Pros and cons of multimedia resumes

The right approach

Here are some pros and cons of using multimedia resumes, according to career specialists:

Pros

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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.

Cons

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.

Joan Axelrod-Contrada