Have you been sending out dozens of paper resumes to no avail? In today's tough job market, it can be a challenge to make your resume and cover letter stand out. Part of the problem for many applicants is that a piece of paper simply isn't enough in the digital age. While your paper resume may showcase a number of your professional skills, it doesn't necessarily do an adequate job of showing off your personality or creativity. However, this doesn't have to hold you back. Rather than continue to send the same old MS Word document, consider creating a multimedia resume to help differentiate yourself from the rest of the herd. Multimedia resumes can usually be added to online job applications either as an email attachment or in the additional information section of your application. Here are three ideas to get you started:
A video resume gives potential employers and hiring managers a chance to have some "face-to-face" time with you before an interview. Moreover, a video resume has the ability to showcase your videography skills and work ethic. A video resume can also potentially demonstrate a professional level of comfort with technology, which is necessary for many jobs in today's workforce. However, remember not to solely submit a resume in this format. Instead, use a video to complement a traditional paper resume, giving employers the opportunity to compare your video with your qualifications on paper.
Providing samples of your work is a great way to prove to employers that you have the ability to accomplish tasks. Work samples that are well-organized in a portfolio can demonstrate professionalism and attention to detail. A portfolio can also highlight initiative, as many employers will potentially ask for work samples when considering a candidate for the job anyway. Again, a portfolio is a great way to complement a resume, because it provides evidence of your listed skills. If your resume says you have experience managing a marketing campaign, deliverables from that campaign included in your portfolio corroborate that information.
Having a portfolio compiled in a document is helpful, but you can take it to the next level by developing a portfolio online. Therefore, employers will be able to easily access your work samples when browsing your online presence. When an employer uses a web browser to search your name, a strong portfolio will ideally be at the top of that search. This also potentially attracts recruiters and employers to you. Many recruiters can only spend a short time looking at each resume due to the high volume. However, these same professionals spend time browsing the Internet seeking out candidates that may be perfect for a specific position.
While developing infographics may seem somewhat specialized, there are a variety of templates available online. Infographics efficiently convey lots of information and provide an aesthetically-pleasing element to stats that might otherwise be cut and dry. For those looking to enter a creative profession, complementing your resume this way might demonstrate creativity and innovation. Furthermore, it will help your application stand out from the stack monotone paper resumes.
No matter what media you choose to use to enhance your resume, remember to meticulously edit all of your application materials and personalize them for each position. Rather than rely on one element of an application to carry you to an interview, make sure you are providing a strong, individualized resume, an articulate, well-edited cover letter, refined multimedia resources such as a portfolio, and a thoroughly filled out application.