Resume Phrasing, Resume Mistakes, Slidebean, Work Experience, Digital Media
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT / 14 December 2016
How To Upgrade Your Boring Resume Using Slidebean
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Stefano Ganddini

Your resume has approximately 6.25 seconds to catch a recruiter’s attention. In order to stand out and hold a recruiter’s attention for more than 6 seconds, you have to stop creating the same old, boring resume that looks and feels just like everyone else’sYour resume has approximately 6.25 seconds to catch a recruiter’s attention. In order to stand out and hold a recruiter’s attention for more than 6 seconds, you have to stop creating the same old, boring resume that looks and feels just like everyone else’s. 


If your resume looks and feels like everyone else’s (one-page, black-and-white, 12-point font, Times New Roman), it’s probably going to end up where everyone else’s ends up—in the trash. In order to catch a recruiter’s attention, your resume has to be different. It has to look different. Of course, what you actually say in your resume is important, but given how little time a recruiter spends looking at your resume, I’d argue that the way your resume looks is equally as important, if not more.


The Easiest Way To Create A Beautiful, Eye-Catching Resume


Digital media has changed the way we work, communicate, and go about our day to day lives. And yet, most people’s resumes look like they’re stuck in the 1970’s. If you’re not taking advantage of digital media to create a visually appealing resume that helps you stand out from other candidates, you’re doing yourself a huge disservice. Imagine you’re a recruiter, scanning through hundreds and hundreds of boring PDF resumes that all look exactly the same, and then you come across this: 

 


Boom. Pretty sleek, right? 

There are lots and lots of ways you can get creative with creating a digital resume. I’ve seen infographic resumes, video resumes, and, perhaps the most popular of all as of late— resume/portfolio websites. But, the best and easiest tool I’ve come across so far for creating beautiful, eye-catching resumes (like the one you see above) is called Slidebean. Slidebean is a presentation software, like PowerPoint, except better in just about every single way. Basically, all you have to do is add your content and Slidebean converts it into beautifully designed slides that look more professional than anything you could ever do yourself in PowerPoint. It’s quite magical.

4 Reasons Why You Should Use Slidebean For Your Resume


Slidebean offers pre-built templates (like this resume template) for all your presentation needs, but there are a few reasons why I think it’s a particularly effective tool for creating a digital resume.

  1. It’s visually appealing. It’s not a cluttered, one-page, black and white PDF. It’s clean, it’s simple, and it will definitely make you stand out.
  2. It’s more than just a resume. It’s hard enough to squeeze all of your skills and experiences onto one page. With Slidebean, your resume can double as both a resume and a portfolio. You can add extra slides to showcase samples of your past work (projects, writing samples, etc.) and concretely show what you’re capable of.
  3. It’s accessible. Since Slidebean is a cloud-based platform, it is compatible with any modern browser in any operating system. Simply access the URL and the presentation that you started on your Mac will look exactly the same on a PC. You can also add the URL to your paper resume, your LinkedIn profile, your social media accounts, or anywhere else recruiters could potentially find you.
  4. It’s super easy. Just add your content, and the presentation pretty much designs itself. I was blown away by how easy it was to use. Once you use Slidebean, you’ll never want to go back to PowerPoint again.


If you’re interested in learning more about Slidebean, stay tuned! Next week we’ll be diving deeper into Slidebean’s features and other great ways you can use this tool, besides just for resumes. 


P.S. You can sign up for Slidebean’s free trial version here, but if you decide to upgrade to one of their premium plans, be sure to use discount code ‘Prosky’ for 30% off your first 3 months!