An excellent addition to Executive, Technology, Sales, Marketing, and, well, really ANY type of resume, QR codes are all the rage. An exception might be for more conservative professions such as legal, financial, medical, and so on.
Some of my Senior Tech Executive clients who review resumes themselves have said that when they see a resume with a QR code on it, they are immediately drawn to that candidate and want to know more!
When searching for a job, you want all tools at your disposal and nothing left to chance. If you can easily stand out with something as simple as a QR code, why not go for it?
I strategically place QR codes—also known as Mobile Business Cards because they serve as “electronic” business cards in everyday life and at networking events—on resumes.
I then add the content, which can include your logo, contact info, organization, personal and professional websites, social media sites, and any other information you want recruiters, hiring managers and people you network with to know about you.
There are a number of advantages to having a QR Code or Mobile Business Card:
1) Gives the hiring manager a chance to scan your resume with their phone to look you up on LinkedIn, to call you, to text you, to email you, etc. It saves them time while providing you with your own little “web portal.” This makes it extra cool.
2) Gives the hiring manager a chance to get to know you and your “brand” a little better.
3) Positions you as extra “tech-savvy,” not a small enhancement for an executive, sales, marketing, or technology professional to have.
4) QR codes look attractive and eye-catching on a resume. I usually include the code itself and a link to the code so that the content can be accessed without a phone as well as from Electronic resumes and cover letters.
Include a QR code on YOUR resume, and watch the calls come in!
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