It’s no secret that the rise of online social media has affected our generation’s sense of privacy. With the music we like, the people we hang out with, and some unflattering to possibly incriminating photos publicly visible, our online presence shares (with varying degrees of accuracy) what kind of person we are – even if we don’t want it to.
On the other side of the social network coin however, is our ability to control the shape our profile takes and find a way to use it. Our Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr pages aren’t just home to Sepia-washed pictures of food and cat videos, they are a representation of ourselves. A presentation. In fact, that sounds a lot like a resume, especially since:
Creative use of social media can totally get you a job in today’s economy.
1 out of every 6 job seekers credit social media with helping them find a job, while 92% of employers use it to recruit. Sites like LinkedIn, ResumeSocial.com, and Ziggs.com facilitate professional networking, video resumes, and resources for job searching. Once you deicide mobilize your online presence to find some gainful employment, resources promoting your value abound in the forms of Twitter followers, customized Pinterest boards filled with projects and charities, and personalized videos.
And companies are already looking for you too.
It’s much harder to lie online than in print, any of your profiles are easily accessible – not to mention faster and cheaper then dealing with paper resumes – for a prospective employer. Going over a Facebook page or a LinkedIn account has become an efficient vetting process and Twitter is now a place for companies to both post job listing and conduct interviews. CNN even dropped a rumor that Facebook may be launching a jobs board feature for the site.
But the paper resume isn’t completely dead. Many employers still prefer you to fill out their own forms or submit a resume either in person or through their site. Most companies require some form of Curriculum Vitae before they’ll serious consider hiring you. When you can though, taking advantage of the possibilities of social media and going beyond the norm significantly set you apart from the herd.
Some folks have really gotten creative with this. Check out Rachael King’s Pinterest board, her “Living Resume” with presentations, videos, and articles promoting herself and her work, or Mashable’s list of 10 Creative Social Media Resumes to Learn From – the guy who printed a QR code on the back of his CV is particularly cool.
A lot like Piglt, the use of online social resumes encourages, in fact depends on, an entrepreneurial spirit for success. The better you can present yourself, the stronger and more interesting your ideas, the closer you come to connecting with others and reaching your goal. Whether it’s getting a job or paying back your student loans, your ability to think outside the box and go the extra mile is what sets you apart and says the most about you, more so than a list of past employers and references. The online world is your oyster, go tweet about it.