You’ve seen them in magazines, posters, product packaging,.. those small, square, black and white patterned barcodes used to drive online traffic.   They are called QR codes and they are being used in lots of interesting ways these days.

The QR stands for Quick Response because the readable code can be instantly read by any Smartphone or other mobile device with a camera.   The information embedded in the code can be any alphanumeric data up to 7,079 characters long.    It can store website URLs, text, personal contact information, resumes and other alphanumeric data.   The automobile manufacturing industry first used QR codes to track machine components.  The Japanese have utilized them for many years, then they became popular in Europe and now its use is growing in the US.  Your Smartphone probably has the application pre-installed, but if not, there is software available to make your cellphone QR embraceable.

One innovative use of the QR code took place In August 2011, when MasterCard created an old fashioned scavenger hunt using QR codes in an interactive outdoor sweepstakes campaign called “Check-in to the Ballgame”.    Mastercard  took 20 old Yankees stadium seats, affixed QR codes on them and placed them in locations all around NYC.   It was an old fashioned localized scavenger hunt using state of the art technology.  Very clever.  Hunters scanned the seats’ QR codes and the winners received free Yankees tickets.  

Recently, QR codes have been popping up in really valuable ways as career tools.  They have been seen on business cards and resumes simply because they are super convenient, and not to mention, very hip.   On the QR code, you can embed a PowerPoint presentation, LinkedIn profile, a blog or a Twitter account, actually, any data that you would like to share to a potential manager, recruiter or business partner, for example.  Right now, QR codes on resumes are fairly rare so they can differentiate you in your job search.  Recruiters are always on the lookout for that unique resume that stands out from the pile.

According to comScore, Inc,  which conducts studies to measure the digital world, as of June 2011, “14 million mobile users in the US, representing 6.2% of the total mobile audience, scanned a QR code on their mobile device.”  More than half of the users were between the ages of 18 – 34 and 36% had a household income of at least $100,000.  A recent study from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, reports that “some students put QR codes of their resumes onto business cards and hand them out to employers at networking events in lieu of paper resumes.”   Career counselors also advise jobseekers to put QR code on business cards.  It can demonstrate that you’re technologically savvy (even if you don’t think you are!) and it’s an easy way to reference your online presence and portfolios. 

How do you set up your own QR?  There are lots of QR sites out there, two of which are QR Stuff (
www.qrstuff.com) and BeQRious (www.beqrious.com/generator).  Both of these are pretty user friendly and can get you started setting up your own QR.  BeQRious has the option to store and manage your codes in folders.  An interesting new software provider, still in beta is Vizibility.   Vizibility calls itself a personal branding platform for online identity management.   Vizibility can produce a free QR code that “when scanned, the person scanning it... will immediately see your Top 5 Favorite results which you have pre-selected. “ Sounds like an interesting way to manage your online management. 

I can imagine walking around a job fair or trade show or even a coffee shop.  You bump into a potential hiring manager and start  a conversation about your job search.  

 “Send me your resume sometime”, the hiring manager says.  

“Sure,  here's my business card.  Just scan my QR code on the back and you can have it right now.“ 





08/06/2016 8:41am

A QR Code is an innovation device to make it simple for clients to get to data. You have to make sense of what is that data that your planned business may require yet is not sufficiently basic (or actually incomprehensible) to be included straightforwardly.

12/11/2016 3:37am

I think QR codes are the best invention ever made. They help a lot in many ways, especially in big companies that selling their products. It made everything easier and convenient. And for resumes, why not? It will be a great help to everyone. Thank you to whoever made this thing and for the high technology.

01/05/2017 9:46pm

Resume is a tool with one specific purpose: to win an interview. If it does what the fantasy resume did, it works. If it doesn't, it isn't an effective resume. A resume is an advertisement, nothing more, nothing less. A great resume doesn't just tell them what you have done but makes the same assertion that all good ads do. And having a QR code for a resume is perfect. You can easily submit and access it all the time you will need it.

08/31/2016 1:22am

QR codes for resume? Now, that is using technology to the full. I never thought that a innovation like this could occur. Anyway, I appreciate you for letting us know that we can make QR code for our resume. It would be very unique and raise a few brows.

08/31/2016 5:54am

QR codes for resume? Now, that is using technology to the full. I never thought that a innovation like this could occur. Anyway, I appreciate you for letting us know that we can make QR code for our resume. It would be very unique and raise a few brows.

11/03/2016 4:21am

Do you think it is a good idea to use QR codes in your resume? I think I should try it someday.

02/15/2017 1:11am

Nobody can ever underestimate how important it is to have a good resume. First impressions count, and the first impression that a potential employer will have of you, is going to depend on how you present your resume. This is going to be your one and only chance to capture a potential employer’s attention or for your resume to be tossed into the file of those they don’t want to pursue. And adding this QR code to be a resume, I will surely say yes. This is a perfect idea ever. I hope they will study more on this and approve it as soon as possible.


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