Visual resumes

Visual resumes

Visual resumes

We live in a visual world, so why not elevate the look of your resume to make it stand out?

A visual resume performs the same basic function as a paper or PDF resume – it communicates your professional objectives, strengths, qualifications, and experience – but in a dramatically different format. It goes way beyond good paper, a clear font, and a professional headshot. It’s a document that maps your accomplishments and career in a 1-page timeline or infographic. You can send employers a custom link to it, download it into a Word or PDF format to share, or snap a screenshot to post it. This probably sounds intimidating if you don’t have any graphics experience, but don’t worry, many affordable, and even free tools are available that will help you create a visual resume that stands out. Examples of tools include:

  • VisualCV – a free or low-cost service that stands out because it uses the same resume-parsing technology that many firms do, so it will be read correctly by their systems.
  • ResumUP – a free or low-cost tool that creates unique, visually rich infographics covering work history, skills, key achievements, values, and personality.
  • Visualize.me – a free site that automatically transforms your LinkedIn profile into a colorful timeline.
  • Kukook – a site offering low-cost, polished resume formats that you own once you download them.
  • Creddle – a site offering nine free resume and coordinating cover letter formats.

You can also do an Internet search of the term “visual resume” to find other tools.