The age of the interactive resume is upon us, especially in a time when digital media allows so much creativity with the written word. This doesn’t mean compelling copy on your resume still won’t complement all that creativity. But it’s true that visuals are becoming a key part of online resumes for capturing the most attention. Will we see interactive resumes become the dominant way to apply for jobs?
While companies are popping up that provide interactive resume building as a service, free tools straight from social media can work just as well if not better. Creating one that’s instantly accessible online can mean an employer seeing who you really are without having to sift through a pile of papers.
Using Youtube as a Video Resume
It isn’t even known how many people have already created a video resume on Youtube. Based on how many companies now use Youtube for marketing, it’s likely grown in leaps and bounds. With the ability to embed links into videos, you can have an instant interactive resume that can attract immediate attention. Your only concern is the content of your video and whether it should be extremely studious or comedic.
In the world of Youtube, comedy videos have become a huge niche, even in the world of business. Some people have tried comedic resumes on Youtube to be different. Remember that it can easily backfire and should only be done if the company you’re going for is known for appreciating comedy.
Don’t think that being serious on your Youtube resume is a liability either. Just be sure to include compelling content about what you can offer the company while displaying your naturally magnetic personality.
The Age of Pinterest
While there may be a wrongheaded stigma about Pinterest being merely a hangout for women sharing or selling their wares, the marketing possibilities there are endless. Pinterest allows you to create infographics in a way that provides a unique style to a resume that isn’t common. In fact, the most successful to do the above was, yes, a man.
Going this route is better for those who aren’t comfortable doing videos and prefer being visual with their work. With interactive capabilities built into Pinterest as well, it’s an unusual angle worth considering, despite the potential for overuse once everyone knows about it.
What About the Use of Twitter’s Vine or Instagram Video?
These short and punchy video tools are becoming hot commodities for companies in marketing their products. However, the drawback is that you only have well under 10 seconds to convey a message. While that might work in flash marketing for consumer products, could it work in the realm of the interactive resume?
It’s certainly possible, even if it ultimately has to be a teaser for an employer to visit another location to see more about you. Then again, a six-second teaser could be a creative touch to the interactive resume that hasn’t been done before. It can garner attention when perhaps anything else might be put on hold or looked over.
Other Free Options
Don’t forget about places like WordPress where you can create a free website that can be designed like an interactive resume. Facebook can still be useful as well, even if you have to be more careful with the things posted there. LinkedIn has also expanded their design so you can provide more interactive features on their resume templates.
One option that’s now being considered more is Vizify. You may have seen this as an application offhandedly connected to Twitter. The site Word Count did a piece about how a Vizify resume can be set up in less than half an hour and shared on Twitter feeds just as fast. With interactive bubbles you can click on, it could become the new interactive resume that saves valuable time as well as saving up your money.