Preparing a standout resume takes time and effort because there are so many variables you need to get right. You absolutely must:
Use the right fonts, format and keywords to make sure you get past the standard resume screening software. See Post: How To Ensure Your Resume Is Selected By Resume Screening Software
Make it easy to open, read and download so that it is mobile friendly. See Post: How to Check Your Resume Is Mobile Friendly
Bring your content to life so that you pass the 30 second resume test. See Post: How to Pass The 30 Second Resume Test
In addition to all the basics above, you also need to stand out from the crowd. This is not easy, especially when you consider the hundreds of resumes a recruiter will receive for every potential role. To truly stand out, you need to create a visually powerful online presence. Sound easy? It’s not so hard as long as you use the most helpful drag and drop digital tools.
The tools below are a great starting point. They will help you create a digital resume in the traditional or infographic format. Ideally you should create both and send whichever one is most appropriate for each role you apply for.
There are literally hundreds of websites offering free and paid resume templates that can help you create a professional online resume. Here are a few that we like for you to consider:
This easy to use resume building tool can take all the relevant information from your LinkedIn profile and pop it into a design of your choice. You can add images, video clips etc…and the tool is built to create resumes that pass the resume screening software test that most medium to large size companies employ. This is probably its most impressive feature.
Creddle is a free online resume builder which can import information from LinkedIn or you can enter it manually yourself. There are 9 templates to chose from and you can customise them to suit you. Once you are done, you can embed your resume into your personal website, share it online, print and export it etc… It’s easy to use and free.
This is a very easy to use service with multiple templates to choose from. There is a small cost to buy a template but once you’ve purchased the template it’s yours forever so you can easily update it as you change jobs. The templates all open up in Microsoft word which makes inputting of information very easy.
Canva is a user friendly design program with lots of free features and templates. You simply chose the “Resume” design you like (there are heaps to choose from) and input your relevant information. You can also choose from the huge library of professional graphic design elements like banners, icons, frames etc… and use them to customise the resume to your needs. You can also upload your own photos then edit them with filters and text.
Infographic resumes are highly visual and take a little longer for the reader to digest the information shown. The advantage of this is that recruiters are more likely to spend longer looking at your resume than the casual 30 second glance they give to the standard resume template. That said, an infographic resume is not always appropriate for every type of role so think carefully about the role you are applying for before you decide on a standard template or an infographic style.
This tool allows you to easily create an infographic style resume by inputing your own information or pulling it in from your LinkedIn profile. Work experience and history is featured at the top and personal information is at the bottom. You can upload past project work or link to it externally to bring your history to life.
Create a powerful, succinct one page resume infographic with visualize.me by importing your key information from your Linkedin profile then customising it as you like.
This is free to join and it allows you to create charts and infographics in 3 easy steps. You can pull in all relevant information from your online resume and add images, maps, videos etc… Just chose a template, add your information and publish and share.
Once you have created a digital resume and infographic resume, you can then move onto our post on Digital Portfolios and Personal Landing Pages. There are many industries and roles where a digital portfolio of work can really help your work experience and history stand out from the crowd. And finally, we look at personal landing pages and how they can help you link all your digital information together.
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