video CVs to become common - and even required - for some roles.
TodayUsing a Lifelong Learning Account anyone in England can store their CV, along with a host of other career, training and learning information in one free, safe online location.
Account-holders can also use a host of online tools, like CV Builder to create a professional CV from scratch.