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Use Your LinkedIn Data to Create a Stunning Visual Resume

Use Your LinkedIn Data to Create a Stunning Visual Resume

    It’s a tough world out there. As economies dip and dive and job markets dwindle, competition for our dream job becomes all the more fierce and standing out from the crowd becomes more important than ever.

    If you’re blessed with a good grasp of web or graphic design, you should have few problems in creating a fantastic, informative and concise resume to put you head and shoulders above your peers. Yet the less tech-savvy among us need not worry, as the web provides many wonderful ways to create stunning resumes with nothing more than a few clicks of a mouse.

    A plethora of online tools exist, though there’s one which, much like the job-hunters who use it, really stands out for its simplicity and effectiveness. Greeting users with the tag line ‘Don’t send a resume, send a story,’ Re.vu is an easy-to-use platform with plenty of tools to create a visual resume that not only looks great, but puts the focus on the items you feel are most important.

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    To make the most out of the site you’ll need an e-mail address and an up-to-date Linkedin profile.

    If you’re in the job market, you’re probably already established on Linkedin, but if not, many Lifehack scribes before me have written plenty of advice on how to make the most out of it, so we’ll assume for now that you’re set up and ready to rock.

    Getting started

    Head to Re.vu and set up free account. You’ll then be given the option to import your data from Linkedin. You can always skip this step, but pulling in your bio and resume will save you a lot of time in the long-run, so it’s worth doing.

    That done, it’s time to build your profile.

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    The basics

    Landing on the Personal Data tab, you’ll find that your headline and bio are already there thanks to Linkedin, you can edit this if you wish, include your name, and upload a photo.

    You can also add links to your website and social media accounts, upload photos and even include a traditional resume for potential employers to download.

    Timeline

    Re.vu’s Timeline provides a visually-appealing way of displaying your work history, with the ability to add photos from data already culled from Linkedin.

    The result is far more arresting than a basic list of accomplishments, with the added bonus that potential employees can head straight to any particular piece of your history that stands out to them.

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    Infographics

    This is perhaps the most fun tool in Re.vu’s arsenal, and can really add great value to your visual resume, highlighting your key skills, achievements and more.

    Here, you can add everything from testimonials to job duties, key proficiencies to personal interests and all manner of information in between, and the site will turn this date into sweet, simple infographs that put the things that matter to you (and, more importantly, to employers) front and centre.

    Portfolio and work examples

    The great thing about all online resumes of course is that you can link directly to any work your particularly proud of, and Re.Vu is no different.

    With Portfolio, you can share images of your work. Naturally, this is great for designers, or others working in visual mediums, though even if that’s not your field, why not upload snaps of a product launch, event or anything else you’re proud of?

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    With Work Examples, you have the opportunity to share any articles or other documents you’d like to include that highlight your skills, knowledge, or perhaps even both.

    Design

    With all that done, it’s time to customize your profile using your own background image, a number of attractive themes and the ability to drag individual widgets around the page.

    If there’s one gripe against the site, it’s that, once you’ve chosen your theme, it isn’t possible to edit font styles or colors, yet with such an appealing design, this really is a minor quibble when you consider how easy it is to re-arrange, customize and add some great features to a stunning resume that can really help you stand out from the crowd.

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    Last Updated on September 11, 2019

    8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

    8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

    Computers and cell phones have become an integrated tool in our professional and personal lives that the original methods of using pen and paper may not be so common anymore.

    Although our old-school methods of note taking may not have entirely left us, technology is advancing with no intention of slowing down; iPads are moving into service industries, video calls are taking the place of in-person interviews, and store receipts are making its way into our email inbox – all of which requires the skill of typing.

    Learning a new skill doesn’t have to be boring and never had to be. Thankfully, there are effective games and apps that can help you learn to type fast with swift precision and accuracy.

    Why Typing Fast Matters?

    Learning how to type fast is a game changer. In fact, you can save 21 days per year by typing fast!

    Although shaving several minutes from curating a long email or texting paragraphs in a text message may not seem to be of great significance, the minutes soon do eventually add up and the long list of tasks then evolve into frustration. By the end of the day, time is being wasted, and the work pile is stacked high over your head.

    Why not alleviate some of those frustrations through practice and dedicating your spare time to build muscle memory?

    Learning a simple skillset like speed typing can drastically improve other essential areas in life including time-management and prioritization. Not only does it help you efficiently complete tasks at work and in your personal life, but it also boosts your productivity.

    8 Most Effective Typing Games and Apps

    Everyone learns at different speeds and uses various methods. While some work better under pressure and tight deadlines, others thrive when given ample amounts of time to learn and soak in the knowledge that is being provided. Despite the number of resources that are available in the hollow corners of the internet, it’s all about finding one source that helps you learn at your fullest potential.

