The New Résumé . . . the Static One Is Dead

June 4th, 2013

We’ve discussed the traditional résumé and the social résumé in our previous posts, but many job candidates merge both to offer potential employers a well-rounded picture of what they can bring the table.

Blending the traditional résumé with the social résumé

The most familiar way to blend your traditional résumé with your social résumé is with talent communities such as LinkedIn. But don’t limit yourself to LinkedIn. Check other communities and their unique features.

VisualCV-This site not only provides a résumé platform, but has many multimedia features to make you stand out.

Xing-A global type of LinkedIn.

Razume-This community provides the tools to build your résumé and then the Razume community experts will review it for you

Ziggs-“Your one-stop source for building your online brand, marketing yourself on the web and simplifying communications with people.”

What’s today and what’s yesterday

The tradition of sending out a flat generic multi-page résumé that reflects the résumé company who created it and not you is out the door.

If you’re writing a traditional résumé, eliminate unnecessary information such as goals, personal interests and the old ‘references available on request.’ Instead of telling a potential employer that information: show them where your career is headed with your website or blog, show them your interests with your social media links and show them your references with your online business connections and clout. Like you, your résumé should be vital and vibrant, showcasing you as a three- dimensional person.

No matter which format your résumé takes, remember to keep your focus on the company or industry you’re pitching.  Your résumé should show that you understand the language and the challenges of the company or industry. It’s important that your achievements reflect what you can offer as a potential employee.

The static résumé is…dead

Chances are you’re going to have very few opportunities to mail a paper résumé. Like a paper résumé, the static résumé is history.

Since most companies now request electronic résumés, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have an active social résumé link. Utilize hyperlinks to your webpage and/or blog, and include links to your professional profiles at business communities. Answer questions potential employers have before they even ask them with a dynamic social résumé that demonstrates your initiative.

Social résumés are an important part of job search success, and we at Olympic are committed to your success. We match the best candidate with the best companies, and we get it right the first time. Contact us and let’s chat about how we can partner to make that happen.

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.