Everyone wants to standout from the pile of resumes on a hiring manager’s desk; but you really don’t want to channel Elle from Legally Blonde and drop off a pink, scented resume. Try going digital! Even if you aren’t applying to be our next Digital Marketing Coordinator, adding flair and viable content to your resume is a sure-fire way to standout and get noticed.
In the push to go paperless and save the rainforest, companies are sending fewer paper billing statements, notifications, and policy change information to your home and opting for your virtual mailbox instead. Everything from your dinner menu, family tree, and local cab ride has gone digital, so why shouldn’t your resume?
LinkedIn and other social media sites can be used to display your connections to others in the industry, but even if you shell out extra money for the premium features – it still isn’t a digital resume. Social media is important though, and rest assured your potential employer is going to take a gander at your Facebook, Twitter, and G+ accounts.
Although employers will most likely want to see your traditional resume when you walk in the door, you can surprise them with digital options to find out more about you, too. Adding a QR Code creates an eye-catching advantage to get you noticed, for example. I used Visualead.com to make a QR code that features my face! Of course, it just leads you to my blogs here but if you made one and linked it to a website that hosted your digital resume, that would be impressive!
The digital resume is basically a web page you design to host your employment desires, accomplishments, work history, education, and even a portfolio of evidence. Evidence could be scanned letters of recommendation, pictures of your completed work, graphs showing your strengths, or anything else you might want to show a potential employer.
Like any resume, make sure the basics are clear and easy to read. You do not want to clutter up your landing page with a bunch of loquacious information. Place the extra information you want in your digital resume through links or on additional pages that can be viewed after you reel them in and have them wanting to know more about you.
There are a number of cloud-based website development platforms or blog hosting sites that can be utilized to host your resume for free! Wix.com and WordPress.com are a few that are fairly popular and very easy to use.
As of the time of this writing, we are looking for a Digital Marketing Coordinator. To see if you have what it takes, check out Top 10 Reasons You Might Be A Stupendous ExactHire Digital Marketing Coordinator.
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