Some companies have finally stopped the charade of reading drab, lame resumes and started asking applicants to submit the real stuff that hiring managers actually surf around and look for anyway: your blogs, Twitter, videos, etc.
“A resume doesn't provide much depth about a candidate,” Christina Cacippo, an associate at Union Square Ventures, told The Wall Street Journal. “We are most interested in what people are like, what they are like to work with, how they think,” she says.
Other firms are actively using Web 2.0 to supplement resumes, like StickerGiant.com which requires an online survey to screen applicants. They ask strange questions like What’s the best job you’ve ever had? according to WSJ.com.
This doesn’t mean that resumes are becoming obsolete. It just means your social web presence is more important now than ever -- so get it together!
Check out these tips and links to help you stay cutting edge:
- Make sure you’re using LinkedIn effectively.
- Create a Professional Facebook and build your connections through Facebook Apps for Job Hunting.
- Start Tweeting to professionals in your field, and connect with career experts for trends and advice.
- Blog on the regular: whether it’s Tumblr, Pinterest, WordPress – just pick one and write something about your field habitually.
- The web is free-for-all. Your competition is lurking somewhere, so scope them out. Search for the strongest young voices in your field on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc. — get up to their level.