Poll: Do you use a watermark on your resume/CV?
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Teresa Borges
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No Jul 27, 2017

As I answered 2 years ago to the same question: At my age and after working in translation full-time for over 30 years (plus a few years part-time) I am seldom asked for my CV as I have established a good client base and new customers are usually referred by existing clients: word of mouth has been my best advertising!

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ventnai  Identity Verified
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What purpose? Jul 27, 2017

I'm not sure if it would serve any purpose. The information can still be copied. I generally try to minimise information unless I trust the point of access.

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Connected Trans  Identity Verified
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No Jul 27, 2017

I can see its use as a security feature, but I only make my CV available to clients who ask directly for it or when bidding on a job, so it is unlikely that my CV will be stolen. As an ornament/brand feature rather than a security feature, I can't see the use. My CV already clearly states who I am!

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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No Jul 27, 2017

There might be some tear drops on the invoice if I feel that I shouldn't have lowered the price a fraction. Otherwise, no.

Oh, and I don't use a CV. I use a CB or Capabilities Brochure. After all, I'm not a newbie fresh out of college running around for my first job.

Added last line as an afterthought.

[Edited at 2017-07-27 12:43 GMT]


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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No CV Jul 27, 2017

My business brochure used to have a "watermark", my name, fond 9 or 8, across the center of the pages. But more recently I've just used passwords to protect the included information.

@ Julian, does your computer screen really "transmit" tears onto an electronic page? If you'd get that patent, you'll be rich in a heartbeat.


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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Figuratively speaking Jul 27, 2017

Thayenga wrote:

@ Julian, does your computer screen really "transmit" tears onto an electronic page? If you'd get that patent, you'll be rich in a heartbeat.


@Thayenga
This watermark is invisible except to trained watery eyes.


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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No Jul 27, 2017

As I think I've said before, who cares?

If someone pretends they're me, so what?

Surely it's only an issue if we compete for the same work. Which we won't.

But if we did, I'd still get the work because I'm me, as opposed to someone who has to pretend to be someone else to compete for work.


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Martha Schwan  Identity Verified
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I used to Jul 27, 2017

I once used a watermark in my resume, but someone told me that was not very professional. I did remove it

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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A watermark? No Jul 27, 2017

A logo? Yes.

My CV, business cards, blog and website all carry my logo. Even some of my translations carry my logo.

A watermark comes in two flavors (I know you guys know this):

a) The physical, basrelief watermark
b) The electronic watermark

RE: Martha, whoever told you having a watermark on a document is unprofessional does not know what he/she is talking about.


RE: Chris S, you could have a watermark of a guy/gal riding a bicycle, very stylized.



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Leticia Klemetz, CT  Identity Verified
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I agree! Jul 27, 2017

I also have my logo. I have a watermark on my youtube videos though (as a digital nomad)

Mario Chavez wrote:

A logo? Yes.

My CV, business cards, blog and website all carry my logo. Even some of my translations carry my logo.

A watermark comes in two flavors (I know you guys know this):

a) The physical, basrelief watermark
b) The electronic watermark

RE: Martha, whoever told you having a watermark on a document is unprofessional does not know what he/she is talking about.


RE: Chris S, you could have a watermark of a guy/gal riding a bicycle, very stylized.



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Ana Florencia Fernandez
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I'd like to add a watermark. Jul 27, 2017

I will add it to my to-do list.

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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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No Jul 28, 2017

And I agree with Martha regarding logos, pictures, etc. The CV is strictly personal and business items are not part of it. If you want to use a logo in a prospect of your business, ok, but not in a CV.

Regarding security purposes, it may be useful, but pretty inefficient too.

[Edited at 2017-07-28 07:48 GMT]


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Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
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no Jul 28, 2017

I have a profile, not a CV. I don't see the point of watermarking such a short text that can be copied simply by typing fast for fewer than ten minutes.

My profile not being very typical, I'm not sure that it's worth copying anyway. It'd be hard for an impersonator to keep up my standards of quirkiness


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