Resume Websites: Market Yourself

by periwinklekitty

Successfully market yourself by including a resume website in your job search plan.

Resumes have evolved in the past 10 years. Gone are the boring, simplistic designs. What does that mean for job seekers who got their last job before the resume styles changed? What does that mean for the new job seekers who have never even written a resume before? What does it mean for the employers? Fortunately, it means about the same thing for everyone: resume websites are the future.

The internet hit hard in the late 90's/early 2000's and changed everything we knew about everything. Resume help and advice suddenly meant that everyone could write a respectable resume. Thus, the evolution of resumes came and changed everything we knew. In order to get noticed, people now have to rely on stylish, eye-popping resumes, while not going too over the top.

With the commencement of internet-based job applications, people are not getting the face-to-face time they previously got. A piece of paper (or digital file) is now representing millions of Americans. As a result of online applications, an employer may receive hundreds of resumes for any one job opening. Competition is much higher than it once was, and people are coming up with new, creative ways of standing out from the crowd.

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What is a resume website?

A resume website is not a new phenomenon. These websites have been around for a while, but they mostly were geared towards creative professions, such as artists, writers, or photographers. Even the people who were not looking for a creative profession had resume websites, but these were not found frequently. Obscurity is no longer an option. Resume website creation companies have been gaining speed on the internet in the past few years. Articles from major news companies have been published and re-published.

While resume websites are not new, they are not part of the required materials for job searching, which means that if you have one, you will set yourself apart from many of the other thousands of applicants. Make sure your website URL is listed at the top of your resume. Create a QR code to put on your resume linking to the resume website. Put this QR code on everything that may help you get a job, such as networking cards, or t-shirts. Be creative and unique and employers will remember you.

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What should I put on my resume website?

Make sure that your resume website is not simply a carbon copy of your print resume. Include new information that potential employers will not see on your resume so they will not feel as if they just wasted their time.

Include a personal statement (much like a cover letter, only slightly different) on the page. Use this space to tell a little about yourself that would be relevant to a job. List your qualities in detail, such as being a fast learner which helped you finished the workplace training program at your last job four months sooner than any other employee, and within 6 months, you were employee of the year. On your resume, you may have just listed that you are a quick learner, but on your website, you can (and should) say much, much more.

Include a video so the employer knows how well you carry yourself and sees your impressive communication skills. Do not read your resume word-for-word in your video. Your website will support your resume, and your video should support your website. Save a little extra for the video that you have not said on your resume or your resume website. Keep your future employers wanting to click on everything else to learn just a little more each time.

Should I leave anything off my resume website?

Condense information that is currently on your resume. While some employers may have stumbled upon your resume website without having your resume in hand, the odds are probably minimal. Even if this does happen, your resume website will still include enough information for the employer to ask for more information through your contact information. This advice keeps redundancy to a minimum while allowing you to protect your sensitive information from identity thieves.

Examples of the condensed information are as follows: use your middle initial instead of your full name, state your degree without the university or graduattion year, leave the dates off previous employment, use an email address that does not include your full name, use a P.O. Box instead of your home address, and use a mobile phone number or other untraceable phone number. Any sensitive information may be obtained by the employer if requested, but is unnecessary on a publicly viewed resume website.

While personal information may be tempting to include, such as how many cute little children you have, leave this information for water cooler conversations after you have been hired. Keep your resume website as professional as you would your printed resume. You are selling an image, and employers like to see professionals.

And finally...

Don't forget the current powerful nature of social networking websites. Potential employers may wish to look at your profile on a social networking website. Use some space to post links to your professional looking social networking profiles. Make sure that you have no embarrassing or potentially offensive pictures, information, or posts on your social networking profiles. If you do, you may wish to delete this information during the job hunting process or exclude that particular profile from your resume website.

Even with an excellent resume website, you still need a presentable print resume to hand out to prospective employers. Resume websites are not yet the standard (though it may happen one day), so impress your employers on paper first, and wow them with your resume website.

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Updated: 04/05/2012, periwinklekitty
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