QR (quick response) codes are those weird little boxes that allow Smartphone to go directly to online information, such as a website or map. These codes are starting to show up on resumes. They might send people to your website, LinkedIn account, portfolio, Facebook page or contact information. If you decide to place a QR code on your resume, keep the following in mind:
- Not everyone has (or wants to use) a Smartphone or QR reader application. If the QR code is linking them to essential information, make sure URL link also appears in the text of your resume.
- Companies rely on Applicant Tracking Systems right now more than QR codes—and some of those systems are older than QR technology. The QR code might cause your resume to be rejected.
- Right now, technology limits one QR code to one site. So which site will you choose (LinkedIn or Facebook or personal website or portfolio)? You certainly don’t want to clutter your resume with multiple QR codes.
QR codes look cutting edge but they can be a distraction and a hindrance, and they are certainly not a substitute for a strong, achievements-oriented resume. Like video resumes, they are more gimmick than substance.
If you feel your resume cannot stand on its own, please contact me right away. I will give you resume content that avoids questionable gimmicks and gives recruiters and hiring managers the information they really want in a resume that will make you proud.