Visual Resumes Could be the Resumes of the Future
Are you looking for a corporate or online job? Are you trying to stand out in the sea of resumes for a job? Why not try using a visual resume.
The idea of having a visual resume is a part of the popularity of visual content. Just as infographics has become a way of explaining articles in picture form, a resume that uses images to explain work history can work the same. Employers can use this document to quickly scan an applicant’s work experience without having to read text for specific keywords.
One of the best features for me is the high lighting of personal likes. This part of the resume shows how your interests can be an asset to the company. It also shows the company that you are a person. While applicants should remain professional it also can be a talking point to build a relationship between the applicant and the employer.
Why Create a Visual Resume
My husband applied for an IT position at a very lucrative company in the Detroit area. He was able to utilize his natural offline networking skills to network with this company through their Facebook page. The company and my husband began to build a relationship and was asked for his resume. Although he did not get the job due to budgeting and funding they have still kept in contact. His networking skills set him apart from every other applicant.
Now, let’s imagine if he had a visual infographic resume. He would have been able to completely set himself apart from the competition and maybe land a different position within the company.
Have you considered this: besides reading over your CV many employers will use Google to learn more about their candidates. Since there are 271 million monthly Twitter users and 1.23 billion Facebook users it is a great chance that candidates are using these social media outlets. Some are YouTubers. Whatever social medial platform is used an employer can always find out more information about their applicant. Having them find information about your credentials in a creative away will show how you can handle being a part of their team. This will mean an applicant will have to be tweeting and facebooking their links to their visual resumes.
Text Resume vs Visual Resume
Displays work experience with text
Displays work experience using graphs and bullet points
Companies scan resume for spelling errors and keywords related to job description
Keywords related to job experience easily displayed
More common way of submitting resume, less likely to grasp employers attention
Uncommon way of submitting resume, will grasp employer attention
How to Create a Visual Resume
A visual resume can be created in two ways:
- Infographic Resume Generator
It is my belief that our society has become driven by visual content through television, online videos, or slide presentations. Visual content is the fastest way to consume information. One of the simplest ways to present your professional credentials is to prepare a PowerPoint presentation and upload it to YouTube. Be sure to keep the content short and detailed enough to keep the viewers’ attention. Try to minimize the use of text that you have already used in a written resume. Utilize tables and graphs that show the progression of your work and use main bullet points to highlight your work experience.
Taking this extra step will impress an employer, as this will showcase your talents in using PowerPoint. It also demonstrates your creativity, while branding you as a unique professional. Just be sure to do the work yourself and not hire someone else to do it for you. Integrity will be one your greatest virtue in the workplace.
When you upload your video to YouTube be sure to utilize every part of the description to elaborate on your job experience. If I were using this method I would treat it as if I were doing video marketing. I would include links to relevant information such as a blog that you created, personal landing pages, or writing samples if you are applying for freelance work.
Other Ways to Display your Professional Work
LinkedIn now has a professional portfolio option that you can create with video, experience, and education. This can now be displayed on your LinkedIn profile. Find out more at Don't Say It, Display it.
About.me is an online personal landing page that is set up like a blog. It encompasses all of your professional social media platforms with biography text. You can display infographics about your credentials and display your professional experience.
Infographic Resume Generator
I recently discovered an infographic resume generator that creates an informational document about your work to be shared over social media just like an infographic. For instance, if you were using Pinterest to highlight your freelance work, then having this visual information can help you get shares or pins; and can garner the attention of those that will need your services. Also, sharing on Facebook and Twitter could help you land interviews. Before submitting your information to a company be sure to do what my husband did, build a relationship then submit your written and visual resume to the company.
To create an infographic resume you can use several different sites. The one I used in this video example is from vizualize.me
Others generators include Re.vu, Vizyfy, and ResumUP.
Technology in the Workplace
In order to stay current with the use of technology in the workplace employers and applicants are networking through social media.
Many job fairs in my area are conducted both online and offline, several of whom require that you register online with a resume before speaking to them at the offline job fair. The competition has become even greater; and with the job market still being a little scarce this type of branding can really set an applicant apart. If an employer has not been acclimated to this new way of presenting information ask them if you can leave links to your blogs, personal landing pages, and visual resumes for their review. Better yet have a visual resume ready to be presented during your interview or if you are meeting with employers at a job fair.
Is this really the future of resumes?
I can foresee this becoming a requirement for applicants, as they will need to prove their talents to an employer. Those that are applying for jobs in fields where they have to be creative might have to become more vocal in their online outreach to companies. This means having professional accounts in LinkedIn and visual resumes. The best part of about this new way of resume building is that it can be used in a corporate setting or for applying for work at home jobs.