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Nontraditional Resumes

Advice on Nontraditional Resumes and When to Use Them


Here's what you need to know about nontraditional resumes including when you need more than a traditional resume, how a nontraditional resume can enhance your job hunt, the pros and cons of using nontraditional resumes, plus examples of a variety of types of online resumes and portfolios.

Types of Nontraditional Resumes

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What's a nontraditional resume? Nontraditional resumes include infographics, online portfolios, video resumes, personal career-focused websites and blogs, social resumes and more of the types of resumes that go beyond just the facts when showcasing your experience, skills and accomplishments.

Here's a list of the different types of nontraditional resumes, plus examples to review.

Pros and Cons of Nontraditional Resumes

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Nontraditional resumes are not for everyone. However, they can be very beneficial for certain types of job applicants. Here are the pros and cons to help you decide whether you should take the time to create one.

Nontraditional Resume Tips

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Advice on when to use a nontraditional resume, including how they can help you stand out from the crowd and enhance your prospects for employment.

Free Creative Resume Websites

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Check out these free websites where you can design, build, store and share your online creative resume to feature your skills and accomplishments in a visual manner.

Online Portfolios

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An online portfolio is a great way to showcase your talent in a multimedia format, especially for those in creative careers and industries.

LinkedIn Profiles

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It's easy to use your LinkedIn profile as a resume, because LinkedIn does the work for you. Fill in your LinkedIn profile as completely as possible and you'll have an online resume that you can download as a PDF, print and share via email. You can even add references to show employers what others think of your qualifications.

Personal Websites

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You don't have to be web developer to create your own website. Blogging tools have made it easier for every-day web users to build their own site that showcases their work experience, skills and talents, resume, and professional portfolio.

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