3 Tools For Creating An Attention-Grabbing Resume

We live in a point in time where attention spans are extremely low and the amount of messaging is extremely high. Studies show that we're flooded with potentially over 1,000 advertisements in our typical day. Our eyes have been trained to go from one thing to the next — not allowing anything to hold our interest very long. Related: The Worst Resume Advice I’ve EVER Heard That's all fine and dandy until you find yourself between jobs or looking to take a step up from your current company. LinkedIn recently reported that, on average, hiring managers spend 6-seconds on each resume before deciding to keep it or toss it in the trash (I mean, the recycling can. I'm a good Portlander.) So, how do you build a resume that will capture the attention of hiring manager's rifling through a stack of hundreds of qualified applicants? How do you stand out from the crowd? Here are three tools to help you:


1. Sumry

Sumry is changing the way people apply for jobs. The first thing you'll notice is the beautiful resumes and fun way it walks you through the creation process. But, the strength of Sumry is that it redefines what a resume is. Sumry believes that resumes are a dying breed — forcing each applicant to fill them out the exact same way. With Sumry, you'll be able to creatively tell your story and allow employers to get comfortable with who you are. With Sumry Job Apps, you can apply for jobs and see the second the potential employer reads your cover letter and your resume. Sumry is free for a basic account, then $3 a month for Sumry Dream (their pro account.)

2. Behanced

Now owned by Adobe, this online portfolio allows a designer to show off their work in a clean and professional way. They claim to have "built a platform to remove the barriers between talent and opportunity." Behanced gives you space to showcase your creative work to a wide range of people looking for talent. They want to take the hard work out of making a nice page to display your work. Behanced is free to try, $11 a month for Behanced Pro Site.

3. Serply

Serply is yet another tool for displaying all of your work in a beautiful online profile. The difference with Serply is that it's specifically for professionals in the entertainment industry. With Serply, you can upload videos you've created. It let's other users view your work and endorse your work if they like it. It also allows you to link out to all of your social media channels for referrals. You can list your titles at companies you are apart of or have been apart of in the past. Serply is currently free.

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