A really great way for you to get yourself noticed by a recruiter is to use a visual resume as part of your online job application. With a little flair and imagination you can create something that catches a hiring manager’s eye and makes you stand out from the crowd. There are some great software applications out there that you can download to make the task fun as well as potentially very effective.
Here are some suggestions to get your creative juices flowing.
1. Make the First Slide Count
Your first slide is showcased as a thumbnail. This is the only chance you’ll get to pique someone’s interest sufficiently to encourage them to click on you. Therefore, it’s absolutely crucial that your first slide is visually engaging; if it isn’t, no one will bother reviewing your painstakingly crafted resume.
2. Define Your Personal Brand
One very important aspect of design to remember when creating a visual resume is to maintain consistency in everything that you do. Choose colours, imagery, and typography before you begin and stick with a theme throughout your resume. Consistency gives the whole thing a much slicker professional look and feel. It demonstrates to the prospective employer that you are methodical in your approach and that attention to detail matters to you.
3. Show The Reader Who You Are
View your visual resume as your opportunity to showcase who you are. A conventional resume will focus on your career and educational history, and job-related accomplishments. Use the visual resume to illustrate a little more about you as a person.
You could include a recent photo of you smartly turned-out for a business meeting, or receiving an award for salesman of the month from your CEO. However, you should also include pictures of you enjoying leisure time with your family, taking part in a hobby you enjoy or working as a volunteer in your community.
The business culture of today is becoming more and more closely entwined with the personal lives of the workforce so take this opportunity to show both sides of your story.
4. Be Predictable
This may sound like an odd suggestion, but it’s very important that you present the core of your visual resume in a logical and predictable way. Each section should flow smoothly into the next beginning in the present before moving back to the past, or vice versa if you prefer.
Your formatting should be logical and orderly to demonstrate that you are a good organiser and do not work in a chaotic, random manner. The core of your resume is your chance to show what your analytical mind can do.
5. Be Unexpected
The intro and outro of your visual resume are the areas where your creative flair can really let loose. Use these areas to catch the attention of the reader by using something abstract or surprising.
6. Ask For What You Want
The whole point of creating a stunning, attention-grabbing visual resume is to get something you want from it. Think of it as a sales tool and don’t be backward in coming forward. If you want the reader to offer you an interview, ask for one. If you want the interviewer to check out your personal website or connect with you through LinkedIn, ask them to do so. This gives your visual resume a purpose and demonstrates your intention.
Putting together a really impressive visual resume is not only fun it’s potentially a very rewarding exercise. A great visual resume is a magnet to recruiters so remember to put it on your personal website, on your Facebook page and your LinkedIn profile.