Visual resumes are another way to apply for jobs.

Visual Resumes: How to Create a “Wow” Factor

In Blog, Employment Articles, Featured, News by Helena Gerritsen

Wow! That’s the response you may be able to get when an employer sees your visual resume. Make a great first impression with a visual resume and see if it would be right for you.

What is a visual resume?

visual resume shows your abilities and strengths using images and creative layouts. It shows your strengths with positive and powerful images and sets you apart from other applicants.  
It could include: 

  • Images
  • Graphics
  • Words

You can share valuable information such as: 

  • Work experience
  • Skills
  • Abilities

Who should have one?

People with a history of employment challenges, trouble communicating, or who have a disability may benefit from a visual resume. They’re especially helpful to people who work with job developers, who can help with networking and sharing the resume.  

How can I create a visual resume?

Visual resumes are simple to create and use. You can build them in a slideshow tool such as Microsoft PowerPoint, or you can use free online templates like Visualize.me 

What should I include in my visual resume?

When deciding whether to use a visual resume, think about both your potential employer and what to include in your resume. An effective visual resume will show employers how your experience, skills, abilities, and interests are a good fit for the job.

Think about your potential employer!

Do your research. Learn what the employer needs and the company’s vision. Make sure you’re your visual resume shows how you can meet their needs and how you would fit in.  

Create great content!

Your content should always have a purpose. Just like a written resume, content should be tailored to the position you’re applying for. 

Be sure that your visuals also have a purpose. If you don’t have a way to use a graphic, leave it out. Use a visual style that is professional and reflective of the workplace you are applying to.  

When shouldn’t I use a visual resume?

There are situations where you shouldn’t use a visual resume. Avoid applicant tracking systems, or systems that require an uploaded electronic resume. These systems often have limitations. Sometimes, they could automatically reject the application!  

It’s also important to note that human resources staff may not look at visual resumes. Their departments may have rigid expectations for resume formats. If you’re working with a job developer, check with them before sending a visual resume to a company. 

More Tips!

With all this in mind, you should have a better picture of what a visual resume is and why you might want to have one. Get more resume writing tips.   

Best wishes in your job search!