Today, my amazing May Professional Communication and Presentation class turned in their final project: the visual resume. Take a gander at two beautiful examples below:
Mallory put together a Keynote using grids and a clean font. She pulled inspiration from a website which used the square color palette she duplicated from the colors in her own images. Clean, simple, elegant…
Ricci used Pages to create a four-page visual resume. She used a rainbow effect on some of her text to highlight important words and to showcase her personality. Fun and a little glamorous….
I’m going to miss my precious angel May PCP students! They were one of my favorite classes to date.
Michelle Magoffin created this gorgeous visual resume:
I definitely need to step it up and revise mine immediately! Learn more about Michelle Magoffin here. This woman deserves the job of her dreams.
Also, it’s important to get your visual resume out using multiple websites. For example, Business Insider wrote about the 7 cool resumes they found on Pintrest.
LinkedIn is “the world’s largest professional network with more than 135 million members worldwide, today released the most overused words and phrases in members’ LinkedIn Profiles for 2011. The number one most overused buzzword in LinkedIn Profiles globally and for professionals based in the United States is ‘creative’” (Source).
LinkedIn’s top 10 words or phrases that are overused on resumes and cover letters in the United States are as follows:
4. Extensive experience
5. Track record
8. Problem solving
9. Communication skills
So I think I use every single one of these on my LinkedIn profile, resume, and cover letter. What can we do to avoid these overused words or phrases? Don’t tell… show.
Enter the visual resume.
The first time I ever heard the term “visual resume” was in David McCandless’s TED Talk. Other great sources of inspiration for your own visual resume include Vizual Resume, visual resumes on Slideshare, and the blog of the one and only Chiara Ojeda. Inspiration always comes from viewing fantastic visual resumes designed by other people.
Remember that at this point in time, nothing will replace the traditional resume. However, the supplemental visual resume gives specific examples that prove you’re a creative and dynamic problem solver without having to include overused words #1, #8, and #10. Your visual resume doesn’t have to be a slideshow or a PDF… Use the medium that best shows off your talents and expresses your personality and skills.
Twitter provides me with a wealth of information on a daily basis, so I thought I’d start bookmarking each week’s most incredible news and articles. Check out last week’s Links of the Week here. This particular collection of good reads includes beautiful fonts for the minimalist designer, four retro social media posters, interesting company logos, and visual resume samples.
Today, SlideShare Tweeted the link for “30 Sleek Fonts for Your Minimalist Designs.” Each font was shown (along with weights… if applicable) along with a sample slide utilizing said fonts. My favorite was Quicksand developed by Andrew Paglinawan and presented so beautifully in white on a light blue background. Others to check out include Tall Films, Diavlo, and Edition. Which of these sleek fonts is your favorite?
I found these funny (and completely free!!) social media posters depicting Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Skype. Click here to see and download them for your own personal use. Thank you Pintrest! Because of your awesomeness, this link fell into my lap. I am including the Twitter poster below for your enjoyment. Don’t you love all four?
Since I discovered the arrow in FedEx, I’ve been obsessed with studying famous logos. Nikki Smith-Morgan from Public Words Tweeted “25 Famous Logos With Hidden Images,” and I spent an hour pouring over the flawless designs of companies such as Northwest Airlines, the London Orchestra, and – my personal favorite – The Pittsburgh Zoo. Who knew so many logos incorporated optical illusions into their company name?
I teach Professional Communication and Presentation, and the course concludes with a visual resume project. Once again, those awesome folks at Public Words linked me to “20 Creative Resume Designs That Will Amaze Any Potential Employer.” Check the site out here. All of these are incredibly creative, but I loved #5 by Chuckdlay the most. Can you believe these visual resumes?! I need to step it up around here.