Tips for Your Online Resume

Susan Hall
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10 Tips for Getting that IT Job

There's work out there, if you know how to get it.

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 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:


  • It's not a good idea to set up a website for job hunting unless your boss knows you're hunting.
  • Provide your resume in different formats, including Microsoft Word, ASCII text and a PDF file, so employers can choose how to download it.
  • Be careful about privacy. It says some candidates do not list a street address, using instead a post office box and a Google Voice phone number. Remember, anyone can see a photo of your house on Google Street View.
  • But you still want to make it easy for potential employers to reach you. Put an e-mail address or phone number on every page of your site. Don't make employers work to find it.

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Dec 6, 2012 11:32 PM resume writers Sydney resume writers Sydney  says:
Online resumes are a great way to make your resume looking even more attractive and a beneficial one. Reply
Feb 24, 2013 1:43 PM Jean Jean  says:
In this generation online resume is more accessible than the traditional one. I agree onproviding your resume in different formats, because their are some employers who cannot download microsoft document.... Its been greatful reading article like this.. thanks for sharing Reply

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