Like a lot of us, Jordan McDonnell was really, really tired of sending out the same old boring one-page Word doc resume. How he could stand out in his search, he thought, with a resume that looked like everybody else’s?
So, he decided to do something a little different: He created a SlideShare titled “This is NOT My Resume,” in which he went into detail about his life experiences, general fun facts, and even funny “quotes” from his parents (“Jordan is a hard-working, intelligent, and ambitious go-getter. If only he could also be as good a golfer as his old man”). In short, it told the story his resume couldn’t tell—in an engaging, visual way.
Did it work? Sure did—he had hundreds of thousands of visits to his SlideShare, earned media mentions in business publications, and landed his dream gig at Twitter.
The lesson? It can pay to be creative with your job searching materials, even when you’re not going into a creative field. This approach works particularly well because it tells his story and shows what he's done, but it’s also not incredibly high-tech, meaning anyone could make it (and make it look good). Plus, since it’s in a PowerPoint format, even very traditional hiring managers won’t find it too far out there (especially if it accompanies an actual resume).
Want to see McDonnell’s “resume” yourself? Check it out below!
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