Whether you had to find a job years ago, are currently in the process of job hunting, or you’re looking at the prospect of job hunting in your near future, the one thing that every job hunter has in common is the need for a resume.
If you really think about it, what is a resume? Is it really all about stuffing as much information about yourself as possible on a single sheet of paper? Is it really about getting the formatting just so? The job hunting specialists may tell you that’s what matters. The counselors running the career center classes may tell you that your resume is the centerpiece of your job hunt. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s about time that job hunters get with the times. It’s time to do more than just write up a one-page resume and start mailing it out with applications. The Internet is a more powerful job-hunting force than people realize.
Managers use the Internet to research potential applicants, so while the resume may get you through the initial “filter” of applicants, your Internet presence may play a large part in what actually lands you the job, and there is a very cool digital online resume builder called Re.Vu that can give you a leg up on the competition.
Build an Amazing Digital Resume With ReVu
The truth is, people absorb information more easily and more quickly when it’s presented in a graphical way. Isn’t that what the Internet is all about? Tools like infographics are a very powerful way to get as much information as possible in front of the eyes of your potential employer – certainly more information than you could possibly stuff into a paper resume.
All you have to do is go to Re.Vu, type in your email address, a password and the URL suffix that you’d like for your page, and click “Create Your Page.”
The basic information you need for your re.vu “resume” page is your name and the headline that identifies your core career focus. This could be the title for your last position, or the title that you hope for your next position – hopefully your education and skills follow suit. It’s in your best interest to fill in as much as you can in every field, so take the time to do a good job, and the final results will show your efforts.
What’s cool about Re.Vu is that instead of a boring, drab sheet of paper with a bunch of text, you can offer a website complete with a themed background. Re.Vu comes with pre-made themes and backgrounds to choose from.
The coolest part of the process is that you can just log into your LinkedIn account from Re.Vu, and it’ll import all of the information you’ve already entered into your LinkedIn account. If you’ve been an avid LinkedIn user and have kept your profile updated, this will save you a whole lot of time.
Once you’re done importing your LinkedIn profile, or updating your work history in Re.Vu, the graphical timeline on your main page provides a really cool way to show your work history in a single glance.
The timeline is just the start. In each section of your profile, you’ll find things like past job duties, the evolution of your skillset, quotes from past employers or colleagues and a whole slew of other facts and figures about you. Each of these sections offers another opportunity to add yet another graphic to your main page.
Anyone that comes across your Re.Vu page will get a very fast and accurate…wait for it….review…..of you! Your past achievements are provided in a cool infographic layout.
The evolution of your skillset is laid out in a graph format over time. If you’re honest about the level of your skills and how they’ve increased over the years (or haven’t increased), then this graphic will be really informative. It’ll also show you in what areas you might have room to improve.
Don’t forget to include current level of job skills for another graphic that will provide your potential employer with a quick snapshot of your current skill set.
Quotes are a cool way to add a personal touch to your digital resume, and offer proof that there are people out there that appreciate you and your work.
Once you’re done, just click on your main page to see the results of your hard work. I think you’ll be pretty impressed with the results – as will be your future employer.
So give the Re.Vu online resume builder a shot and see what sort of page it puts together for you. It is a heck of a lot faster an easier than slaving over a resume – and it looks a lot cooler too.
Give it a try and let us know how you like the results. Do you think you’ll make use of your Re.Vu page as part of your overall job search? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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