3 Ideas For More Colorful Resumes

Technology has disrupted how we do just about everything—the way we connect with one another, plan a vacation, shop

How you get a job is no exception. However, despite the quantum leaps in our tech tools, the traditional ways of applying for school, internships and jobs are still the norm. Paper resumes, business cards and binder portfolios are still a big part of the job search. We’re here to tell you it is time for a change.

If you currently have a traditional one-page resume, we invite you to try something new. This summer take some time to explore how you can best represent your skills and experiences visually and digitally. As you embark on this exercise, consider what’s missing on your current resume and how you might transform it using bulb. 

We’ve come up with 3 ways to transform your traditional resume into a dynamic, multimedia story that will tell your whole story better than any piece of paper ever could. 

1) Embed your resume on a page.

This is the simplest way to get with the times. It’s basically digitizing your resume. Using our “attach file” feature, you can upload a PDF of your traditional resume and embed it directly onto a bulb page, or you can pull it directly from Google Drive and embed on your page. This makes your resume accessible to anyone, anytime and anywhere—all you have to give them is the URL to the bulb page. Try linking to this page in your email cover letter or pasting it on an application. You can write an introduction to yourself above or below the resume for some added flair.

2) Create a resume collection.

This is an especially good option to consider for a student’s college application or other opportunities where they have more time and space to talk about themselves and their work. Creating an entire resume collection allows you to break up your professional story into digestible chunks, from which someone can pick and choose where to look and read more. Examples of pages inside a resume collection could be:

Each page should have images, text, video and other elements of evidence demonstrating what you have done. Imagine this as a really, really thorough resume—one that gives the most accurate depiction of who you are and what you can do.

3) Build Out Your Resume Visually

This is also called a resume infographic or the visual resume. In short, it’s a traditional-medium resume (single page PDF), but with a fun graphic twist. If you’ve seen an infographic, you know the basic concept is to illustrate data and information in a visual way for quick understanding and comparison. It provides a snapshot picture (literally) of who you are and what you do. There are lots of great tools out there to help you create a good infographic resume, like Canva and PiktoChart, just to name a couple.

In bulb, there are lots of ways you can create a more complete representation of who you are, what you know and your accomplishments, there are just a few ideas to help you get started. 

15 January 2019