How to create an interactive resume

These days, a recruiter may receive hundreds of job applications for one position, so it’s more important than ever to stand out from the crowd.  But regardless of your skill set, it can be difficult to remain memorable when one role can attract hundreds of applications, and when your first point of contact is normally via email or digital submission. An interactive, animated or visual representation of your experience could be the perfect option.

Over the past few years’ various tools have become available that allow job hunters to input their information and have it turned into a visual representation of their skills.  Take a look at this example from a multidisciplinary designer.

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Here are a few tips to make this kind of CV work for you:

  • Test various tools to find a visual style that suits you and your profession.  For example, a gaming theme may not be suitable for an accountant.
  • Be smart about the information that you include by researching the most desirable traits in your intended line of work.  This is a valuable investment, as tailoring interactive content to individual employers may be more difficult than a printable CV.
  • Provide other connections outside of the resume such as LinkedIn or Twitter.  This gives potential employers an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of who you are, and the kind of information you are knowledgeable about.
  • Your resume should not include the same information featured on your linked social profiles.
  • Once your interactive resume is complete, start sending the link across to potential employers with a tailored cover letter.  This letter should include easily accessible contact details to make getting in touch as easy as possible.  You want to ensure that it isn’t necessary to scroll through the interactive version multiple times, should someone wish to contact you.

Be memorable, different and a talking point for the right reasons. Try ResumUpVisualize.Me or Prezi

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Laurie Green
Online Community Manager

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