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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.

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.

A Trello card showing one of my previous jobs

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!

A Trello card using an awesome background from Unsplash

Going forward

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.