Swiss job seeker pioneers Bitstrips CV

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Swiss job seeker pioneers Bitstrips CV
Part of Dlala's cartoon CV.

A 29-year-old Swiss man in search of a new job used a novel way to attract recruiters by crafting a CV using Bitstrips, a mobile phone app that allows users to communicate through cartoons.


Tarik Dlala, a native of the canton of Valais now based in Lausanne, has succeeded in drawing media attention for his unorthodox curriculum vitae.

With 12 cartoon images, Dlala, seeking a job in communications, gives a concise overview of his background, education and job experience.

He told Le Huffington Post, the French-language online media site, that it took about seven hours to assemble the CV.

“I needed two half-days,” Dlala told Le Huff Post.

“The first was to create my Bitstrips account, personalize my avatar and above all to find good images,” he said.

“The second (half-day was needed) to put together the scenes with Photoshop and InDesign.”

Dlala, a graduate of the Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) with a federal diploma in commerce, has held short-term contract jobs in addition to creating his own communications agency

After publishing the comic-book CV on jobs and marketing sites, Dlala received numerous messages of congratulation in addition to interview proposals.

“I got a job interview on Thursday and I will have another next week,” Dlala told Le Huff Post.

Bitstrips, a free downloadable app designed for smartphones, has become a hit with users of social media as a hip way to communicate with friends.

Once you have registered, the app allows a user to create an “avatar” or figure that resembles him or her, choosing colours, hair styles and even body shapes.

Then you can select a variety of pre-drawn images that can be used with added dialogue and captions to communicate by publishing through social media such as Facebook.

Above: The final strip in Dlala's CV.



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