In order to compete in today’s competitive job market, the virtual resume is no longer just a creative option, but a necessity across all career fields.
To create a virtual resume, research easy-to-use sites such as WordPress that will allow you to easily compile your resume, examples of work and other information you’d like to share with potential employers.
Include whatever information that will be valuable to share within your career field.
The best part about a virtual resume is that it’s easy to share electronically.
Beyond your own website, it’s important to identify the appropriate online capacity to promote yourself, including your skills and talents. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or LinkedIn, building this online presence to supplement your virtual resume will help you tap into a larger pool of resources.
But remember, creating an online presence doesn’t begin when you’re job searching, but well before that. Ideally, your presence on social networks is established and updated frequently well before you’re on the job hunt.
Don’t go overboard when you are identifying social networks to utilize. Identify one or two social networking tools you can make the time to consistently update.
A great way to build your online network is to position yourself as an expert in your field. For example, if you’re searching for a job in finance, connect with other professionals in the field as well as professional finance groups and finance-specific companies. Make sure to post and share relevant articles that will get people interested in that specific topic and interested in what you have to say.
It’s important to bridge your virtual resume with your social media platforms. To connect your social media networks with your virtual resume, share links to your social media sites from your virtual resume and share your website. If you think creating a new website to house your resume is too much of an effort in terms of the time and cost for a customized design, consider starting a blog using a free template or utilize LinkedIn as your online resume.
Source: Doug Stites for LSJ.com. Also you can go here to check out our version of a Multi-Media Resume.
Welcome. My name is Charles “Buzz” Smith and I’m the SR Curmudgeon of Consulting Services at OPI National Outplacement. My role, in addition to agitating our sales personnel, and consultants is to take the lead on delivering outplacement and career transition services that are effective. I blog about career stuff when my wife of 40 years, Linda banishes to the garden.