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.
How can mind mapping help my job search?
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.
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.
This is how to write a mind map of a CV
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
- What’s On Your Career Mind Map?
- The Power of Mind Maps to Build Your Career Master Plan
- Mind mapping your career
Bonus 1: Mind mapping tools
If you'd like to mind map your own resume, here are some free tools:
- Freemind – arguably the best known free, downloadable mind maping software.
- iMindmap – the only tool recommended by Tony Buzan, inventor of Mind Mapping.
- Freeplane – a better Freemind than Freemind, I switched to using this a few years ago.
- Xmind – nice user inteface and available in 7 languages.
- bubbl.us – cute tool, lets you make the mind maps in your browser window.
- Biggerplate – thousands of free mind map templates and examples
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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