Spring Clean Your Resume

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Edited March 19, 2015

Have you considered updating your resume, but aren’t sure where to begin? We have resume spring cleaning suggestions to bring your document into the digital age!

Setup an online portfolio. Make your resume more noticeable with an online portfolio. Portfolio sites like LinkedIn are excellent resources for showcasing your work and providing endorsements from other people in your professional network. Competitive hiring managers want to see concrete proof that you can do the job you’re applying for.

Try an infographic resume. An infographic resume won’t be the resume spring cleaning solution for every industry, but this format shows prospective employers your professional information in an eye-catching way. When done correctly, an infographic resume allows hiring managers to quickly scan your experience, education, and skills.

If you’re interested in creating an infographic resume, start your resume makeover at Re.vu. This tool can help you create a visual resume that you can upload to your personal website or your online portfolio on LinkedIn.

Create a personal landing page. A personal landing page brings all your skills and experience together into one place. It’s a simple page with a personal photo and uncomplicated menu listing categories of interest to employers. If you’re a graphic designer, include a link to your visual work; if you’re a freelance writer, you’ll want to list a few of your best published works.

Think of a personal landing page as a biography you’d see on a dating website, but designed for employers and clients to view your accomplishments.

Other Points to Keep in Mind

Make a good first impression. Everything an employer finds out about you online boils down to a first impression. Internet users don’t waste a lot of time reading, so you have to make sure your first impression keeps the interest of your intended audience. Don’t fill up landing pages with personal information and hobbies, stick to the essentials that pertain to your skills and experience.

Focus on the pitch. Remember that you’re asking a potential employer to give you a job. You can’t get what you want if you don’t ask for it. If the goal of your online portfolio and personal landing page is to get a recruiter to call you, ask them to contact you if they’d like to learn more about your qualifications.

Don’t hide the important stuff. Make sure that you highlight your achievements and abilities – that’s what employers want to see above all else. They want to know what you can do for their company before they see where you went to school. When utilizing a visual resume, the order in which you present your information is just as important as the content.

Be consistent. Carefully select your colors, photos, and fonts. A visual resume solidifies your personal brand, so all the graphic components should convey a similar style and feel.

We want to hear from you! How do you plan on updating your resume this spring? Join the discussion by leaving a comment below and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

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Sarah Rivkind writes about a variety of topics related to telecommuting, work-life balance, job searching, and more.

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