A friend was at an industry conference recently and was given a rather unique resume. Knowing that I was in the business of resumes he passed it along to me to take a look. I had heard of these resumes awhile back but nothing much ever seemed to come of them. I had not seen one up close and personal until now. Take a look:
I’m not even sure what to call it. It’s more than a business card, sharing more characteristics of a credit card both in size and material. There was a trend of “business card” resumes which were simply business cards with contact information, a brief branding statement, and web addresses where a profile or resume could be viewed in its entirety. This card is not that. After a little looking I found that “plastic business cards” seemed to be the search phrase to use.
Everything you need to know about a candidate on an item the size of a credit card. It’s not actually a resume but a quick snapshot of her credentials with a link to her LinkedIn profile. What do you think? I like it. It’s efficient, succinct, and extremely portable. It has freshness and novelty that I think makes it an effective mode for promoting your qualifications. Those receiving it won’t be expecting it so it can leave a lasting impression and spark a curiosity about what it contains prompting them to check it out.
This is so much easier to keep in your wallet and pass out at a moment’s notice; after all, you never know where you might make a potential contact. I mean, who walks around with a stack of resumes? In the same sense it will be much appreciated by those on the receiving end of your card – easy to store in a wallet, pocket, or purse. Whoever is given your card will also appreciate the convenience of simply pocketing your resume.
QR Codes are a great way to link pretty much whatever you want to a code that can be easily scanned by a Smartphone. All anyone has to do is download a free QR reader app to their phone and they can immediately scan and view the linked content. No more giving someone the URL to your LinkedIn profile, online resume, or wherever you promote yourself and waiting for them to look it up on a computer. Scan the code and BAM! there it is. So, how do you get one of those funky looking QR codes? Search QR code maker and find the site you want to use. Link up the URL and you are set to go!
I like the concept behind these “plastic business cards”. Standard resumes have seen their prime and it’s time for job seekers to branch out to using non-traditional means to promote themselves. Have you seen these cards or used them yourself? I’d love to hear from anyone who has used one. How were the cards received? Did they work? What about anyone who has been given a card. What did you think? Did it make an impression? Let me know!
by Megan Koehler