It’s been a couple of years since the last time I was sending out résumés, but for all intents and purposes, it might as well be an eternity. Back when I was writing up my résumé, I had a simple MS Word file or PDF detailing everything I’ve done, can do, and want to do. At some point, I added a link to my personal website, but that’s as hi-tech as it got.
Today, not only is there an entire social network dedicated to your online résumé, you can integrate it with other services to create even better looking résumés, create a résumé infographic, of all things, or opt for a simple PDF résumé you can create online in seconds. No matter what you go for, your résumé will be much catchier and prettier than my old Word file, or even PDF, and can include other media such as links, images and videos.
But in today’s world, it’s not always about an actual résumé anymore. Sometimes, and especially if you’re an artist, a freelancer, or an entrepreneur, you require something different, something that will highlight all the right things, and will also look good and techy. On the other hand, you don’t always feel like investing hours in creating it. The solution? Enthuse.me.
What Is Enthuse.me?
Enthuse.me is a Web app that lets you easily create a one-page mini website with all the stuff you want to show off. This can include links to your projects, places you were mentioned in, your various professional online profiles, videos, blog entries, and more. Enthuse.me is still in beta, so don’t freak out if you encounter some bugs (there aren’t many, honest), but simply let the developers know about them.
Signing up on Enthuse.me gives you a personal URL you can use to share your page, so the first thing you need to do is choose a username. You will then have enthuse.me/USERNAME URL.
After this, you will have to either create an account or sign in using Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. Only then will you be able to actually start editing your page. Before diving in, take a moment to choose a catchy profile headline, upload a nice profile picture (a real one, not like mine), and add some personal information.
That’s it! You’re ready to add some content to your page.
Building Your Enthuse.me Webpage
To start adding content, click the pink plus sign and look at your options. They are divided into “Enthuse modules” and “Your expertise from around the web”.
The Enthuse modules include personal insights you can write and share, links to projects you’re currently working on, links to online and press mentions of you, links to great projects you’ve worked on in the past, and links to other Enthuse users you’d like to recommend as experts. If you don’t have any friends on Enthuse, you can invite them using this module too.
What else can you add to your page? If you’d like to show visitors your online presence, you can link your Enthuse.me page to your Twitter account, Klout account, YouTube account, Tumblr account, and SoundCloud account. Don’t worry, linking to these accounts doesn’t clutter your page with all your tweets or Tumblr posts; it merely adds the number of followers, posts, likes, etc. you have, and includes a link to the actual profile.
In addition to linking your accounts, you can also add links to actual media. For example, you can add links to specific Tumblr posts, YouTube or Vimeo videos, SlideShare slides, SoundCloud playlists, Blogger blog posts, etc. Your page is divided into sections, so if you add a YouTube video, it will appear in the same section as your YouTube account details.
Each module or media type you choose to add will be removed from the Plus menu, and will turn into a table of contents made out of icons. You can use it to browse through the different sections of your page.
You’ve probably noticed the surprising lack of anything that has to do with images. No Instagram, no Picasa, no Flickr. This is a shame, really, but you can use the Enthuse.me general modules to add links to photos you’ve taken, or any other images you want to share. It will look something like this:
Share Your Work
So now that you have a page with all your best work, it’s time to share it. Your personal Enthuse.me URL is the best way to share it with anyone on any platform. Alternatively, you can use the share button to share it on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. This is what your page will look like to other people, depending, of course, and what you chose to include:
If there’s a certain order you’d like the items to appear in, simply add them in this order when creating the page. Once you’ve added an item, there’s no way to change its position on the page.
Enthuse.me is a beautiful way to share the things you’re proud of. It’s not as good as a fully-fledged website or portfolio, of course, but it also takes a fraction of the time to create. It looks awesome no matter what you add to it, and it’s bound to make a good initial impression, when you want to show as many projects, profiles and links as possible.
There are still some bugs that need ironing out, but despite those, I’m sure you’ll enjoy creating your Enthuse.me page, and will enjoy sharing it even more.
What do you think of Enthuse.me, and this type of online résumé in general?