I’d just spent a few months travelling South East Asia with my girlfriend, and the time had come to start thinking about work for when we returned.
Before the trip I’d started contracting as a front–end development consultant, partially to have this freedom to travel but also to make a go of my own business.
“I should probably do some work…”
I needed to get on with some serious self promotion so for the first time in 4 years I decided to create a new CV/resumé* to send out to potential clients and agencies.
Aaaaand lastly, I should probably do some work when I get back. Available-ish from 4th June https://t.co/Ca8RmaUIGI— Dan Furze (@furzeface) May 12, 2017
I bored myself silly for days creating a written resumé with all my experience and skills from the last 8 years in the industry — even though I tried to make it a more creative, engaging story than just a list of jobs and responsibilities. Even I hated reading it after a while.
While I was updating my Trello Bucket List with new adventures and activities I’d been doing, it hit me — use a Trello board for a new resumé, inspired by my (at the time) unconventional use of Trello for the bucket list.
*Yes, I know resumé is an Americanism but I can't stand CV, or Curriculum Vitae. This is the less worse of the two in my opinion!
Using Trello creatively
I thought a Trello resumé could be interactive — potential employers and companies wanting consultancy opening the individual cards to drill down into my relevant work experience and skills.
I added logos of companies I’d worked for to make it more visual and website links to those companies as attachments on cards. Then I started labelling cards according to type and adding due dates to show when my experience with that company or organisation was finished.
Using Trello cards means that my resumé can be more dynamic — I’ve been adding comments to myself as notes, todos or future plans. I think this makes it more personal and gives a little insight into my thought process for viewers.
Awesome features of Trello
A great feature of Trello that really helped was offline usage — I did all this whilst on various planes, trains and automobiles, and synchronised the board when finally on wifi.
Another feature I enjoyed using is the new Unsplash integration which allows you to use their beautiful photography as backgrounds, for free! Something as simple as a free photo background can make your board stand out so much!
I do plan on keeping this updated, just like the Bucket List board and hopefully this different way of utilising Trello will show prospective employers a bit more about me than a standard written resumé or the reams of information on my LinkedIn profile!
View my resumé Trello board and let me know what you think.