Most of us have written a resume before. We all know approximately how to write one; what goes into it, how to format it, and what information to include. But how many of us are experienced in creating an online resume? In today’s world where social media dominates, it’s really a wonder that not everyone has an online resume. Online resumes can be so much more beneficial and can get an individual farther than the traditional resume ever could. I think that if more people knew the benefits of online resumes, everyone would be rushing to create one. Let’s look at some of these benefits:
Online resumes speed up the process of applying for a job. Instead of mailing a traditional resume out and waiting for days for an employer to receive it, one can simply send their online resume with the click of a button. The employer would receive it right away, and in some cases can even let the applicant know if they have been hired or not in the same day. In addition to this, one can send out his or her resume to multiple employers, all from behind a computer screen. The process only takes a couple of minutes online, as opposed to a couple of days or even weeks with traditional resumes.
Visibility and Networking
Online resumes make you visible to employers everywhere. Instead of having to actually go to a business in person and give the manager your resume, you can post it online and make it available to numerous employers. This increases your chances of actually getting a job, because you may be contacted by employers that you weren’t even considering. Rather than searching for a job, the job may find you. This is one of the main benefits of online resumes. In addition to visibility, online resumes help you network. Even if you don’t get hired right away, the online resume allows you to introduce yourself to the world and build new connections with various people.
Presenting Yourself in the Best Light
Online resumes allow more room for creativity than the traditional resume ever did. Taking care to build a creative online resume not only shows off your technological skills, but also sets you apart from the crowd. It’s not as easy to make yourself appear unique with the traditional paper resume. With an online resume, you can use different design layouts, upload your picture, and even include videos to help promote yourself. You can post a video of yourself talking about your qualifications; this allows employers to see and hear you as they would in the typical hiring process. Employers can also get a glimpse of your personality and style, as well as everything that you’re bringing to the table.
Online resumes make it possible for employers to see that you’re investing time, patience, and creativity in both yourself and your future career. So what are you waiting for? Go create your online resume today! It will allow you to be up-to-date in the world of social media, and will make you one step ahead of all your competition.
Amra Hercinovic is an undergraduate student at the University of South Florida studying bio-medical sciences and psychology. She hopes to go on to study pharmacy at the University of Florida.