The new Resume 2.0

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The traditional resume was a nicely formatted document that included the candidate's name and contact information, experience, education and qualifications. Candidates looking for new jobs sent those resumes (printed on thick, luxurious resume paper) by mail to their desired employers, where an assistant would sort through a towering mound of similarly prepared submissions to find the best candidates. No more: the age of the digital resume has arrived.

Resumes not submitted online can automatically designate those candidates as out-of-touch with the changing face of business, and it's likely to hurt their chances of getting an interview.

The good news for job seekers is that online resumes offer more opportunities to expand on their knowledge and experience to appear more appealing to potential employers. Free from the constraints of a single sheet of paper, candidates can show off individual accomplishments within each position — and that extra information can make all the difference when they're being considered.

A major benefit of online resumes is the ability to distribute them to a wider audience. Job search engines offer candidates a place to post their resumes in a forum where thousands of companies can peruse them. Candidates can sometimes find the scarcity of posted positions on job search engines discouraging, but the lack of relevant job posts shouldn't deter them from submitting a resume because many top companies use job search engines to browse for potential hires without ever announcing that a vacant position is open.

Job search engines aren't the only valuable place to keep a resume. Hiring managers often also use networking sites such as LinkedIn and Plaxo to find qualified candidates through their own extended network connections.

A generic online resume can be useful when posting on a job search engine or networking site, but when job seekers want to catch the notice of a specific company, it's time to get personal. The best way to stand out, online or anywhere, is to really take the time to look at the job description and tailor your resume to it.

Video resumes aren't as technology-advanced as it gets, though. Doe-Anderson, a brand-building agency in Louisville, Ky., is currently conducting an experiment in hiring a social media manager through the popular social networking site Twitter. If you think figuring out the right information for your online resume is challenging, imagine having to summarize your qualifications in the allotted 140 letters per Tweet.

Written by: Simone Baldassarri Tuesday, 17 February 2009 00:00 Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2009 20:24

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