Three Resume Tips from VisualCV

Tip #1: Create the Perfect Online Resume

First, job seekers should begin by creating their online portfolio using their traditional resume text. By cutting and pasting from your existing static Word, PDF or plain text formats, your online portfolio will become a live Internet document capable of supporting built-in company and university data and accomplishments. However, as a new graduate or first time job seeker, you probably feel like you don’t have much to offer in terms of “real-world” business experience. The good news is you probably have more than you think. Online portfolios are a great way to demonstrate accomplishments and skills even if they didn’t happen in a work environment so be sure highlight yourself by describing non-work related activities that showcase your capabilities. Use the dynamic resume to highlight the volunteer work you organized for your sorority, your recent college fund raising activity and results, or the public speaking skills you learned via the debate club. In fact, one of the biggest benefits of creating an online resume is that recruiters and hiring managers no longer need to conduct upfront research to determine if you are the right candidate. So be sure to think out of the box when it comes to adding content and accomplishments – and always consider how you can make the job easier for your potential hiring manager.

Tip #2: Enrich Your Resume with Content

Once you know what content you are going to include, the next step you need to consider is how to make it work for you. Enrich your online portfolio to make it a proxy for that first interview by adding class projects, transcripts, writing samples, images, professor recommendations, live links and optional video. These all serve as key validation that recruiters will look for in their selection process. In order to rise above the noise and attract the time and attention of recruiters and hiring managers who have been overwhelmed with the record number of resumes and candidates, it is important to take every opportunity to “show vs. tell” by embedding letters of recommendation, diplomas or award certificates and/or include your outstanding writing samples, articles, artwork, or designs right from the get-go. Be creative and think of your portfolio as a way to deliver “first interview content.”

Tip #3: Share It with Hiring Managers, Classmates, Colleagues and Social Sites

Now that you have created your online portfolio, you need to consider how and where to distribute it. The good news is that you can share it with anyone you choose—from career counselors to professional networks to college alumni. In fact, critically important in today’s recruiting world where candidates are often “Googled” during the hiring process, online tools like VisualCV help job seekers present a consistent professional image online that can be linked to wherever you have a digital footprint -- LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, a personal or professional blog, email signature line, etc. This allows you to extend your professional network and market yourself to candidates even before certain job requisites and internships are even opened. When applying for positions, include the URL of your VisualCV in your e-mail signature, on your paper-based resume and in your cover letter. In doing so, you will give the hiring manager the opportunity to learn more about you immediately. Also, create different versions of your online portfolio for different audiences, showing more personal information only to those you trust. By putting your best online foot forward and remembering to network, network, network -- you never know where that next, great opportunity might come from.

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