In many fields, a standard resume is sufficient. Listing your strengths, experiences, memberships, and qualifications let potential employers evaluate whether or not you’re a good fit for a company, and whether or not to bring you in for an interview. It’s a relatively straightforward process.
For professionals in more creative industries the competition to get noticed can be intense. As an employer sorts resumes into “yes,” “no,” and “maybe” piles, you have just seconds to speak to that hiring manager or recruiter and impress them with your accomplishments.
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One of the ways you want to make your resume stand out is by visually highlighting your innovations and capabilities. Have you designed popular infographics or websites for interesting clients? Are you a photography master who will hang from trees upside-down to get a killer shot? If the answer is yes, how you present these projects and skills on your resume are the way you can shine.
More employers than ever – 77% of employers to be exact – are searching for candidates online prior to scheduling interviews. Even if you’re likely to stick with a hardcopy resume format, hiring managers will appreciate a little something extra. In the creative field, if you’re not representing yourself online or, at least, creating a resume that clearly articulates your skills, you’re missing out on opportunities.
Check out the tools below for creating a complete creative resume that will help to get you noticed:
Created with designers in mind, Represent allows users to create minimalist, responsive portfolios that function like webpages. Think of it as an online visualization of everything you’re capable of and what your potential clients – or employers – could be looking for.
For $9.99 per year, users can create simple yet striking professional web pages that highlight professional experience and link out to social networks, online portfolios, and more. Unlike other online resumes that take design to the extreme, Represent focuses on the basics. Online profiles take little effort to build and can be modified easily at any time. Users can test a demo before making any purchase decisions.
In just 4 easy steps, Kickresume helps you create a “kick-ass” resume. The site offers about 8 ready-to-go templates and promises to add more. It’s a good option if your focus is more on organizing all your accolades into a standard format with just a little bit of style.
To start, pick the template of your choice and go through their quick sign-up process. If you already have an established LinkedIn profile with all your work history details, this step is even easier – Kickresume offers a data import option. Once you’ve added everything you’ll be able to review it as well as save it to your computer. There’s also an option to download it as a PDF. Sign up takes less than 30 seconds, and the service is free.
Krop is a California-based business that offers a couple different services all combined into one. They host their own creative job board, as well as online candidate portfolios and resumes.
There are a few options when it comes to Krop – their pro account costs $8.25 a month, but lets you create a stunning online portfolio using a wide variety of eye-catching themes, including ones with video backgrounds. They also offer a free resume only option, where you can organize your accolades and then post your resume within their online database. If you’re interested in getting your resume up and running, as well as discoverable, the free option is a great place to start.
Also utilizing the infographic trend, Easel.ly has been designed to allow users to create informative and fun graphics “easily.” This free service can also be used to create unique resumes.
By registering on the homepage, a user can select from thousands of templates, insert his or her professional information, and share the resulting graphic across the web. While it does not link to social profiles or autofill, the application is an excellent resource for someone looking for more creative control over the infographic components, right from their browser.
With a good eye and some patience you can pull together a nice infographic style resume using their templates and tools.
Maybe you’ve taken so many CE courses or other professional coursework that they could fill your resume on their own. If this sounds familiar, don’t worry. There’s a tool for you.
Accredible has been designed to highlight these courses, in addition to your professional attributes, using a portfolio format. This allows potential employers to browse your qualifications or dig as deep as they’d like into what you have to offer. The tool has been designed to allow users to create online portfolios that bring those skills to life.
For each qualification or key competency listed, users may include photographs, official documents, videos and other facts to back it up. The easy-to-use site and the resulting portfolio allows employers to make hiring decisions based on demonstrated facts, rather than employee claims alone. The site requires some effort from the user to produce nice results, but the price of free makes it well worth the time.
If your LinkedIn account is current, the resulting resume is created in seconds with Visualize.me. With six free templates and multiple style options, users have complete control over the creation process without becoming overwhelmed with too many options.
Users can manage which information is shared and which topics are eliminated from the final product. This tool is especially effective for those who have extensive project experience and would like to demonstrate expertise without overwhelming with lists and bullet points.
VisualCV offers over 8,800 resume samples and touts that over 450,000 high-level applicants have utilized their services. They have samples and templates from many industries and roles, including graphic design.
Samples offer the option to include small images of your projects alongside where they appear in the text or tie everything together with a bold full-screen background. Instead of clicking and navigating away, or having to look elsewhere in a folder, managers can easily see samples of your work as they skim through your qualifications.
After choosing your design and signing up, you’ll be able to publish your resume online (it will look great on both the web and mobile) or print as a PDF for more traditional job applications. Another really strong feature is the tracking and analytics – VisualCV offers you metrics so you can see how often your resume is viewed and where the visits came from. The starter kit is free and has some feature limitations while the professional pricing model is $6 per month and grants you access to all features.
Get Creative and Explore Your Options
If you are in a creative or more image-centric industry like design or marketing, a creative resume can help you stand out when competition is fierce. Take the time to explore the options above and think about which features will best showcase your skills. The important point to remember about any resume is not just the content on there, but how you organize and present your industry accomplishments so that you stand out in your industry.
There are many online options for creating design-worthy resumes. Whether you’re looking to build out your digital portfolio or organize your creative accomplishments into a mobile-friendly format, the time to highlight your abilities online – in addition to on paper – is now.
If you’re looking for an HTML & CSS resume template, check out this post: 10 Free Professional HTML & CSS CV/Resume Templates.