Instead of the regular paper resume, I thought it made sense as an instructional designer to have an Interactive Resume. I know I needed to start someplace and that over time I would change the resume and include new skills. One of my favorite places to start is with the Articulate eLearning Heroes Community. This amazing group of people have influenced my work so many times I cannot count. I have learned from many of the community managers and other Articulate staff such as Tom Kuhlmann and David Anderson.
In this case, I saw an entry by Nicole Legault for Interactive Resumes and it has been download hundreds of times. I liked the simplicity of the design and I realized that I could make it my own as well. I did not want the typical date driven design everyone uses partly because I have so much experience over so many years. What difference does it make in the accomplishments at a specific time in your life. Isn't the idea what you can do for this employer or client now?
I arranged my resume in a pattern similar to Nicole's adding more space for skills and work experience. I connected the Portfolio slide to my Portfolio on my website. I also connected various icons on the resume to the appropriate sections of my website.
I have a paper resume and I use that to connect people to my website, LinkedIn profile, and now my Interactive Resume. It is also good Search Engine Optimization to have cross connections on the Internet. This is a link to my Interactive Resume and there is one on my HOME page.
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