A traditional resume is simply an accurate description of your past experiences in chronological order. With social media usage rapidly increasing, new and exciting alternatives to this standard document have popped up, and they can help you gain a competitive edge in your career! While you’ll always need a stellar traditional resume, it can never hurt to add some of these creative options to your job search toolkit:
This is an absolute must-have for your job search. While the bulk of your profile will be information that is already in your resume, you can make sure that you stand out by creating a compelling summary and tagline. Then, put the link to your profile on your resume!
This alternative can be a great addition to your resume or email signature. Think of about.me as a unique webpage that you can customize to include your professional bio, relevant experience, accomplishments, and links to your other social media pages. It’s an amazing way to connect all of your platforms! Here’s my about.me page for your reference.
Slideshare is essentially a repository for PowerPoint presentations. Not only is it free to use, it also has SEO capabilities that will help employers find you faster. By uploading a presentation that showcases your expertise and optimizing it with appropriate keywords, you could be found for incredible opportunities! Here’s a sample Slideshare resume that I like.
Prezi is another unique tool that you can use to build an interactive resume. Try it out, play around a little, and use it to tell your story. This can include your expertise, education, challenges you’ve faced, and why you are who you are today. This will help potential employers connect with you on a more personal level before they meet you! Here’s a sample of my Prezumé.
5. Video Resumes
Be more than just a piece of paper. Video resumes allow employers to put faces and voices to the applications they’re considering. Create a brief, high-quality story with a concrete message and put the link on your resume for best results. My top tip: talk about what you’re passionate about – the more interested you are in what you’re saying, the more interested others will be. I hired a Marketing intern this summer who submitted a video resume that totally impressed me! Check out the video!
6. Personal Websites
This is an awesome alternative to an about.me page. Having your own website gives you the freedom to include more than you would in a traditional resume. It also lets you go more in-depth and gives you a chance to repeat and expand on your message. Alternatively, you can create a Facebook page to tell your story. I recently met a 4th year university business student in Canada who got hired for an Advertising internship at Ogilvy in Hong Kong by creating his Facebook Timeline resume to stand out and get their attention!
Postcards are back! Yes, you heard me right. This is because postcards take more effort than standard email, and people (especially hiring managers) take notice of that and appreciate it. Go the extra mile after an interview by sending a handwritten thank-you card with a personalized cover that highlights your brand statement, mission, and expertise.
8. Personalized Business Cards
If you don’t have a set of quality, branded business cards, head on over to Moo.com. They offer awesome options for you to customize and create your own cards that will set you apart from the crowd! Click here to get 10% off with my referral link.
If you’re unsure how to go about taking advantage of these options, here’s what you should keep consistent across all of them:
- A concise, catchy tagline that highlights who you are, what you do, and what makes you special.
- A unique design that will stand out.
- Brand colours that will differentiate you. Pick one or two professional colours to use across all of your social media pages and your consistency will be noticed!
Finally, the best way to catch a hiring manager’s or recruiter’s attention is to tell a compelling story that’s memorable. What motivates you? Why do you want to achieve your dream? What makes you stand out? The answers to these questions are what will make you interesting and unique. Try to include them in all of your resume alternatives so that someone reading, viewing, or watching your content will know exactly what you’re all about!
Want some inspiration of how to get make your resume stand out? Check out my Resume Pinterest board for creative resume ideas.
Have you ever used a non-traditional resume alternative? Tell me about it in the comments section!