Creating A Digital Resume

Creating a digital resume can help you stand out from other job applicants. Visit our Jobseeker hub to learn how to create one to impress prospective employers.
How Creating a Digital Resume Can Help you Stand out from the Crowd
 
In today’s digital world, many jobseekers are opting to go digital with their resumes; in some fields such as Graphic Design, Web Development and Digital Marketing it’s almost expected to have one to outline your skills straight from the time you apply for a job. A customised, digital resume offers an exciting alternative to a standard resume template, and signals to potential employers both your tech-savvy and creative flair, as well as your initiative to go the extra mile. If you want to get ahead of the competition, be creative and showcase your digital talents, keep reading to find out how to create an impressive digital resume which will have recruiters and employers 
 
1. Select the Right Platform
Step one to creating an impressive digital resume will depend on how much effort you want to put into it, and what field of work you want to find a job in. For example, if you’re simply looking for an online template to customise (or something which you can print out), then websites such as VisualCV.com will suit you best. If instead you’re looking to update your resume regularly, or showcase your advanced digital skills, then you can create your own website outlining your skills and experience on an easy-to-use CMS site such as WordPress. There are benefits to both options: an online template will be easier to create and manage, however a Wordpress resume has the advantages of being more impressive, and also gives you the opportunities to upload additional examples of work such as videos, photographs and written works such as articles, press releases or whitepapers.
 
2. Use Rich Media
If standing out from other job applicants’ is your aim, then including rich media in your digital resume is crucial in a sea of static, traditional paper-based CV’s and incomplete LinkedIn profiles. A simple high-resolution profile photo that portrays you as you’d like to be seen by employers (a professional shot in a suit and tie for a corporate role, or standing beside the Taj Mahal, for a travel industry position) is a great start. Adding video or infographics which summarise your experience and career ambitions is a further step you may consider, a feature especially useful for design and media industry professionals.
 
3. Content is King
Whilst making your digital resume look impressive is vital to attracting the attention of busy recruiters, once you have their attention then you must keep them interested with the content of your job application – your actual work experience, skills and career ambitions. Simply, you must sell to them the reason WHY you want the job they’ve advertised and how hiring you will benefit them as an employer. This is where all the traditional rules of resume-writing still apply. Don’t forget to include your contact details and links to other online platforms which will support your claims of experience and skills such as a professional Twitter account or LinkedIn profile.
 
4. Use Keywords 
The final and arguably most important tip to keep in mind when creating your digital resume is to ensure it contains keywords within the body copy directly targeting the job and industry in which you’re seeking employment. For example if you’re seeking a position as a photographer then weaving words such as “photography”, “photographer”, “photography skills”, “macro photography”, naturally into your cover letter and employment history is vital for your resume to be found in the first place. Proper use of keywords will display your resume for relevant Google search results and ensure the resume-scanning software favoured by modern recruiters notes you as a suitable candidate. 

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