Why is my first post for Social Media Slant about visual content and recruiting?
There are two main reasons:
- Things are not what they used to be.
- Some topics deserve more attention.
Nowadays, standing out from the crowd to get a job requires more than talent and suitable skills. You also need creativity. Plus, recruiters receive tons of applications.
Because of this amount of requests, they have to “sieve” prospects to keep a reasonable number of candidates. They take into account variables such as age, demographics, or immediate availability.
Visual résumés make the selection process easier and quicker.
Some tools for visual recruiting
There is an increasing list of tools and networks to create appealing professional bios. My favorites include About.me, Re.vu, LinkedIn, Slideshare, Youtube, and Haiku Deck. They allow us to offer a beautiful overview of our skills.
Let’s have a look at them right now.
- About.me – I define it as my professional digital card. A unique and quality card that I can personalize.
Joining About.me is joining an active community, showing your talent, and sharing interests.
Links to all your social networks and contact collections are allowed.
- Re.Vu – Re.vu combines traditional plain text resume with infographics, charts, quotes, and links to all your social networking profiles. The result is a very visual and creative résumé. Re.vu is also mobile friendly, so your résumé looks good on all devices.
- LinkedIn and Slideshare – We all understand the power of LinkedIn as a professional network, but have you heard of Slideshare’s Professional Journey? Once created, you can add your “professional journey” to your profile on LinkedIn.
There are two designs to choose from and you do not have to fill any data; it is imported directly from your LinkedIn profile.
In less than a minute and two clicks, you get a professional journey to share with all your social networks.
Another example: My professional journey 2
- Haiku deck – Will Rogers’ résumé is a great example of what you can achieve with Haiku Deck.
- QR codes – Have you ever thought of creating your résumé as a QR Code? Now it’s possible. Take a look below.
- YouTube – Another great example is this one:
- Amazon – Some people would think you are crazy to “sell” your professional talent on Amazon, but you have to agree that this example is very creative.
Some pros to using a visual résumé
- A visual résumé offers an up-to-date picture of your strengths. For example, imagine a Gen X having to “defend” their skills from Digital Natives.
- Ubiquity is of the essence. You can share your résumé wherever and whenever you want.
- You also save on paper. It’s good for the environment.
- It costs almost nothing to share your résumé.
Is there any other reason to use visual content to help recruiters find you? And what about the advantages? Share with us in the comment section below.