Employers want to know as much as possible about you before they even think about spending a good 30 minutes listening to your rehearsed speech in an interview. Sadly though, you can only put so much information on a traditional paper resume, before it turns into a mundane tall-tale that will most likely end-up in the bin – unless you’re applying for a fiction writer position.
Although there are many ways to make your traditional paper resume looks great, it sadly provides nothing but the ordinary half-baked facts. Your creativity is pretty much limited by static typefaces expressed on a piece of paper.
In an ever increasing digital world, the easiest way to self-market yourself beyond a traditional paper resume is to create an online resume. Think about it as a concert stage where you are the rock band and your employers are the audience. Your paper resume is now not more than just flyer, a teaser to promote your rock concert, inviting people to come to the real gig – your online resume.
There are many ways to create an online resume. Most of them does not require you to have any programming or advanced computer skills at all. Here are some of the best ways to easily build a professional online resume in just minutes.
Online Resume Builders
This is probably the fastest way available to create an online resume and is perfect for those who don’t have much time or toying around with codes or social media platforms. Free online resume builders like VisualCV and Vizualize.me let you create your own professional resume within minutes.
VisualCV is a free online resume builder that allows you to create a professional corporate-looking resume with an intuitive drag & drop interface. Simply choose from many pre-made templates available and edit your profile like you’re editing your Facebook page. There are many cool widgets available to attach your portfolio in various forms including: video, audio, images, presentations, or pdf files – making it like an online hub of all your professional works. Since VisualCV preserves a traditional paper resume format, you can use this resume builder for pretty much all positions or companies. Check out Guy Kawasaki’s cool resume on VisualCV!
Vizualize.me uses entirely different approach about online resume. Instead of just generating an online version of your paper resume in, it turns raw information in your resume into a beautiful infographic and makes it visually more attractive to read. The process itself is fairly straight forward – all you need to do is fill in the usual resume section such as work experience, education, technical skills, etc. and they will automatically transform them into several sets of graphics. See this example to find out more! Whilst it’s nice to have beautiful graphics on your resume, I’d only recommend you to use this resume builder if you’re applying for a creative position or a company that you think would happily embrace creative spirits. For instance, an established law firm would probably prefer to see bulky text on your resume instead.
Social Media Resume
Although there are a lot of social media platforms out there that you can use to build an online resume with, there are only a few that can actually produce a professional-grade resume. One of them is Linkedin , which is essentially like Facebook, but strictly for professionals. In the last few years, Linkedin has grown from just merely a networking site for professionals to become one of the best job directories for both job seekers and employers. On top of that, they recently added a drag & drop (sort of) profile editor that pretty much is your digital resume.
The best thing about using Linkedin as your professional online resume is that your colleagues, clients, or partners are most likely will be there as well. It’s almost like the gold standard for well established companies to list their company and employees’ profiles on Linkedin, although I think it’s mainly for PR purporses. As a professional networking platform, Linkedin provides a great research tool for companies, clients, or even for job seekers. As a client, Linkedin allows you to see and interact with real persons behind the company that you’re dealing with. As a job seeker, you can view job openings in the company’s page, and directly connect with the recruiter who posted the job post! It’s simple, easy-to-use, and effective. I don’t see any reasons why you shouldn’t have a linkedin profile – even if you already have a different kind of online resume.
Having your own website is probably the most professional way to showcase your resume or portfolio online. The process of building a resume/portfolio website may get a bit technical in some areas, but really, anyone with basic computer knowledge should be able to create one! No coding skills required!
Building an resume/portfolio website is basically like building a normal website. However, thanks to an innovative web builder like Wix and SquareSpace, you can now build a website in just minutes. Both web builders offer a wide range of professional looking templates to choose from with drag & drop editor. Once you’re done designing the website, you’ll have the option to publish it for free using the company’s domain name (e.g. timoresume.wix.com), or you can also use your own domain name (e.g. timocv.com) with a small fee of about £5 per month. Check out their website to find out more!
An even more-advanced way to build your resume / portfolio website is by using a static HTML or WordPress platform. With this, you do need a tiny bit of web hosting and coding knowledge which you can easily learn in a few hours. This method gives you more flexibility in designing how your resume website will look like. Nevertheless, you can still use a pre-made template to build your website if you just don’t want to be bothered to learn HTML/CSS or WordPress. You can read the in-depth guide on how you can easily build a resume website using static HTML template or WordPress here.