21st Century Resumes: The Slideshow Resume

If you want to stand out in the sea of job applicants today then you need to do something special. A plain old paper resume just isn’t going to cut it. In addition to being the same as everyone else’s resume, a regular paper resume doesn’t give you the room to really show off who you are. That’s why 21st century resumes tend to be multimedia presentations instead of flat pieces of paper.┬áThe video resume is really popular right now but it’s not the only option you have for a non-traditional resume. Another great option is the slideshow resume.

Benefits of a slideshow resume

Some of the reasons that you may want to go with a slideshow resume include:

  • It is more dynamic than a traditional resume.
  • A slideshow resume demonstrates your ability to put together a presentation, which is a great skill that is desirable to many employers.
  • You don’t have to perform for the camera as you would have to do with a video resume so it’s a multimedia presentation that is fairly low pressure.
  • The slideshow resume is designed for online resume hosting, a format that employers often prefer today.
  • The slideshow resume is well-suited to sharing and linking. This shows off your important social media skills and makes you more attractive to employers.

Example of a slideshow resume

This slideshow resume video by David Sherman is a great example of what you could do with just a little work. It gives you a great idea of what a good slideshow looks like and also provides terrific tips for making your own slideshow resume.

One example of a great, free slideshow-builder is Sliderocket (see image above), which lets you build interactive, web-based slideshows. To get all the best features, however, you will have to pay a small subscription fee.
To help you get started on your own slideshow resume, here are a few tips for you:

  • Base it on your paper resume. You want to include the same essential information that you would include in a regular resume but present it in a more dynamic form.
  • Get familiar with your slideshow program. In the example above the creator used SlideShare but of course there are other programs that you can use to make a slideshow. SlideShare is nice because it has built-in sharing features but make sure that you use a program that you are familiar with (or familiarize yourself with a new one) to produce a high quality slideshow resume.
  • Don’t be too silly. Although the example above has a great sense of humor you do want to err on the side of professionalism when it comes to your slideshow resume.
  • Add charts and graphs. These are great visuals that you can use to show off your skills. For example, a pie chart of your work experience could work for you.
  • Keep it concise. It should only take 1-3 minutes to go through all of the slides in your virtual resume slideshow. If it takes any longer you need to be briefer.
    Make sure that your contact information is clear. The first and final slides should make it clear how to reach you by email and phone.

Have you ever used a slideshow resume? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

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