ResumUP is a new way to market yourself and stand out in the job seeking world. The website helps you generate a timeline to show how you have developed your career profile and help you step-by-step by providing you a roadmap to your career. It is complete with connections and skills that you have to learn to for you to be able to achieve your goal. It is still in beta and needs a lot of improvement, especially for Filipino students who needs a stepping stone here in the Philippines before competing in the global market.
Figure 1 Career Timeline with Legend
The visual resume is both informative and useful. It is also simple enough to be understood by someone in the information technology industries. Your resume can be imported from your LinkedIn or Facebook profiles. You can also generate your own from the pop-ups. ResumUP can also make a text version of your resume.
Though still lacking a few directions and careers, ResumUP offers a career path one should take in order to succeed. The app offers a step-by-step development to reach your dream goal. Your dream job may have steps in-between and skills to learn in order to “level-up” to the next job. I view this by how you “build” yourself like in MMORPG’s to land in a new “tier” or “job”.
Figure 2 Hobbies, Personality and Skill Charts
Suggestions to make it better
I think ResumUP need career consultants in different fields from different countries to be more effective. They could also directly link the LinkedIn profile so that ResumUP would automatically update as well.
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Job hunting nowadays can really be a pain! Based from my experience, it really is better to stand out from the conventional and advertise what you can offer. I know I don’t have that much of a success rate in terms of job hunting but I know this will help.
1. Have a good resume: Not just the simple old resume that applicants give to their potential employers but something that would stand out. Treat resumes like flyers, that you could give. It contains little information but packed with all the good things like your recent employment, your skills, your degrees and awards. Save all other information to professional networking sites like LinkedIn.
Always have a template prepared and update it once in a while.
Use a QR Code to store your information. This will allow your potential employers to save your information in an instant to their smartphones. All you need is a QR Code Generator and a QR Code reader for your smartphone. I think the most common reader used in Android phones is the NeoReader.
2. User 21st Century Technology (Social Networking Sites): What do I mean by 21st century technology? Use social networking sites to advertise yourself! LinkedIn is a professional networking site used for job hunting. It stores your resume online from contact information to certifications. You could also set your profile publicly so it can be googled or you could share your public profile link. Mine can be scanned or clicked on the right side of the page (QR Code and link). You could also use Rapportive to integrate your social networks into your gmail account. It aggregates your LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and the all important Gmail into one user interface. Rapportive lets you see your contacts’ information beside your email which pulls it from social networks.
3. Use Old School Networking (Business Cards): Make personal business/calling cards! You might not know the next time you are in a meeting room full of CEO’s and directors. Always carry a card or two or maybe three just in case. There are many calling card printers out there that you could give your layout but I suggest contacting uEdge. They could generate QR codes from your contact details but you could generate them your own.
4. Showcase your Skills: Skills are important if you want a company to hire you. Try to showcase them in a website or facebook page. Try to make a project while you are waiting for a call. Don’t make yourself idle.
*Tip: one last tip, make your email address more professional looking. Don’t use firstname.lastname@example.org or something similar.
Please hit the comments if you have any questions.
So I got my personal business card yesterday. The design was made by me and I sent this to uEdge for printing. My design incorporates QR codes in my business card for easier scanning to save my details to their smartphone and pointing to my LinkedIn profile in the internet for more information. uEdge also offers the same technology to incorporate on your business cards to make it more cutting edge.
Business Card Printing: Php550.00
Delivery Charge: Php90.00
BDO regioinal deposit charge: Php50.00
Total Cost: Php690.00
Someone from my class asked why do I have my own website. My answer is to get myself out there and to promote what my skills are! Anyway, I’m making this post as a query for one of my students on how you could “get yourself out there”.