As social media continues to revamp how business is conducted, today’s job seekers must likewise consider how their resumes are affected. In today’s corporate world, many times landing the job goes beyond the traditional resume.
Social media has caused a fundamental shift in the way that job seekers search for jobs, and even connect with hiring managers and recruiters. Instead of snail mail and fax, many HR directors today expect to receive resumes as an email attachment, with links to previous work and personal websites.
This new outlook is just one reason why today, more value than ever is placed on non-traditional resume venues, such as LinkedIn and other social networking sites, that allow candidates to express their qualifications.
Beyond the Traditional Resume
A virtual resume enhances the traditional paper resume, providing hiring managers or recruiters with a link to view full resumes or past examples of work. Whether a potential candidate shares this type of material through LinkedIn or on a personal blog, it can provide an overview of their professional experience, including links to websites with their work and professional materials or even videos of past speaking engagements.
Furthermore, with social media platforms such as YouTube, Vine and now Instagram video, job seekers also have the ability to highlight examples of their work and character. Whether, they are explaining the latest version of Java code they developed, providing a brief introduction of themselves or discussing their qualifications and desire for a particular position, a video can demonstrate communication skills and personality even before a face-to-face meeting. Many times this type of media can be added on a LinkedIn profile.
Alterations to the Traditional Resume
While it’s important for job seekers to update their online professional profile or resume, many companies may still prefer a traditional resume. However, today it’s typically important to look for a more streamlined resume that allows for greater use of white space to draw the eye to the proper qualifications. A resume isn’t all about what a potential employee wants to do, but rather what they can do, so it it’s important to look for a personalized professional summary on a resume that highlights a candidate’s past, present and future. You can also look for links to a LinkedIn profile or other social networks in a resume header, which can act as a modernized cover letter, providing valuable information.
Now more than ever, job seekers must stand out in a crowd of equally qualified candidates to get the attention they need from hiring managers. Whether providing traditional or progressive resumes, it is imperative that candidates leave a positive lasting impression.
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