Let these personal CV mind map examples guide your own job search.
I was never big on mind maps.
I preferred making prioritized checklists and to do lists with sub-lists when needed. Back in 2002, I organized all of our wedding plans using a lists app on my Palm Treo and it was a thing of beauty, if I say so myself.
When I first tried mind mapping, my mind maps were always the same- one center node that branched off to a list of nodes, and each one had its own sub-list of nodes.
Since I wasn't doing it properly, I wasn't getting the benefits, so it's no surprise that I didn't find them very useful.
But I came back to them a few years ago, and the freedom of branching out in all directions was really liberating. I don't mind map every day, but when I'm in a strategic mood, they're now my go-to tool.
You can use mind maps to:
1. Review your career to date, such as for preparing a work portfolio
2. Snapshot your network of contacts, or at least the relevant people for your current job search
3. Brainstorm, plan and track your job search, right down to companies to target
4. Prepare for an upcoming job interview, including questions to ask
And of course, you can use a mind map about yourself as a creative resume.
Working on my CV as a mindmap…
— Robert Strauch 🇪🇺 (@straurob) January 28, 2017
Not necessarily to send to recruiters, but definitely as a story-telling aid when pitching your accomplishments to anyone who might find a more formal resume boring.
Here's a large group of people who've done just that.
You could say these are mind maps people created about “me, I and myself.”
Zehra Oguz Lebrun
Marina De Roover
Syed Ahmad Mursil
Lars Henrik Dahl
Mohamed is a Tony Buzan Licensed Instructor, so he knows mind mapping.
What others are saying
Bonus 1: Mind mapping tools
If you'd like to mind map your own resume, here are some free tools:
MindMeister is another online mind mapping site with very handy features. Their basic/free plan is very limited (you're only allowed to save 3 mind maps) but they provide a free resume mind map template so you can get started quickly:
Bonus 2: The Power of a Mind to Map
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