Article by Australia based contributor Amelia Dermott.
In the current challenging job market you need to do all it takes to get noticed by recruiters and secure some exciting employment opportunities. Visual resumes are all the rage now – especially for creative industries. Fortunately, there are many tools to help you create captivating and customizable visual resumes – here are the six best of them.
VisualCV – https://www.visualcv.com
This tool works in a twofold way – first, it allows to create stunning visual resumes and second, it basically works like a database of online resumes. VisualCV features a flexible template that will be perfect for both a web portfolio and a classic pdf resume.
After creating your resume, you can publish it as an online CV or save it as a pdf file. Going for online, you’ll benefit from a mobile-friendly resume, which is also optimized for search engines.
Now comes the best part – VisualCV features a smart analytics section that shows you how your resume performs through the number of views and downloads. To top it all, it also tracks your email opens!
Easel.ly – http://www.easel.ly
This is a classic tool for making infographics that will be just as great for creating captivating visual resumes. Choosing Easel.ly, you’ve got two choices – you can either start from scratch or benefit from one of the dozens of ready-made templates that are a perfect start to your infographic-making journey.
Easel.ly is really easy to use – a simple drag and drop interface, practical text editing tools and many other customizable elements are what makes it an obvious choice for creating a visual resume
Re.vu – http://re.vu
The best thing about this tool is full customization – you can create an infographic resume to visually represent your education, career and skills. Re.vu is integrated with LinkedIn, so you won’t have to worry about entering lots of data manually – if there’s something you’d like to add however, you can do it as well.
The platform offers beautiful charts and graphics, as well as a clear layout to structure your information. The highlights of your career will be presented on the top, followed by other useful information like testimonials or spoken languages. You can upload files or add links that direct readers to your content. To top it all, you’ll have a range of analytics and promotion tools at your disposal.
About.me – https://about.me
This is basically a landing page service to help you create a personal landing page – a great alternative to infographic resumes. The layouts are standardized, but all other elements like fonts, backgrounds and colors are fully customizable. You can add links to your resume or LinkedIn profile – a landing page is about you advertising your skills and knowledge, not listing every single career achievement.
Additionally, you’ll get a range of page statistics. Paying a monthly fee, you’ll also receive Google Analytics, priority support and the possibility to remove all the app branding.
Kickresume – http://www.kickresume.com
This app is so user-friendly that creating a great resume will take you only 10 minutes. All you need to do is choose a design, import data from your LinkedIn profile or fill it in manually and save the visual CV on your hard disk as a pdf file. There are quite a few layout designs to choose from and the tool is completely free.
Flavors.me – http://flavors.me
Flavors.me is also a landing page service, but it offers far more customization options than About.me. Creating a unique profile, you can add a captivating photo or artwork to serve as your background and place relevant links on top of it. Upgrading to $20 a year, you’ll enjoy some real-time page statistics, a mobile page, even more customization options and a custom URL.
Making the most from the tools listed above, you’ll be on your way to creating some stunning resumes, which will catch the eye of every employer and recruiter.
Amelia Dermott is an author on Gumtree Australia. She specializes in career development, workplace productivity and small business advice. She’s interested in entrepreneurship and photography.