The problem with resumes is that it’s next to impossible to represent yourself on one sheet of paper.
In the midst of job-hunting at various points over the past six years, I’ve often felt frustrated with the limitation of translating my whole self as a candidate via a 12-point-font, one-page document. A cover letter affords additional opportunity to communicate individuality, but the resume is really the main tool recruiters use to understand your experience and assess fit for the job.
Enter: Sumry, a new dynamic resume builder that helps you tell your entire story—and stand out from the pack.
Available in six design options and viewable as a web page or downloadable as a PDF, a Sumry resume presents your skills, background, and interests as a browsable timeline.
You can also add sections that communicate your interests and personality, links to your website, portfolio, or social media profiles, as well as a profile photo and summary.
We love that the platform stays true to the standard resume formats—it’s simple, streamlined, and easy for people to scan—but that it paints a much more holistic picture of you as a candidate. (“Three years of content marketing experience” means nothing compared to a visual representation of your content marketing background in the context of your other experience, skills, and recreational pursuits.)
Check out a few examples of customized Sumry resume templates to get inspiration for what you can do with the site.
Remember, even if you don’t work in a creative field, crafting a resume template that stands out can really make an impact on the people reviewing it (and can be just what you need to get a foot in the interview door).
Oh, and even Sumry’s pricing model is geared toward getting you hired: You get a free 7-day trial, after which the tool costs $10/month until you get a job, and $2/month after that. You can cancel at any time. But who knows if you’ll want to?
Allison Stadd works in marketing & communications and is also a freelance blogger, digital life coach, and social media consultant. She's a fan of good books and good beer with equal enthusiasm, and when she's not slinging tweets, pins, and posts, you'll find her at the nearest concert hall.More from this Author