A Quick Response (QR) Code is a unique barcode that can be linked to private information or media content on the internet. People with smartphones can scan QR codes with their built-in cameras and then immediately get forwarded to a website, marketing material, video, or even a resume.
Since we live in a fast-paced world, employers don’t want to waste time looking through piles of documents that are attached to each resume on their desk. It is much easier for them to scan a QR code printed on a one-page resume and have instant access to all of the relevant documentation and information of the job seeker.
Your online resume profile should include the most crucial details of your professional life. These details may consist of your work portfolio, LinkedIn profile, contact information, college degrees, certifications, personal website, reference lists, and any other documentation or information you want to provide to potential employers.
How to Add a QR Code to Your Resume
It is so easy to add a QR code to your resume. There are several free tools online which allow you to generate a QR code. But first, you must prepare your online profile before you can link it to a QR code. Let’s discuss the steps involved in this process.
1) Set Up Your Online Profile (Optional)
Where do you want your online profile to be hosted? Some people might want to link their QR code directly to a video presentation on YouTube. You could also create a Facebook fan page and post your credentials on there. But the most professional social media website to use for your resume is LinkedIn. It is made specifically for employers and job applicants.
You are not required to set up an online profile. It is only necessary if you want to link directly to one particular social media account or resume. If you want your QR code to reveal all your social media accounts, resumes, documentation and credentials, there is a way you can do this without creating a website. You will learn about that in the next step.
2) Generate the QR Code
Find a free QR Code generator online. It should give you several different options for creating your static QR code, such as VCard, Facebook, YouTube, URLs, Email, Text, MP3 file, etc.
Select the VCard option. It allows you to link a template to your QR Code that contains several different pieces of information. You can include your name, company name, phone number, email address, street address, website URL, state, country, profile picture, social media links, and personal description. Add the details about your education and work history to the personal description box. Fill out all the other boxes as needed.
If you need to include a detailed resume or additional documentation, upload them to a Dropbox account. Generate a link to those files and use that link as your website URL in the VCard template. Employers will be able to visit the URL and view those external documents.
The last thing you can do is beautify your VCard template. You should see options to change the color scheme, set the frame, and add your logo image to the template. Choose a color scheme that matches your personal brand if you have one. The logo will make it easy for employers to identify you without having to read your resume at all.
When you’re done preparing your VCard template, click on the “Generate QR Code” button on the bottom. Within seconds, a scannable QR Code will appear on your screen. The square-shaped barcode should be 2 centimeters on each side. You can choose to save the QR Code as a PNG file or SVG file.
3) Add the QR Code to Your Resume
If you’re planning to print the QR Code, use the SVG file because it will be better quality. But first, you must add the QR Code to your resume and business card if you have them available. The QR Code can fit easily in the upper left or right corner of your resume.
After you’ve added the QR Code, you can print copies of your resume and the code will appear on them. Give your resume to various employers as you apply for jobs. Don’t forget to keep a digital copy of your resume on standby because you’ll want to email it to employers as well.
Don’t forget that a QR code is scannable on a computer screen just as quickly as it is scannable on a piece of paper. The smartphone camera can detect the barcode from a digital screen or printed paper. It makes no difference.
The job market is always competitive, so you should utilize every resource available to land a job interview. Here are some tips on how to do that:
Create a profile on every major career website, such as Monster.com, Indeed.com, HotJobs.com, LinkedIn.com, USAJobs.gov and the official job website of your state. Upload the resume and QR code to each career website.
Apply to companies directly. Don’t only apply online because employers can easily overlook online job applications. It is better to send a paper resume via fax or mail to the employers along with a cover letter.
Connect to the social media channels of potential employers. Start actively replying to their posts with an expressed interest in their company. The more you can make connections with the people of these companies, the better chance you’ll have of being offered an exclusive job opportunity. Just make sure your own social media channel appears clean and professional.
Attend career fairs. Pass out your business card to potential employers. Your business cards should have your unique QR code printed on each of them. This will save you the trouble of having to bring copies of your resume.
The QR Code is a free online resource, so why not take advantage of it? You’ll increase the likelihood of a potential employer viewing your resume and giving you a callback. They’ll even appreciate the fact that you made it so easy for them to view your resume. It’ll prove you’re technologically savvy and in touch with the latest innovations in the job market.