You are seeking a job and want to make an impression with your resume. You saw that resumes these days have QR Codes and so you decided to add one. I would like to stop you right there. Here are three questions that you need to ask before you proceed with the idea:
1. Does the QR Code make sense on my resume?
A QR Code is a 2D barcode that connects users from print media to dynamic online content. It can easily be scanned using a QR Code scanning application on a smartphone. It will make sense on a resume if:
- Majority of the people will get the resume copy in print
- If it redirects your prospective employers to information not contained in the resume (such as details of projects or a news article)
If majority of your prospective employers will receive and read your resume online, then the only QR Codes that make sense are:
- Vcard QR Code, which allows them to save your contact information on their phones)
- App Store QR Code, which allows them to see a mobile app that you have created
2. Is the content relevant?
A QR Code is a technology tool to make it easy for users to access information. You need to figure out what is that information that your prospective employer might need but is not critical enough (or technically impossible) to be added directly. Here are a few examples:
- Detailed information about your professional roles or projects
- Link to your Linkedin profile that has additional information such as references, testimonials, etc.
- Links to creative material such as articles, designs, music, mobile apps, or videos
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3. How to I create the right one?
QR Codes can be generated using an online QR Code Generator such as Scanova. To create the right one for your resume, you need to figure out the following:
- Type of QR Code: You have a choice of 16 QR Code types including URL, Contact Information, App Store, Youtube, and LinkedIn
- Edit-ability: Do you want to edit the QR Code without the need to reprint or resend your resumes? If so, create a dynamic QR Code
- Custom QR Code: Do you want to create a QR Code that speaks about you or lets your prospective employer know where the QR Code will lead to? If so, create a custom or designer QR Code
- Scan Tracking: Is tracking number of scans important to you? If so, ensure that you create a dynamic QR Code
Thats it! You are set to create a QR Code for your resume. Still have questions? Ask in the comments section below.
Create a QR Code for your Resume