Most job searchers are sending their traditional resume for consideration on open positions, but what about their social resume? What is a social resume? The short answer it is your online presence. This can include Facebook, LinkedIn, You Tube, Blogs and all other social media outlets. When done properly, this resume can highlight more of your skills, personality and abilities than your traditional resume does. Here are some interesting statistics I read last week.
According to a publication from Online Colleges
- 92% of Employers are using social media for recruiting
- Recruiters are using the following social media networks to find candidates
- Facebook 66%
- LinkedIn 93%
- Twitter 54%
Compare these to the number of job searchers using the social networks
- Facebook 52%
- LinkedIn 38%
- Twitter 34%
So the questions that you need to ask yourself are:
- Do you have an online presence?
- Are you using it properly to find work? and
- What job opportunities are you missing out on?
Here are some tips on what recruiters are looking for in a Social Resume:
- Accomplishments in previous work or school projects
- Memberships to relevant Associations
- Volunteering/Community involvement
- If you are using LinkedIn – endorsements on skills and work performance
- Always check your spelling and grammar; nothing turns a recruiter off faster than misspelled words
- Creativity will help you stand out and show the recruiters what you are capable of
Do not include:
- Profanity, references to parties or drinking
Do not let a great opportunity pass you by simply because you posted a picture of yourself drunk on your Facebook page.
There are several sites that can help you with your social resume. A quick Google search brought up CareerCloud and ResumeSocial, but there are many more referenced in the infographic from the Online College.
Technology has brought lots of changes in the past 10 years. This is one change that you should start considering immediately. With this many companies using social networking to hire their employees, it is a trend that is sure to continue rising. Who knows, in a few years that traditional resume may be obsolete!
Do you have a Social Resume? What do you use?