Is your résumé up-to-date? Mine isn’t.
I’ve been thinking about résumés recently and I wondered how social media and self branding is impacting job seekers and how they design their résumé or CV.
For the most part, I’ve been taught that a résumé should be a summary of my education, work experience, publications, and special recognitions. My résumé should be in a traditional font, with an inch margin on each side, and it is best when printed on single sheet of nice quality, white paper.
The last time I created a résumé Twitter didn’t exist. Neither did Facebook. I didn’t have a Flickr account, and I wasn’t a blogger, either. Oh, and I didn’t use Macs back then. Social media, blogging, and Macs have enabled me to reconnect with my creative side. The idea of creating a dull, traditional résumé turns my smiley face emoticon into a frown. 😦
Take a look at these résumés: http://bit.ly/dhH87z
Are some of them over the top? Yes. A few of the designs = pumped up on steroids, with the content remaining terribly anemic. But some of them kick ass!
What would you think if you were an employer and you received a résumé like one of these?