Still, after your resume, and even after your LinkedIn profile, there are other ways to say, “Look at me” when you’re searching for employment; although, I mention these “other ways” very cautiously. Additional or supplemental documentation or social media profiles and pages can be useful when backing up your claim as a company’s next top performer, but only when used correctly and in doing so, proving your claim as factual.
I’ll start by saying what not to do. Do not put your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or otherwise links in, on or near your resume. These types of social media are for your friends, not your employers. Unless discussed later on during the hiring process or even after you’ve begun working (for instance I assist in managing Optimum’s social media and therefore had to discuss my Facebook account in order to Admin on the company’s page post hire), leave it out – and remember, let the employer be the one to mention any of these, if even necessary.
When employers are sifting through resumes, they are looking for reasons not to hire you. I know, that sounds strange, doesn’t it? All too unfair to the job searchers out there, employers will hunt for any reason to through your resume in the trash in order to make room for their top candidates… Based solely on their resume of course. Do not give employers reasons to through your resume away – avoid adding pictures or the previously mentioned links.
Oftentimes used and extremely popular in marketing, construction, fashion, etc., etc. is the portfolio. Here’s where I go into what to do. However, if you’re going to do it, do it well and make it worth the onlooker’s while. Remember to include dates and keep your work in chronological order. Don’t let loose pages fall out or have multiple pages in multiple folders all shoved in a backpack you hastily grabbed on your way out of the house. A portfolio is meant to be a single window into your past work. A concise vision into the work you may provide in the future.
“… And sometimes you use Medium to create a new style of resume that incorporates gifs, internet slang and embedded Tweets and Pinterest boards. [That] is the path writer Jenn Van Grove took, publishing this 2014 version of an electronic resume, titled “Free Agent” – complete with a TL;DR version at the top.”
This is where you might crash and burn if not used carefully, hence my caution. Jenn Van Grove does a wonderful job at selling herself, showing off her work and altogether leaving the employer wanting to see more.
The more of you there is out there, presented in a hirable and admirable way, the more likely companies are to become entranced at the possibility of you becoming part of their team. The resume is still the most important job tool, but it used to be just the resume. Now it is so much more.
Written by: Melanie Scherr