Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The networked communicator: Learn from a student about revved-up resumes

Remember that old piece of advice to "dress for the job you want, not the job you have?" Today, we might say you should dress up your resume or online profile so it reflects where you (and your communications tools) are headed, not where they've been.

Here's a case in point. This isn't just an infographic. It's a resume. It belongs to the latest Huffington Post hire, University of Missouri journalism student Christopher Spurlock. He didn't mail it in--he posted it on Huffington Post College, where it got shared by a HuffPo staffer and went viral. From TechCrunch:

The original post, which amassing thousands of Facebook “Likes,” hundreds of tweets, and tens of thousands of pageviews, eventually convinced Kanalley to bring on Spurlock as a Huffington Post Infographic Design Editor, but not before Kanalley wrote a followup post “How to Make Your Resume Stand Out: 5 Tips From Chris Spurlock.” Indeed.

Here's the thing, communicators: You don't need to be a fresh-faced college grad to get this creative. The moment I saw this resume expressed as an infographic timeline, I thought of Dipity.com, which lets you create interactive timelines--and link in documents and resources. But you might find your best expression in a YouTube video profile or About.me photo or some other social tool. If you've got just such a creative communicator's resume, share a link with us in the comments.

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