How to create a visual resume… and stand out to employers
I’ve been searching for a one year part-time job while I finish off my dissertation (HINT, HINT) and I quickly came to the realization that I needed something to make me stand out. For the past couple of years I’ve been encouraging the students I teach in the Higher Education master’s programs at Boston College and Merrimack College to create their own digital presence. I have done it with this website and it has produced many dividends and opportunities for me. Wanting to take some next steps, I designed a “visual resume” or “resume infographic” for myself (see above). I designed this in Adobe Illustrator, which requires a relatively advanced skill set and design sensibility, but there are a number of sites that will help create an online visual resume for you. It requires very little technical skill and can greatly enhance your job search prospects. I wanted to share a few of my personal favorites. (Note, the “info graphic resume” is a popular trend, and not everyone believes it is a good idea. Think if this is the right move for you and your experience and skills.)
Simple Online Presence Landing Pages:
This is a classic. It allows you to create a quick one page landing site that can incorporate a photo, a bio, and links out to your social media accounts. Best of all, an easy to remember URL: about.me/NAME
Creating a Full-Blown Webpage:
This is for the more adventuresome. It creates a full-blown webpage for you. I personally use WordPress to host this site. If you’re looking at creating a sustained presence online, this is my suggestion for the route to go. It’s free, but with restrictions.
Infographic-Style Resume Builders:
This isn’t a resume info graphic builder, per se, but it does help you create infographics and you can use it to create a visual resume. This requires a bit more technical skill, but gives you a lot more control.
The following are some other sites I haven’t had the chance to play with, but thought you might find of interest: