WORKPLACE SUCCESS / 23 January 2019The Importance of 'Water Cooler Talk’
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.
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.
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.
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.