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5 Alternatives to the Traditional Resume

The secret to landing a job is getting your resume out there. And by out there, I mean online. Once it’s up this summary of your qualifications and professional experience is visible to anyone and you stand a good chance of getting noticed by recruiters.

See Also: 10 Extraordinary Creative CV Examples

A great example where this has proved to be a success is Jordan McDonnell’s ‘not-resume’ as he called it. After McDonnell had been rebuffed for marketing jobs using his traditional CV, he thought that a new – more creative approach was needed to get the employer’s attention.

By creating a unique PowerPoint-style resume, this clever UCD graduate - who now works for Twitter - managed to talk about his background and showcase his skills and interests by uploading it to SlideShare. As an accountant, he lacked work experience in the marketing field so he hoped that this ground-breaking idea would help him land his dream job exploiting his creative skills. And so he did.

His not-so resume went viral and accrued roughly 90,000 views in just a little over a week! Instead of chasing after potential employers, they came to him.  

With the employers giving much attention to how you present yourself, the first thing they look for in a resume is your ability to effectively promote your skills using a clear format and an eye-catching beautiful design.

So if you want to differentiate yourself from the competition here are 4 digital alternatives to the traditional resume that will allow you to utilize your creativity.

#1 Your LinkedIn Profile

First and foremost comes the LinkedIn profile. If you haven’t yet discovered the power of the world’s biggest professional networking platform – believe it or not you are amongst the many - then it is high time you do so.  

Creating a LinkedIn profile is a smart way of looking for a job, getting discovered by employers in the field you are interested and connecting with other like-minded professionals. Essentially it provides everything a traditional paper- resume does except that it offers much more than that.

As an online CV, employers can check out your credentials whenever they want and get to read recommendations other people leave on your profile. Not to mention – your friends and co-workers can make endorsements that can confirm you have the skills you refer to as part of your expertise! Also, any change to your resume can be easily made and shared with your friends without having to make paper copies. Convinced yet?

#2 The VisualCV

The VisualCV is intended only for serious professionals who want to create a powerful online resume that can effectively represent their value to any company. It’s actually an excellent way to showcase your skills and your work as it allows you to put additional links to your blog, social media accounts and add any kind of interactive media you prefer.

Instead of going for the standard boring resume format, it might be a great idea to jazz things up a little! So go ahead and check out VisualCV samples and choose the one you like the most.

#3 The Video Resume

Many jobseekers find it easier to create a short video in which they get to introduce themselves and talk about their key skills and experience instead of just listing them down on paper. Employers love this kind of stuff because it’s something different to what they’re used to.

However, creating an effective video resume depends on the message you are trying to get across. This means that you need to make sure it enhances your online presence and works in your favour – not the other way around. Check out these three different video resume samples that you could use as a template for yours:

Video resume by Cristina Castro.

Video resume by Kassem Jamal.

Video resume by William Morvan.

#4 The Social Resume

More and more employers are now going online to search for new talent. This makes perfect sense considering the rising popularity of social media. As such, your social media accounts can provide employers with the information they need to see in a resume including your name, education and even volunteering experience – through photos.

Creating and keeping a social resume up to date can be beneficial since it allows everyone else to view and assess what you are currently working on. If you want to get discovered for the right job, create accounts on different social media sites such as Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Klout, Pinterest, Instagram, Meetup and integrate these with your main blog or website.

#5 ResumUp

It’s time to go visual! If you really want to stand out from the crowd, then ResumUp is ideal for you. This platform allows you to create a resume that’s rather different to the traditional resume format by compiling graphs and images on an easy-to-read infographic. With ResumUp, you are drawing the employers’ attention exactly where you need to by focusing on those skills you want to highlight.

Just like McDonnell said when creating his own resume ‘anyone can do this – it’s just a matter of thinking about the storyline’. It’s all about coming up with a great compelling story about yourself and using out-of-the-box techniques to create something that’s unique, appealing and has a great impact on people in the field you are targeting. It’s about showing that you can use your creativity to make something that’s visually beautiful.

See Also: The CV Debate (Round 3): Traditional vs. Creative

So, what do you think? Will the traditional resume die? What method are you going to use to create your own resume? Let us know in the comments section below…

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