Here are some pros and cons of using multimedia resumes, according to career specialists:
At their best, multimedia resumes help job seekers by adding:
■ A “wow” factor — enabling them to stand out from the pack.
■ Increased depth — giving them a chance to display their personalities and skills in ways not possible to squeeze onto an 8½-by-11 sheet of paper.
■ Ease for the viewer — putting all supporting materials together in one place.
At their worst, however, multimedia resumes can backfire. A hiring manager is bound to grumble if confronted with any of the following:
■ A lack of professionalism.
■ Technological glitches.
■ Unwanted photos or videos.
For more information, the Franklin Hampshire Career Center (part of the the state’s network of one-stop career centers) recommends two websites: www.qrstuff.com for QR codes and www.prezi.com for digital portfolios.