    Whether you’re a keyboard ninja or not, here are some effective typing games and apps that allow you to test your speed, accuracy, and maybe shoot some spaceships along the way.

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    For Beginners

    1. Speed Typing Online

      What’s more fun than to type to the story of Alice in Wonderland or the lyrics to “Hey Jude”? Speed Typing Online is an online typing game that allows you to dive into the creative and familiar world of famous books, fables, songs, and even hone your skills in data entry.

      The bright blue frame holds the text, which then turns green after punching in the accurate keystrokes. After the end of the personal timer, a statistics page appears to show you your typed words per minute, accuracy, correct and incorrect entries, and error rate.

      2. Typing Trainer

        Typing Trainer

        is another online platform suited for beginner typists looking for step-by-step lessons. Learning the keys on a keyboard can confusing especially for those who aren’t as familiar or getting adjusted to typing on a computer keyboard.

        Typing Trainer has a collection of step-by-step tutorials that covers everything from sentence drills, introduction to new keys as the lessons progress, and skills test. The Typing Trainer specifically highlights unique features in each lesson including a warm-up section where the user begin to build muscle memory and learn to type without looking at the keyboard.

        The website is also programed to identify difficulties the user is facing when typing specific words or sentences.

        3. TapTyping – Typing Trainer

          There is the feeling of physically typing on a keyboard and then there’s the feeling of typing on a touch screen mobile device.

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          Since the use of cell phones has become closely integrated into our everyday lives, learning to type on a mobile is much of a skillset as it is to type on a computer. The mobile typing app, TapTyping – Typing Trainer, allows users to practice while on-the-go making it perfect for commuters who want to practice typing during their down time.

          The app allows you to challenge other typists around the world with TapTyping’s global leaderboard and test your skills by taking advanced lessons. There’s always room for improvement and with the app, you’ll be able to find your mistakes by watching a heat map of your finger strokes.

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          4. The Most Dangerous Writing App

            Suitable for writers facing a creative block or on a tight-deadline, the Most Dangerous Writing App is a website that forces your fingers to type as quickly as your ideas.

            If you stop longer than 5 seconds, everything you had written will slowly disappear from the screen.

            Sessions are timed from 3 minutes to 20 minutes, or can go from 75 to 1667 words. This online app is perfect to brain dump ideas, write a chapter of a manuscript you’ve been stuck on, or help with procrastination.

            If you’re up to the challenge, try the hardcore mode – an alternative option where a single letter appears on the screen at a time. This level prevents you from seeing the entire word, sentences, or even correct any spelling or grammatical mistakes until the timer is complete.

            If you’re wondering, copying and pasting is not an option until each the end of each session.

            5. The Typing Cat

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              Even with disregarded interest in the coding world, using the code course enhances your typing skills and allows your fingers to familiarize itself with uncommon word combinations and placement of punctuations on a keyboard.

              The coding course can be difficult even for typing whizzes, but it’s all a part of muscle memory. According Psychology Today,[1] only a handful of people actually learn how to type by looking at an actual keyboard, while a majority of the population locate specific keys intuitively through muscle memory.

              Available courses include EcmaScript 6, HTML 5, and CSS 3.

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              6. ZType — Space Invaders Meet Webster

                Remember playing the iconic 70’s game that allowed you to shoot tiny purple and green aliens from one end of the screen to the other with a two-bullet laser? It’s hard to believe that Space Invaders just turned 40 , but you can still get the same adrenaline rush with ZType, a typing game with the same shooting concept.

                Ztype works in waves – stages that must be cleared but instead of aliens, you must type out the words before the missiles destroy your ship at the bottom of the screen. Every so often, longer and mor complex words would appear and if the words are not typed in the allotted time, a series of letters will disperse like missles.

                The game is quick on the fingers and will still have your heart pumping until the very end.

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                  Epistory – Typing Chronicles is a role-playing action and adventure game of a young girl riding a fox in a magical and fictional realm; together they combat enemies in the shapes and forms of words.

                  Once you’re starterted, you almost forget you’re playing a typing game. The paper craft art aesthetics of the game has you captivated by the vibrant colors and character’s storyline, while having you build your typing skills.

                  8. Daily Quote Typing

                    Need some inspiration? Say no more.

                    Daily Quote Typing is one of many gammes available on Wordgames.com – a website that offers a variety of typing games ranging from different levels based on your experience.

                    With Daily Quote Typing, users are able to type out inspirational quotes by famous leaders, inventors, and innovators such as Mark Twain and Albert Einstein.

                    Bottom Line

                    At the end of the day, discipline and patience is what teaches to type faster. It comes down to making that commitment to improving not only your typing abilities, but in a lifelong skill that benefits other areas in life.

                    By practicing daily and using effective games and apps, it’s only a matter of time before keystrokes will become second nature and your brain will adapt to learning other skills faster.

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