The job market is so crowded that it will take a good mix of creativity and out of the box thinking to get your resume across to potential employers. You need to use fresh methods to present your resume in order to get noticed. The effort is worth it because the end result could mean getting that dream job.
Below are four ways you can showcase your resume. These methods new and cool and will definitely impress potential employers and hiring specialists:
Make a Video Resume
Who would think that a very visual medium like videos can actually work as a vehicle for presenting your resume? But it does work and there’s a good reason for it. The popularity of online video sites like YouTube and Vimeo has made it possible for just about anyone to not just create their own videos but also spread it to a wider audience. There’s also a huge advantage to creating a video resume – you are able to present yourself in a much more personal way compared the impersonality of traditional resumes. The potential employers can see your personality and also get an idea of your interpersonal skills. Yes, talking in front of the camera is different from talking in front of another person but there are certain intangibles that still get communicated through video that will never, ever translate when reading a resume. Sending a video resume is also still a very unique way of applying for a job so you’ll definitely get noticed.
Make an infographic resume
Another popular content format that you can use to your advantage is making an infographic. Using an infographic is a really clever way of presenting your resume because it is highly visual and also an effective way of presenting facts and telling a story. Everything is there in one glance and can be easily interpreted. The HR will probably even thank you for making their job easier. Remember that when you use an infographic, you should not only be factual but also visual. It has to look good but also say something substantial about your job skills and experience.
Make a website or use LinkedIn
A growing number of professionals are setting up personal websites that showcase their career milestones and experience. This is a great idea because your achievements are always online for everyone to see. Setting up a website is also a very professional move that still impresses employers (especially if you invest in your own domain name).
An alternative move is to use the popular social network for professionals LinkedIn. With an established network of professionals on your account, your resume can be shared or seen by other professionals. The cool thing here is that there is more likelihood that a person within your same industry is more likely to see your resume, which increases your job opportunities.
Use QR Codes
Experts love to call QR codes a solution that is looking for a problem. But no one can deny how useful QR codes are if implemented correctly. Putting a QR code on your printed resume is a cool way of directing people to your website or your online resume. Although anyone can use QR codes, people who work in the tech sector are the best people to use this technique.
These four ways to present your resume in a different manner can be used by anyone. Let your creativity take over and you can definitely find other ways to showcase your resume.
About The Author
Sean Stone is the owner of LikeJobs.com, a site that posts job vacancies in the Philippines.