If you’re anything like me, you’ve put out a few job applications, haven’t really heard anything and realize this whole job-search thing is going to be a steep up-hill battle. I know I have an impressive resume, but so do the other hundreds of job applicants up against me, and I’m becoming more and more aware that maybe a simple black and white word document isn’t going to do the trick anymore. I’ve seen people with amazing personal websites, crazy cool infographic resumes, and now people are even “pinning” their work on their Pinterest boards! After researching all of the new, innovative ways people are making their resumes more tech-friendly and eye-catching, there are endless possibilities for creating the “wow” factor. An article from U.S. News outlines five ways many job seekers are showcasing their resumes online:
1. Create an infographic. If you’ll be working with data or visuals on the job, an infographic resume might be the way to go. These are naturally packed full of information, which means you’ll have ample opportunity to strut your stuff. Below is an example of social media strategist, Hagan Blount’s infographic resume:2. Produce a video. A video resume allows the hiring manager to get a feel for your personality before meeting you in person. And since likeability and cultural fit are often high priorities when considering a candidate, introducing yourself via video can put you ahead of your competition. You’ll need multimedia skills and a friendly, upbeat-yet-professional personality to make this work, so if cameras and editing tools aren’t your strong point, it might be smarter to skip this option. Alternatively, consider a tool like Hello There that does some of the legwork for you.
3. Use a QR code. For techies, QR codes—or barcodes that direct you to a website when read by a smart phone—present the possibility of opportunity. The code itself isn’t difficult to generate. What’s more time-consuming is figuring out where that code will take your potential employer; whatever is at the other end has to be impressive. Make sure the hiring manager will understand and appreciate this technology before using it as part of your pitch.
4. Just go digital. LinkedIn works for getting your experience and skills online, but what if you displayed your resume on your own website? Even without interactive bells and whistles, offering a good-looking resume at a URL rather than on a piece of paper shows you’re ahead of the curve.
5. Pitch yourself with a PowerPoint. If you’re looking to work at a presentation-oriented company and can convince the hiring manager to click through more than one page, a PowerPoint might be the right choice for you. Pitching your skills isn’t the only way to approach this; you could also offer ideas on how the company could become more effective and the role you’d play in that transformation. Prezi has become a large attraction for soon-to-be grads as well as an alternative to standard PowerPoints.
What are some other creative ways to get your resume online and noticed? Let us know!