The New Resume: It’s Not Just On Paper Anymore

August 13, 2015

Career Advice

Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 10.44.01 AMIt’s been a quick four months since our last blog on the future of resumes, and the latest trend seems to be merging the traditional paper resume and our virtual social media brand. Presenting… the Social Resume, aka SR. Ta-da!

The Social Resume is a combination of your online presence like your LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and/or blog. This allows you the chance to showcase your skills and experience through these media outlets. With its own url, the SR is regularly updated, just like your sites, and could be featured in your e-mail signature, your paper resume, your social bios, or printed as a PDF.

The social resume is basically “who you are” as a person, whereas the paper resume features “what you’ve done.” It makes sense. You’ve probably been updating your social media sites for a while now and they really do tell a lot about you — your hobbies, likes, dislikes, opinions, pictures, community involvement, and so much more. Sometimes too much.

Universities have even begun hiring graduate assistants to merely follow up on the social media accounts of their recruits to make sure their personal brand was one they would want representing their school. In essence, most of us have a much more personal side of our character and personality that hadn’t been exposed, at least willingly, to our potential employers.

In some ways, a Social Resume would level the playing field. Your future employer gets to know all about you, and you, the future employee, get one more chance to impress them with your well-dressed and super snappy social brand. All of this makes for a better culture match between employee and employer in the end.

But be careful, using a SR will require more research on your part to match your social brand with the appropriate organization. Do your research and be certain that, just as you might have with your paper resume, you’re targeting the companies that are looking for your brand of “social.” You don’t want to be dismissed at first glance because one inappropriate update.

Take a look at this infographic that’s featured on the Muse on why you should start a Social Resume.

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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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