What does your high-tech resume look like?
The following is a post from our outstanding remote intern, Cody Klug.
My name is Cody Klug and I’m the intern. However, I’m not your stereotypical intern. I don’t go on coffee runs, don’t make copies, and don’t actually work in the office. I’m currently living and working in North Dakota, so all the work I do is done remotely. No, we don’t have pet buffalo and yes, we do have electricity (Those are real questions I’ve been asked before).
A recent graduate of the University of North Dakota, I have a B.A. in Communications, with an emphasis in Public Relations. Like many others in my position, school is now over and it’s time to find a job. Also, like many others, finding a job in these harsh economic times has proven to be difficult. After the first few rejection letters, I learned the necessity of standing out.
Since it’s hard to ignore the idea of technology integrating with every aspect of our lives, I’ve tried to use my knowledge and love of the subject to set myself apart from other applicants. One of the first ideas I had was making my resume into a mobile phone app. Due to the increasing number of smart phone users, I thought an app would have been a great way to stand out and show ingenuity.
I wanted the furthest reach for the app and ultimate exposure. Therefore, finding out statistics on the most popular operating system was required. Surveys showed that around 40 – 50 percent of all smartphones were based on Android. The next step was to figure out the process of creating an app without any formal computer programming training, which proved to be much harder than anticipated. Google is nice enough to provide aspiring app developers with the tools, but not necessarily the knowledge on how to create your own masterpiece. Much like my aspiring dreams of being an astronaut, I had to let go of my app idea.
My next idea came a few months ago, when I noticed how much Quick Response code (QR code) tagged to everything. This also got me thinking. Recovering from my latest defeat, I rehashed my expectations. The original plan was to build a website then have the QR code link straight to that. However, since I skipped Internet Building 101 in school, I had to think of a Plan B. Although creating a QR code was not the difficult part, figuring out what to link it to was a different story. After using Google Docs in school, I remembered the ease of uploading and sharing documents. Therefore, I quickly uploaded my resume to Google Docs and created a QR code to link directly to that URL.
In my efforts to make my resume stand out, I have employed technology to distinguish myself from an otherwise homogenous sea of applications. This will be an ongoing process and I hope others in my position have thought outside the box as well in their efforts to do so.