For the past six months, I’ve been writing articles for the Full Sail University blog and student/instructor platform: Connect. ”Why You Need A Visual Resume: Part One” ran last week, and I’d love to share the follow up with you today:
For the past six months, I’ve been writing articles for the Full Sail University blog and student/instructor platform: Connect. ”Why You Need A Visual Resume: Part One” debuted today, and I’d love to share it with you:
Please click here to read my article on the Full Sail University blog.
When I woke up this morning, I had no idea this week would end with a classroom visit from the one and only Steve Cherches! I’ve been a huge fan of Steve’s for about a year now due to blogs and social media, so connecting with him in real life is such an honor. He’ll be visiting my Professional Communication and Presentation class tomorrow, and he’s in for a real treat: my students are delivering their TED Analysis presentations.
We’re also discussing the Visual Resume, so Steve will have a lot of great things to say on the topic based upon his experiences. He is a visual thinker and founder of VizThink NYC. Check out one of VizThink’s projects here.
To learn more about the visual resume, check out Chiara Ojeda’s “Visualizing Resumes” deck below. This one really should be a “Top Presentation of the Day.” Hint hint, Slideshare! :)
I’ll report back ASAP about my meeting with Steve.
Have you met any superstars in your industry? Have you ever met any of your mentors in person? Share your experiences with me!
Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of fascinating articles on Inc. that relate to the course I teach: Professional Communication and Presentation. We focus on public speaking and presentation, but we also examine what it means to be a “professional communicator” in assignments such as the visual resume (check out my visual resume below).
In “10 Ways You Should Never Describe Yourself,” Jeff Haden explains how we should refer to and talk about ourselves on LinkedIn, in our cover letter, and on a resume (or a visual resume). Haden takes us through ten overused words such as passionate, unique, and innovative and explains why these ideas are now cliché. So just how can we stand apart from the competition?
Since my class began the Visual Resume project, you’d think every single student came perfectly cookie cuttered from the same factory assembly line. They’re all exceptionally creative, organized, and unique team-players with extensive experience and strong communication skills.
Don’t just take it from me. Read LinkedIn’s review of the most overused words in 2011. The same words cross over from Haden’s list.
Haden adds “authority” and “guru” to the list, which I feel is interesting. He argues, “[i]f you have to say you’re an authority, you aren’t” (Source). Instead of “trying too hard,” Haden suggests we list specific strengths. For example, my students should say “Pianist for XYZ” instead of “Musical Ninja.” The point is, Haden says, “[s]ome of those terms truly may describe you, but since they’re also being used to describe everyone else they’ve lost their impact” (Source).
This has got me excited for my own Visual Resume 2.0 update sometime soon! I have plenty to tweak, edit, and change based on Haden’s advice:
We talk a lot in my class about charisma as it relates to public speaking and presentation. Students (and even some professors!) believe “charisma” is a magical quality we were either born with or not. How, then, can one person be charismatic during one speech but not during another? As it relates to public speaking, charisma is developed through a perfect intersection of 1) speech content/message, 2) delivery, and 3) visual design. When the three legs of the presentation stool come together through effective preparation, audience analysis, and practice, we nail our presentation, and audiences feel we have charisma. When one leg is wobbly, we lose that magical quality.
Jeff Haden agrees that “charisma isn’t something you have. It’s something you earn” (Source). In “How To Be More Charismatic: 10 Tips,” he details how you can work to be a more charismatic person. Just like with presentation, his tips involve being audience-focused as opposed to self-centered.
To learn more about how to be a charismatic presenter, check out my three-part series here.
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.