Sending your run of the mill standard resume just doesn’t cut it anymore. These days you’ve got to find original and creative ways to impress your potential employer. Showing them your skills in a practical way is the first step to doing so.
Up-to-date online portfolios, show reels, popular social network profiles and original and concise resumes are essential to making a good first impression. Over the last few months I’ve been trying to establish my online portfolio as my own personal brand. Doing so, I’ve decided to create a micro-CV card. Not that different from your usual business card, I have adapted it to suit my online portfolio’s logo, graphic identity and design. As you can see, my CV card includes a QR code on the back which links directly to this site.
The stripes on the back are coloured in reference to the visual identity of the places where I’ve worked or studied, and each colour skill is linked with the colour of the place that I used to work. For example, the skill “Media Relations” is in light blue, because that’s the colour of INESC Porto where I’ve worked in Media Relations.
I’m hoping this card will be a good way to present my skills as well as a short resume and contact card to any potential employers. However, I have a few questions I would like you to help me with. Do you think I should include my online portfolio’s URL along with the QR code? I’m thinking of doing so, since some employers might not have a smartphone, and also because my portfolio is better suited to be viewed on a standard computer browser instead of a smartphone screen.
If you have any other suggestions or commentaries be sure to reach me, either by commenting on this post or through the Contac Me page. Also, if you have any knowledge about a low-cost printing service that offers good quality print business cards, don’t hesitate in letting me know!