Having A Social Resume
It appears that the presence of social networks and media are gradually inhibiting the need for the traditional black and white, word-processed document resume format. These resumes, whether digital or printed, are evolving into online versions that employ the use of a range of graphics and multimedia to demonstrate a job seeker’s education and work history. An added benefit of these social formats is that it brings interaction and conversation to the mix.
Last year, research conducted by recruiting professionals showed that “88% of the majority of applicants have a minimum of one social media profile.” It’s also appealing to bear in mind that “86% of current hiring managers said they view prospective applicants’ social networking profiles.”
If you are searching for a job or anticipate looking shortly and you haven’t already signed up for a social network profile, perhaps now is the time to take the leap.
The characteristics of social activity online include the following components: Presence, Conversations, Sharing, Relationships, Identity, Groups, and Reputation.
These are components we now expect to come across in virtual communities and on websites, particularly those used mainly for professional networking and development purposes (for instance, LinkedIn).
You can use these online platforms to build and guide the development of your social resume that establishes your online presence, inspires participation in online activities and connects you with potential hiring managers or employers.
TRENDS AND TOOLS
When planning on making the shift from resume writing to resume development, below are some resources to help you build your social resume.
Social Media Profiles:
Explore networks likes Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter, especially those that would be helpful in your field and create your profiles with the employer’s point of view in mind. Beyond the profile and connection with others, try using platforms like Pinterest which can be set-up to function as a professional portfolio and offers you the opportunity to introduce you in an approach that expands the conventional resume format.
Find a Program for You
Apart from social media profiles, there are many other tools specially designed for an online resume. For instance, VisualCV and Social Resume. The built-in social functions and format of blog platforms – e.g., Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr – could be customised to assist your job search and career goals.
These concepts are famous at the moment as a method to present a large amount of information in a single graphic. The image concept is making the leap to resumes with platforms like Visual.ly and Vizualize.me that pull the content from your social profiles (i.e., Twitter, LinkedIn) to create visually attractive timelines that can be shared via URL.
SHOULD YOU GO SOCIAL?
Before you go social with your resume, consider the following:
- What are the industry acceptance and expectations? Consider what others in your career path are doing to present their professional information online.
- What are the potentials of social resume to enhance my availability to employers? Determine whether it’s going to add value to your job search goals before committing time to it.
- Which social platform offers the best professional presentation to my field? You do not want your social resume to hinder you but help your progress. Try and search for ways other professionals in your field are being creative online. Also look out for platforms that can be maintained and updated.
Once you’ve created your new social profile, ask others, preferably people affiliated with your chosen field, to help review your new online resume format and make recommendations before you share it with the world. These opinions can assist you in refining your approach.
You may not be prepared to fully swap your conventional resume with an online or social one. It is still the standard for many hiring managers and might be needed at some point in your job search to complete a web-based application submission or at an in-person networking occasion like a career fair. Your existing traditional resume can still be a helpful foundation when making decisions about the kind of information you will wish to incorporate in a social version.
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