Did you know that only 1% of resumes actually lead to a job offer?
The reason why is simple… people are bored.
Recruiters and HR pro’s are sick and tired of seeing the same boring, templated resumes and cover letters… In fact, they’re dying for you to express your passions, strengths and desires in some authentic, creative way.
We all go through school and are taught the exact same thing about finding a job… Put together a resume, tweak your cover letter a bit, and send off slightly tweaked versions to as many people as possible.
So, it’s no wonder that only 1% of traditional resumes lead to a job offer… everyone’s doing the same thing! And employers, especially the best ones, are tired of seeing it.
7 Free Or Cheap Online Tools That Trump Your Traditional Resume:
They want people who are willing to stand out from the crowd and showcase who they really are and what they really want in a unique way… And it just so happens that some of the easiest, cheapest, and most effective ways to get your dream employer’s attention are now available to you online.
So, without further ado, here are…
Tell your story in a unique presentation via Slideshare like this girl, and embed it right into your LinkedIn profile or website. Their social sharing options also increase your chances of getting recruited.
If you want to showcase your passion for a topic through a blog, then WordPress is one of the best places to do it. It’s free and easy to set up, and has lots of great looking themes.
Just type in “creative video cover letter” to YouTube, and you’ll see tons of people using this strategy already. Why? Because it works. Creating a video cover letter gives employers a better feel for who you are – plus it shows that you’re willing to go above and beyond to make an impression.
Try Flavors.me and combine your social media profiles and any audio or video you want to create a simple, yet visually stunning website.
Vizualize.me is a great way to make your resume stand out by creating an infographic. Again, it’s easy to use, and you can sign up with your LinkedIn account.
Wix is possibly the easiest and fastest way out there to create a beautiful looking website, without dealing with any coding. Get your creativity on, and showcase yourself in a unique way here.
DoYouBuzz will turn your resume into a website. There’s less customization available here, but it’s easy to use and has some great features.
The added bonus to each of these is that they stand a good chance of showing up on the first page of Google when an employer searches for your name (which they will).
Now, a word of warning…
You Don’t Have To Use All Of These At The Same Time
In fact, doing a great job with just one of the these tools will be more than enough to stand out from the crowd, make an impression on your dream organization, and potentially get you shortlisted for an interview.
So, find the one that fits you best, and put together something that tells your story in a way that will grab their attention.
It’s well worth your time, and might just get you your dream job.
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