The Internet is Your Resume

Traditionally, resumes provided employers with information like references, work history, and education, and would help employers make an informed decision regarding the hiring process. But with more and more companies going digital, and with the majority of job candidates active on LinkedIn, Facebook, and more, all of that information is easily available and even more comprehensive.

LinkedIn allows for endorsements – something that was typically achieved with references. Facebook allows employers to get a snapshot of a candidate’s personality. Twitter, Google, WordPress, and other similar services help expand an employer’s view of who you are. But where does your resume fit into this new digital world? Instead of serving as the all-around bio that gets you the job, it should serve as an attention-getter to make your future workplace want to know more.

Keep your resume professional and digital; this is especially important in the era of digital job interviews. Avoid fancy serif fonts or being too cute – focus on making sure your resume is screen friendly and succinct. Focus on building your resume as a way to complement your work rather than to present it. Instead of serving as the only means to showcase your skills and talents, turn your resume into a cheat sheet to provide your employer quick access to knowing what you’re all about.

What are the three basics that you absolutely must have on your resume?
1. Education
2. Experience
3. Skills

While there are other things like your contact info, your bio, and your objective, these three elements will almost always remain the same. Make sure all of your online profiles can back up what you claim on your resume – and it isn’t a bad idea to include links, either. While your resume may not be the time to show off, all of your online profiles are a good way to showcase who you are. With that said, clean up your social profiles and make sure your personal website is up to par. Realize that some employers prefer to reference your social networks in lieu of a paper resume, and they will look to your digital interview to verify the information.

To sum up the modern resume, consider this analogy. Your resume is your home page, and each tidbit of information is a link to other aspects of your life. Connecting all the dots for prospective employers and then backing up the information through your digital interview.