If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, then you know that I’m looking to hire a Knowledge Management Department & Library Coordinator. That’s not the focus of this post, but my experience (not necessarily recently) of reviewing résumés got me thinking about innovative ways to do things. I’ve also been thinking a lot about presentations — PowerPoint presentations in particular (as you may know from my previous post). Could combining the two–résumés and PowerPoint presentations–be the way to stand out from the crowd? The chocolate and peanut butter of self-promotion?
The examples below, from SlideShare, are great. When was the last time you were so engaged by a résumé? Clicking through them, I couldn’t wait to see what was on the next slides. These CVs instantly tell me a lot more about their creators than what’s in the four corners of the slide decks. They scream: “I’m innovative, creative, and I realize that I need to stand out to succeed. And, oh yeah, I will succeed.” They also tell me that these people are bold and willing to challenge the conventional ways of doing things. To use the old cliché, they think outside the box.
So, here’s the challenge: Draw some inspiration from this concept. Make a slide deck to promote yourself. Tell the world about you. It doesn’t have to be a résumé. Use an old medium in a new way. When you’ve uploaded your deck on SlideShare, post a link to it in the comments, below.