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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 February 15, 2019

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

    Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

    Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

    So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

    Joe’s Goals

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      Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

      Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

      Daytum

        Daytum

        is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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        Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

        Excel or Numbers

          If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

          What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

          Evernote

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            I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

            Evernote is free with a premium version available.

            Access or Bento

              If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

              Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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              You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

              Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

              All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

              Conclusion

              I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

              What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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