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We are no longer in the written age. We are in the show-me age: The age where we create a visual for all of our experiences. We no longer say we are at the beach. We now share a picture of our perfectly manicured toes against the backdrop of the ocean. It tells the story WAY better than “Enjoying my view this morning.” Related: 3 Tools To Explore An Anonymous Job Search Humans process images 60,000 times faster than words. Images can provoke a faster emotional connection than words. The shift to visual content is permeating society for the better. Visual content allows you to communicate faster. And when you have a limited amount of time to make an impression, visual content can be the difference between phone screen and rejection pile. The challenge is that in the job search, we are not accustomed to thinking about our work visually. We have been trained to write about our accomplishment in verbose ways. Ways in which we spin a tale full of magic keywords to be scanned by a machine in hopes of getting noticed. But, in this age of visualization, we should think about how to present our best work visually. Think of it this way: If you had to post your latest awesome work project on Instagram, what would it look like? For example, my resume says: “Re-inventing CRM by creating a segmented loyalty communications strategy that houses communications in the platform vs. an under-performing email program.” If I am being honest, I say to myself what does that even mean? But, if I took a screenshot of what I came up with, you could see that it was a massive innovation in the loyalty space. My friends in sales talk about this all the time. Their resume talks about how they build relationships with customers to grow business. But what recruiters really want to see from a sales pro is: Did you beat your quota and if so, by how much. When I was selling, I once beat my sales goals by 200%. Therefore, my visual would simply say: 200% of quota. But, it doesn’t and it should. We all make things for work that impact the business, but because we have been in the “tell me” era for so long, we are not used to framing our achievements in the “show me” way. The cool thing is that visualizing your work can do wonders for your career, even if you aren’t looking for a job. What about annual reviews? You could use some of the tools below to create visuals for your accomplishments and then share them with your manager. Chances are, they are not thinking about all the wonderful contributions you’ve made to the company in this way. And it will be easier for them to make the case should a promotion become available. Here are a few tools for you to use to begin visualizing your accomplishments.

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Many hopeful job seekers have fallen prey to using a LinkedIn profile photo that works against them, by sending the wrong message to potential employers. But rethinking one’s LinkedIn photo choice is easy when you have multiple to choose from. What can you do when your current professional photo is the only one you’ve got? Related: 5 Reasons Your LinkedIn Photo Is Terrible If you don’t have the time and money to hire a professional photographer, but you have a smartphone in your pocket or a webcam on your computer, you’re still luck! When done right, a selfie (that is, a photo you take of yourself) against a blank backdrop or in your home office can be a completely legitimate way to gather a batch of new professional photo options in a snap. And if you really want to add polish and shine, here are four of the best tools out there for taking your self portraits to the next level.

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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:

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