It is increasingly difficult to stand out in that stack of resumes piling up on a recruiter’s desk. You are initially just a piece of paper; they don’t know you, other than what’s written on your resume.
Thankfully, however, virtual resumes help you evolve from mere resume… to a really great candidate who must be interviewed.
A virtual resume is similar to a paper resume in that it expresses an applicant’s qualifications, strengths and work history. However, there are added perks to the virtual version of your resume, such as the option to attach examples from, or links to, your online portfolio.
While I have my virtual resume on Vizify.com, there are several sites that offer simple templates to follow in order to create a virtual resume. Each one is a little different and can be tailored to you and your career.
Here are the top five reasons why you need a virtual version of your resume:
Amplify Your Personal Brand
Everything you do online – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, blogs and all sites in between – shows your personality. A virtual resume pulls from all of your online platforms and presents who you are to the recruiter. The best part: the recruiter doesn’t have to go find you online; you’ve done all the work for them.
My online resume features a few of my tweets to show I participate in Twitter chats like #InternPro, that I love LA sports teams and I’m a huge fan of country music. It reveals some of my personality and gives a recruiter an initial indication of whether I’d fit with the company culture – and saves them (and me) even more time.
Easy to Share Electronically
There is nothing easier than adding a link to your virtual resume at the end of a cover letter or an email. I even include a link to my virtual resume in my email signature.
Again, the important advantage to your candidacy: compared to the competition, you’re making the recruiter’s job easy!
You Aren’t Constrained by Page Length
With a resume, the rule of thumb for young careerists is to get everything on one 8.5” x 11” page. However, that means you might have to pick and choose just exactly what you share.
With an online resume you aren’t constrained by that rule; space (within reason, of course) is unlimited. You can share anything and everything you find relevant to your future career – and the recruiter might find as relevant to the job opening they are trying to fill. For example, online, I share information about positions I held in my sorority that I don’t share on my resume, only because I don’t have room.
You Can Update in Real Time
Ever send a resume and then find that one last typo? Or realize a portion wasn’t completely updated? Ever want to change your summary of skills at the last moment?
Virtual resumes eliminate this problem. You can update an online resume any time and you don’t have to worry about re-sending the link.
Added Value to Ordinary Job Application
Ordinary applications and resumes are just words on a page. You can’t attach pictures, videos or even sample pieces of your work. I share blogs that I wrote for YouTern and other pieces of my writing that showcase my skills. These are all parts of my portfolio that I can’t show on a resume, but that give recruiters a good indication of my abilities.
Most recruiters are far more likely to grant you an interview when you prove your skills and achievements… rather than just talk about them.
Simply put: the virtual version of your resume is a terrific opportunity to impress companies looking to hire. Start building your online resume today… and see if it doesn’t help you get more job interviews!
About the Author: Lauren Kirkpatrick is YouTern’s Social Media Outreach Intern. She graduated from San Diego State in 2011, with a Bachelors degree in Public Relations. During college she interned for Integrated Sports Marketing, and has since worked for several San Diego area PR firms while developing her passion for social media.
In her personal life, Lauren is never more than 3 feet from her iPhone or Macbook – she says “they have their own side of the bed” – (and our guess is they probably also have their own iNames!) She’s a sports junkie, TV aficionado and expert baker. Follow Lauren on Twitter!
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