Welcome! We are going to all corners of the earth to give you the inside scoop on the creative resumes that have successfully captivated audiences around the globe. Want to join us on the journey?
What makes an eye-catching and successful LinkedIn profile?
A few things, according to this infographic. To spruce up your LinkedIn profile, try customizing your profile URL. A professional way to do so is by using your full name, but if that is taken, try your name plus your occupation, or name plus region, if applicable. Make sure you’re easy to reach by listing updated and relevant contact information.
Pack a punch with a stellar first-person profile. Be sure to tell your story and share your accomplishments in a way that can be measured. Also explain how you can benefit your employer.
Under your experience, only include your most relevant jobs—sticking to three may be best. Make your profile more visual by adding images, videos, presentations, and pdfs. Of course, include a professional profile photo, which will make your profile 11 times more likely to be viewed.
Consider adding volunteer experience and posting regular content, which could give you a boost in views and networking. Want even more helpful tips? See the infographic below for more ideas to enhance your LinkedIn profile and maximize your odds of getting noticed.
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Would you believe that creating a unique 3D model could get you noticed for a job?
It worked for these six creative individuals, who all found ideal opportunities as a result of their unconventional jobseeking approach. From a box of chocolates to action figures to lost “passports”, we hope these successful 3D resumes will inspire your job search tactics. And if you aren’t sure where to start, we can help!
Rob Jervis got hired with a delicious box of chocolates and shares why he did it and what happened after he sent them off to potential employers.
Fannie Lam made a coffee and donuts replica that got her hired at Teletoon. She shares her inspiration, her creation process, and some useful tips for jobseekers.
Jens Lennartsson, a photographer, got noticed with lookalike action figures that he designed. He explains how the “G.I. Jens” figures best tell his story, how they expanded his network, the extensive creation process, and his tips for others looking to stand out.
Leah Bowman got hired with a LEGO version of herself and shares all about her unconventional and successful approach. She talks about the creative process, the amount of time involved, her thoughts on the media storm over the resume, and her best advice for jobseekers.
Jon Ryder found copywriting work by putting his resume on a medicine box and explains how this clever approach best tells his story. He discusses the response to the resume, whether or not he thought it would work, the creative process and how to stand out when job hunting.
Miruna Macri designed a fake passport for her resume and purposely “lost” it at various ad agencies where she wanted to work. She discusses the idea’s inspiration, the creative process, the logistics of leaving the passport in the buildings of ad agencies, and the positive response.
What does it take to jump start your career?
If you’re thinking a stellar resume, a lot of networking and a degree in a desirable field, you’re on the right track. But if you want to stand out from the crowd, consider the useful tips in this infographic. For example, does your resume tell your story? Does it showcase who you are professionally and what you can do? Do your social media profiles put your best face forward, without anything negative that could reduce your chances of being hired?
To get noticed and boost your career, build an expert reputation online, through blogging and discussion. Show the world (and potential employers) what you know and why you’re the best at what you do. 80% of jobs come through networking, so network extensively, in-person and online. Start with friends and family and don’t be afraid to ask for referrals. Offer your help for free to get exposure and experience. Interact online in your field, but always be kind, as 70% of employers have rejected applicants due to online behavior.
When you get called for that interview, do your research before you go. Be confident, adept, and concise. And don’t forget to negotiate an offer, as 100% of employers expect to negotiate, yet only 25% of applicants try it.
Check out this infographic for even more advice on how to stand out and get noticed, no matter where you’re at in your career:
Can a social media resume help secure your dream job?
For the following six people, the answer is a resounding yes. While social networking is beneficial in itself, each of these former jobseekers went further by thinking outside the box and used social media tools like Facebook, Pinterest, and Vine to get noticed…and hired.
These inspiring stories are highlighted below, showcasing how an unconventional approach and your individiual story can positively impact your job search.
Claudio Nader scored his job with a Facebook resume, and shares why he took a non-traditional route and how he got his virtual resume noticed.
How do you stand out as a jobseeker in 2016?
Job searching in many fields is now often more complex than filling out an application or turning in a traditional resume. To grab attention, add more facts and details to your resume to highlight how you can make a positive impact—make sure your achievements shine! Consider a visual resume to elevate yourself from the crowd. Prune your social media accounts and ensure that any searching employers see you at your best.
Also think small, as the infographic below states, as smaller companies are more likely to create new jobs, and be sure to thoroughly research the company before an interview and check their website for job listings directly. Finally, remember that networking, both in-person and virtually, still plays an important role in getting noticed for a job. See the infographic for more and browse our previous posts for endless tips to stand out in your job search.
Does your LinkedIn profile stand out from the jobseeking crowd?
With more than 400 million users from all over the world and 89 percent of recruiters having hired someone through the platform, LinkedIn is not only advantageous but potentially essential to a successful job search. To prepare, consider checking your LinkedIn name— is it consistent with your resume and other business media? Is your profile photo clear, sharp and professional (which makes you 14 times more likely to be found)? Are you using a custom URL? This infographic gives you the how-to to all of this and more as it explains what type of language and keywords to use, how to turn off notifications so you don’t annoy your contacts, and how to network effectively to ensure you stand out and get noticed.
Will you find your next job with social media?
Chances are good—and ever improving—that you just might. This infographic tells us that 1 in 6 workers found jobs through social media and that the percentage of people hired through an online social network went up 5% since 2010. Not to mention, just over half of jobseekers utilize Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn in their job hunt—millions in the United States alone found jobs through one of three aforementioned social media sites. If you’re a “super social” jobseeker, meaning you have more than 150 contacts within one of your social networks, you have an even greater chance of finding a job using social media. Read on below for more details.
You’ve got a video job interview—how do you prepare?
Online job interviews are becoming more prevalent, and according to this infographic, 500 surveyed HR managers responded that they use video interviews at least 50 percent of the time.
So after you have pruned your social media profiles and thoroughly researched the company, practice rehearsing for the interview, either with a colleague or solo, to work out any rough edges. Watch your body language and compare it to the images below. Make sure to check your technology before the interview and eliminate any background clutter and computer noise to ensure you will have no distractions. Now you’re ready to put your best virtual face forward! Check out the infographic below for more details:
Does the job search process seem daunting? Not sure of the best steps to take?
This infographic offers some peace of mind, with several steps to make your job search even a little bit smoother. Get off to the right start by updating your resume so it grabs attention (we can help you with that!). Update LinkedIn and clean up Facebook, Twitter and other social media profiles, because as many as 44% of employers prescreen potential hires on these platforms.
Amplify your search process with tried-and-true search methods: 41% of jobseekers found a job through networking, 25% were hired through job boards and an agency or firm helped 11% of jobseekers. But some in smaller numbers were able to land a job through direct approach, online networking and classifieds.
Finally, persevere, because on average, for every 100 applications you submit, you’ll receive 10 interviews…and one job. See the infographic for more details, and good luck!
How much influence do your personal social media profiles have on your job search?
A great deal, if your potential employer is using social screening in their hiring process—at least 45% of companies are, according to this infographic. Positive content can help you stand out, but likewise, content such as negative comments on blogs, comments about previous employers and some network connections can actually hurt your hireability. Read on below for more practices to avoid on social media as a jobseeker: