I wrote last week that personal branding specialist Dan Schawbel predicts that job seekers' online presence will replace the traditional resume within 10 years. Of course, the problem with that is the advice I hear over and over that you need to create custom resumes to address the specific position for which you're applying. And you might want to leave some information off to apply for certain jobs.
A piece in Saturday's The New York Times delves into the pros and cons of putting up a personal website as part of your job hunt. It quotes some resume specialists who say LinkedIn is the only online presence many job hunters need. But the limited space and rigid format for listing past jobs might not serve you well. For creative types, especially, a personal website can make more sense.
But the article says that even for others, the online resume would be different to one you might hand to a potential employer during an interview. It quotes Monster.com resume expert Kim Isaacs, director of ResumePower, saying:
You still want short bits of information, where you get to the key points quickly, but you can create a multipage, online portfolio on the Web and include case studies, a page of references, and testimonials.
The article includes other good advice: