The time of traditional CV’s has passed. Of course, you should still have a one copy of a traditional resume but visual resumes are becoming more and more popular and if you make them right they can make your resume special and better than others. It is hard to make a great visual resume. You can think that you did a good job but in the end, your resume can be bad. That’s why I created this article, to help you with this.
First, let’s take a look why you should choose virtual resume. Main advantage of visual resume if the opportunity to be creative. You can use your imagination here and create a stunning resume that will attract lots of attention and make you stand out among the others. Another great thing is that you are able to provide lots of information in a simple and cool way. Why is that? Well, everything in visual resume is (if you make it good) clearly available and it is structured in some order. And, like we already mentioned, visual resumes are becoming more and more popular but not everyone is using them already so chances that your visual resume will be the only one from all applications are pretty good.
But, there are also some disadvantages of visual resumes. One of those disadvantages is dishonest information. Chances that people will lie on visual resume are lot bigger than chances for lying on traditional paper written resume. Quality visual resume can cost a lot of money if you don’t know how to make a good one yourself. And there is thin line between simple and cool resume with lots of information and complex visual resume that is hard to read so be careful with that.
How to create PowerPoint resume?
Now that you know something about visual resumes you should know that the best tool for creating one of those is Microsoft PowerPoint. When you heard the word “visual” resume maybe you thought that the resume should be like a video. Well, you’re wrong. You can make a video resume if you want, but a lot better solution is PowerPoint. Why? It takes a lots of time to make a good video resume. You must look good, decide what you are going to say and what you shouldn’t say and try to film everything right at the first time but you will probably need at least 10 shots before everything is right.
Another important thing about video resumes is that you will probably look silly and bad in that videos. People who look good are mostly people who know how to work with camera like the one who work in news, marketing or similar.
And the last thing I should mention is that the PowerPoint visual resume gives you more opportunities to be creative than you get with video resume. So, PowerPoint should be your option.
But, how to create resume in PowerPoint? Don’t worry, it is very easy. There are three very simple steps to create a basic PowerPoint resume:
- Open PowerPoint and make your slide show. Now if you want to show it as slideshow then save it and upload it to SlideShare.
- If you want to show it as a movie then click on “Slide Show” option and choose “rehears timings”. Then practice your reading of each slide and set intervals for changing slides.
- Save your slide show as a movie and upload it where you want.
And that’s it. Sounds easy, right? Well, it is! But the hard part is to make it great. It’s not enough just to create a simple movie or slide show because that won’t attract enough attention from the employer to actually make you stand out in the large group of other applications.
This is where your creativity and imagination should work.
Best PowerPoint resumes for inspiration
If you still can’t imagine and create something great maybe you need some inspiration. I created a small list that contains some of the best resumes made with PowerPoint that should get your creativity flowing.
- My Visual Resume – Saad Ahmed Shaikh
- How I landed a job with SlideShare
- Carl Pullein Resume 2.0
- Visual resume by Saranyan Vigraham
- Giordano Scalzo’s Visual Resume
- Rethinking Resumes by Karla Wiles
- Social Media Resume by Chris Ferdinandi
- Biodata (Visual Resume) by Venkat Ramana Rao M
- Visual Resume – Ben Wong
- UX designer visual resume by Diane Garcia
List of best Powerpoint Resume Templates
Now you got everything you need. Well, almost everything. I explained what is visual resume, why is it better than traditional resume, why you should create PowerPoint resume and not video and I gave you instructions on how to create it and some of the best resumes to give you some inspiration. What did I forget? Oh yeah, the thing from the tittle. You got everything you need to create your own resume from scratch. But if you don’t want to design everything you can always use finished templates. Luckily, there is a lot of them. It can be hard to pick the right ones and that’s why I’m here (once again). Below you will find the list of best templates for creating a PowerPoint resume. Enjoy and please show us your resume. 🙂
Tinker is a powerful and creative PowerPoint template for everyone. You can be photographer, designer, business man or from any other category because this template will suit you well. Tinker comes in 5 different colors (pink, green, aqua, orange and yellow) and two themes – dark and light. Presentations will be in full HD resolution and you get 50 custom slides, great transition animations and fully editable shapes and icons. Download here.
Second template we included on our list is called Showcase. It is another great template for every type of business and it comes with 27 different animated slides, customizable text and colors and awesome font. You also get 18 master slides and fully editable layout. Great template. Download here.
Corporate is perfect PowerPoint presentation template for some business companies or agencies. You can also use it for other business categories but it will suit the best for some corporate style. It comes in full HD resolution and you get 18 different slides with some great custom animated effects for your slideshow. Template comes in two colors, grey and blue-gray. There is also keynote version of this presentation. Download here.
Retro Milk PowerPoint is vintage and cool template for PowerPoint presentations that is perfect for any kind of business. It is fully customizable, contains 24 different icons, 19 slides that come with cool animations and full HD resolution. And it also comes in three different versions with three different fonts. Download here.
Personal CV PowerPoint template is one of the most detailed templates out there. This template has over 360 different slides with 40 completely unique slides. It is retina ready and comes in full HD resolution. You get 6 different versions with black and light color schemes. Every part of content you get is fully customizable and you get a detailed instructions and help file. This template is creative, comes with some amazing effects and animations and will surely serve you very well. Download here.
Big Presentation is one of those templates that will surely help you to get the next job if you use this. This template is very creative, gives you an option to create an amazing movie as your job application and comes with large amount of different features. Some of those features are 8 different color schemes, fully customizable photos, icons and text, animated pages, help files and HD resolution. Download here.
Another great template on our list is called Flux. Flux is multi-purpose template because it comes with 64 different and customizable slide layouts with master and non-master versions of those slides. You also get great animations, 5 color schemes and HD resolution. This is great template that will serve you well and help you to present your projects, company or make your own resume. Download here.
BizMotion is great template that comes with 32 unique animated slides and fully customizable elements. You get 6 complete color schemes and option to change the color as much as you want. If you don’t like the animations you can use non-animated version of the template and if you like infographics, don’t worry because BizMotion has a large number of handmade infographic like flow chart, timeline, gallery, stage diagram, SmartArt infographics and similar. Download here.
This is a simple template that will allow you to present yourself in a simple but creative way. You get 30 unique slides, highly customizable elements and unlimited number of color schemes. You also get two different styles of template, resume style and profile style. Management Profile is a creative solution for your virtual CV. Download here.
And the last theme on our list called Pribadi Personal CV is, with Personal CV PowerPoint on number 5, the most detailed presentation template. In this package you get an incredible number of more than 820 different slides in 9 color schemes and with light and dark versions. Sounds amazing? Well, it is. Pribadi Personal CV is one of the best ways to create your own CV and present your work and experience to the employer. Download here.