A well-made visual resume may help job applicants shine

A well-made visual resume may help job applicants shine

When people apply for a job, most of them will play it safe and submit a traditional resume. A smaller number of jobseekers are likely to take a chance and send a potential employer some type of visual resume.

In a recent commentary, CBS MoneyWatch writer Dave Johnson endorsed the idea of using a visual resume to stand out in a crowd – as long as it is tastefully done. For instance, rather than listing one bullet point after another, Johnson suggested jobseekers place their information in a timeline or infographic format.

Then, there is the video resume, which proved very effective for Matthew Epstein, who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2008, TIME reported. With the goal of landing a job at Google, Epstein created a website called googlepleasehire.me, where he posted a comical video pitch.

In Epstein’s video resume, he wore a fake mustache, blazer and boxers, while lounging in a mansion and marketing himself to the company. Although Epstein was not hired by Google, he was allowed to interview. He also caught the attention of 80 other companies, including Amazon and Microsoft, each of which extended an interview offer to the marketing-savvy jobseeker.

While no one resume can help people land the jobs they seek, taking a career test certainly has the potential to point them in the right direction.

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