A Great Online Resume Is More Than Just a Resume (and I’ll prove it!)


August 2nd, 2011 | Posted in by

In case you hadn’t heard, a holy host of site and blog creation tools make it easy to tack your resume to the infinite cork-board that is the World Wide Web.

After that, recruiters and hiring managers are sure to find you and offer suitcases full of money.

Perhaps not, but if you’re unemployed, maintaining a professional online profile isn’t salient, it’s borderline inexcusable.

So lets get started.

It’s something Google’s search spiders can crawl, and it doesn’t show you making questionable dietary and fashion decisions a lá Facebook.

If you aren’t creative, steal from this guy

If you’re totally left-brained and looking for ideas, let me offer the website of Sam Diener. He’s a young Sales & Marketing professional who’s looking for work. His website is clean, straightforward and professional without being impersonal. It also has four important concepts you should steal.

  1. It’s easy to find and read his resume. A link to a downloadable C.V. is front and centre. You’d be surprised how often people bury this.
  2. Recruiters get special treatment. Sam uses his navigation bar to extend a digital handshake to headhunters and hiring managers. He connects them to LinkedIn and Twitter, and even uses an Google application that connects to him via phone. This is a brilliant idea.
  3. He adds his own personality. Sam’s site gives you a sense of what he’s like as a person. You can see what he’s done and what he wants to do. As a 25-year-old his accomplishments are modest, but he comes across as an upbeat go-getter who is ok with the fact that he drives a ‘beat up old car’ and lives in a ‘fairly nice apartment’. It makes you root for him a little.
  4. He shares what he knows. Sam offers networking tips and tricks on his blog. He knows what he’s talking about. “Networking and Business 101: “Excuse Me, But I Don’t Want to Talk To You Anymore”” is a good example of how providing a little extra value gives potential employers a lot of extra insight.

A good personal/resume site a tremendous advantage in a highly competitive employment market

Sam’s web presence isn’t complicated or intricate, it doesn’t need to be. It’s an effective online brand and a billboard on the information highway (remember when we used to call it that?). It’s something Google’s search spiders can crawl, and it doesn’t show you making questionable dietary and fashion decisions a lá Facebook.

An online resume is more than roles and goals

Getting a job is less about ‘the resume’ than it has ever been. Today’s online resume needs to be an amalgam of who you are as much as ‘what you’ve done’.

Why? Because the Internet can tell a much richer story than four pages of 12pt Times New Roman attached to an email. This makes a good personal/resume site a tremendous advantage in a highly competitive employment market.

If you know of another job seeker with a great personal site please share it here.