Introducing the Social Résumé

May 28th, 2013

What is a social résumé?

By definition, a résumé is a short summary of you, the job candidate. Social refers to social media. If you have an online presence at all, then like it or not, you already have a social résumé. Social résumés are simply utilizing online formats to present who you are and your qualifications.

Is a social résumé appropriate for you?

If your target job requires a résumé, then yes, a social résumé is a powerful way to showcase your talent. If you need to submit a traditional résumé, be sure to link to your social résumé. That’s a great way to direct potential employers to your online presence.

Forbes magazine says in regard to social résumés, that “we’re moving from a ‘knowledge economy’ to a ‘social economy’.” (January 1, 2013, Forbes). It’s true these days that who you know may be as important as, or more important, than what you know. So why make potential employers search for you? Instead, be intentional about your online presence.

Types of social résumés

Websites and blogs are the most traditional format to host a social media résumé. In fact if you are in any type of visual arts, a portfolio website is a must.

Keep the site clean and easy to navigate, and make it easy to contact you. Let your site reflect you what you have to offer a potential employer.  Adding your photo to the site? Utilize a professional head shot. If you are photogenic, consider adding a vlog (video blog post) to your social résumé.  Multimedia is another option to individualize your social résumé, but use caution as ‘flash’ doesn’t translate to all digital products.

Remember to provide links to your social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Maximize sharing your social résumé with tools such as ShareThis which will share all your social media platforms for you.

Check out these sites which can host your social media résumé. Some also offer unique tools and not only host your résumé but help you build your résumé.

More and more employers are using the internet to screen employees. So why not be prepared with a standout internet presence and a social résumé that gets you the interview and the job?

Your goal is to match your skills with the right company. At Olympic Staffing Services that’s our goal too. Contact us and let’s chat about how we can partner to make that happen.

 

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