Paper resumes are still with us, but more and more job hunters are posting resumes online at social media sites like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook and at sites like VirtualCV that specialize in publishing resumes. They know that more and more recruiters are searching online for job candidates.
If you are a member of LinkedIn, you can include the address for your LinkedIn profile on your resume—but you should first make sure your LinkedIn profile is professional. If you employ a professional resume writer to write your resume, ask the same person to write your LinkedIn profile. You gain several advantages: consistency, reinforcement of the main points in your resume, and an opportunity to elaborate on details. You will also want some strong recommendations on your LinkedIn profile.
If you belong to Facebook, Twitter, or other social media groups, now is the time to take down any photos, tweets, or personal information that you would never bring up at a job interview. Social networking sites do not belong on a resume; but recruiters and interviewers know how to find them, whether you want them to or not. You may want to mention a Facebook business site on your resume if that is relevant.
Recruiters are also looking at resumes created on resume publishing sites or with WordPress or similar software. Some online resume tools allow you to choose among privacy settings; incorporate the online resume in Facebook and LinkedIn; and add audio or video. Be careful of overwhelming your resume with gimmicks, however. Your accomplishments, achievements and work history should still be paramount.
Again, a consistent approach is vital among all your paper and electronic resumes. I can help you with a resume package that makes your resume stand out, no matter where recruiters find it.