While you can still find resume specialists who promise to give your QV professional polish, an increasing number of job seekers are working on their own to create a resume that makes an impact. In many cases, these resumes aren’t even printed but wind up on a screen. Employers today value more than a luxurious paper stock or a meticulously researched format. They’re after ease, speed and utility – something they get from a smartphone-friendly resume. Another advantage of going completely digital with your resume is that you’ll have it instantly ready to share with contacts whether you meet them at a conference or over coffee.
Building Your Smartphone Resume
You don’t have to be a web designer to create an online resume that stands out on a smartphone’s small screen. Dozens of apps let you create your resume on any device and optimize it for display on tablets or smartphones. The best versions let you work from intuitive design templates and personalize your resume with a wide selection of fonts, varied styles and the option to import custom touches such as logos. Fill in or import your data, and you have a resume that can hit an HR director’s desk days before a traditional mailed resume.
If a template doesn’t give you enough guidance, look for more tips from the app itself. Many offer connections to tutorials that strike clichés from your resume and give it the personality it needs to stand out from an ever-growing crowd. Most apps give you some advice on deciding how to organize your resume and which template is best for you, so look for those that offer tutorial features to get the most for your money. Some strong contenders include VisualCV, Resumizer and Resume8.
Social Media and Resume Sharing
It’s a given that social media is a vital business tool as well as a way to share pet photos with friends; the key is to use different media channels for different purposes. LinkedIn is the largest professional social network, and it’s a great place to start when building a smartphone resume. If you already have your LinkedIn data entered – and you should – most apps can import it straight to a phone-friendly format. You can go with LinkedIn’s own proprietary Resume Builder, but more and more third-party apps are allowing easy data transfer from social media platforms to a phone resume.
LinkedIn is a good start, but don’t feel restricted to it. Look for communities that have a more specialized focus for resume builders geared to your sector of the engineering or design industry. If you’re in a creative field such as game design or app creation, Zerply’s resume creator could give you the flexibility to land the job of your dreams there. DoYouBuzz combines social proof with resume-building, giving you the option to track visits and connect with readers.
No matter which app or service you use, don’t forget the basics. Spell-checking is still important; switching your “there” and “their” still makes a resume look rushed and less than professional even when it’s on a tablet or smartphone screen.
In some fields, unorthodox resumes printed on candy wrappers or written in cake icing make sense. It’s a little harder to get noticed in engineering without going gimmicky. Instead, aim for efficiency with an online resume that’s optimized for reading and sharing on smartphones.