New Facebook Cover Photo Provides Creative Options for Job Seekers

by Rich DeMatteo on September 28, 2011 · 32 comments

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Whether you know it or not, the new Facebook launch is coming tomorrow.  Facebook is calling their new design, “Timeline”, and I can already hear groans from users as they are forced to switch over tomorrow.  However, these are the same people that complained the last time Facebook came out with an update.

Here is what you need to know about Facebook’s Timeline profile that launches tomorrow.

The overall idea of Timeline is that it allows users to create what some may call a digital scrapbook, pointing out the most important events from their life.  The very beginning of your profile will start with your birth, allowing users to include a picture (or even video if you have one).  Timeline then goes right along your life, hitting birthdays of family members, high school and college graduation, relationship info, and other major life events.

Sweet…  But, that’s not what I’m writing about today.

Facebook Launches Cover Photos

The new addition to Facebook profiles sees the entire idea of profile pictures changed with a Facebook Cover Photo.  Your new cover photo stretches across the top of your entire profile and is an addition to the standard profile image you’re used to.  Here are a few examples of cover photos from folks that I’ve seen that have snuck in early (including yours truly):

I went with showing off my home in this sweet skyline shot of Philly!

 

Sara Davidson chose to show off Zaarly, the company she and others are doing awesome things for.

 

Srini shows off his life passion and hobby as he lands a wave in his sweet cover photo.

If you’re anything like me, then you’re already foaming at the mouth when thinking of what the creative folks out there will create with their new cover photo.

Which brings me to what we’re all here for…

Facebook Cover Photos For Job Seekers

Come on, you knew this was coming, right?  I can’t be the first person that’s thought of how sick this will be for job seekers.  Let’s just think of the options job seekers have when creating their cover photo:

Infographic Resumes:  Just imagine, the graphically inclined folks will be able to toss in an infographic resume into their cover photo.   It will be unreal, and I can’t wait to see the first image of a profile that does this successfully.

Portfolio Examples: People should be able to make a portfolio of their work right on their cover photo.  I’m not creative enough to do it, but someone is.

“Hire Me” Campaigns: I understand that a Blog, Twitter, and Facebook fan pages a thousand times better for “Hire Me” Campaigns, but adding the cover photo can’t hurt.

Display Links: Using the cover photo to share information, job seekers can include links to their social networks, online resume, or blog.

QR Codes: Speaks for itself and would work similar to the examples I used in the Display Links example above.

 

These are just some of the possibilities that I’ve come up with.  What’s exciting to me is that I know there are creative people in the world that will blow my ideas out of the water.  With that said…

What other ideas do you have for the Facebook Cover Photo?  Have you seen any really cool cover photos yet?  Am I missing anything?

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27 comments
capa fotos.
capa fotos.

Thanks for sharing this with us , Nice and informative post especially for Job Seekers ,

Cover photos
Cover photos

Facebook have done a gud job by enabling timeline for all profiles this will help us to style facebook profiles and also help company to promote there products.

Karah
Karah

how do you get the cover option???

Sarah
Sarah

Oh my gosh- business page with info graphic resume- I am so all over that. Thanks for the idea! -Sarah

Bianca
Bianca

My QR business cards, facebook profile, and soon to be twitter will equal the same image from Kuvva, by Dutch Uncle. I love the navy on white ensemble: http://facebook.com/bcadloni. It definitely describes me.

Christina
Christina

What a great idea for job seekers AND professionals! This is a great way to build and stabilize your brand also. Thanks for sharing!

melanie
melanie

I love this post! I also got my timeline early and I'm playing around with a profile pic. Can't wait to see what more people think of!

Amber
Amber

Here's mine: http://www.facebook.com/ludwig.amber :) I've had some fun designing these and have a few examples on my site. Feel free to take my ideas and use 'em or share other things you think of to take advantage of this creative space for business owners.

Erica
Erica

The ones that I've seen that I love integrate the profile picture into the cover photo - having the cover photo be a place, and making the prof picture look like it's your face inside it, etc. Great post!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hi Erica - thanks for the comment! I agree with you, the integrated profiles are so sweet!

yavor
yavor

:))) thanks a lot :)

Facebook Cover
Facebook Cover

Loved the timeline profile, specially the cover. It's awesome.

Amith GC
Amith GC

have a look at mine... www.facebook.com/amithgc

Dennis
Dennis

Not only will the cover photo be great, but when you play with the timeline feature you can make it so that "non'friends" will see only your work timeline. Put in when you started jobs, when you did a great project..... Your profile can become an online resume. In fact, now that I think of this..that is exactly how I'm gonna make my timeline look.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hi Dennis - thanks for the comment! Yep, the online resume aspect of this can be huge!