Death to the resume?
Not quite, but a paper resume may no longer be enough. You’ll need to up your CV game if you’re serious about landing a new job or expanding your prospects, particularly in the high tech and creative fields, or in the wondrous world of startups.
A digital resume alternative gives you a lot of creative freedom to set yourself apart, and it also helps wrangle your personal SEO and professional online presence. Back in 2012, an estimated 37% of employers looked up potential employees, and by all accounts, that number’s only growing. If you’re on the hunt for a new position, make sure to give those social media sleuths from HR something good to click to when they find you on social or Google you.
About.me is what I like to call, landing page plus. Your about page can be customized with a snazzy background photo, fill out summary bio, and embed your social profiles and media links and whatever else you have on ye olde interwebz.
A newish feature they’ve added is something they call Backstory, which lets you add experience history a la a more traditional resume. Also interesting is the ability to search by tags, industries, companies and locations— you’ll come across some interesting people to connect with. About.me fully covers the benefit of attaching a face and story to your name.
About.me is free to join, and paid upgrades are available for more robust capabilities.
Sumry’s homepage boldly proclaims: We killed the resume. You’re welcome. Their take on the resume replacement keeps in mind that it’s not about totally nixing the idea of a CV— it’s about taking the best of what works in resumes and making it easy for anyone to leverage their experience and skills in a clean, aesthetically pleasing digital format.
The Sumry platform is incredibly lightweight and snappy, and customization options are simple to use.
It’s free to sign up and use Sumry, and those looking for analytics and custom domain options can upgrade to Pro.
One of the newest additions to Adobe’s lineup is Adobe Portfolio. It’s a beautiful, simple to use portfolio building site that’s integrated with Behance— perfect for artists, designers, and others with visually-leaning work histories. The default templates are clean and pretty, and they are customizable, but just enough so that a user can focus on their showcase of projects and not the details that can sidetrack you from your best work.
Showmanship can be a big part of your best work and things like feeling like you’re not ready because you’re making just a few more adjustments to your portfolio can inhibit execution and success. This takes that indecision out of the equation and supports artist growth and productivity.
Adobe Portfolio is included with Adobe Creative Cloud Photographer and Creative Suite plans.
Ah, LinkedIn— the least fun and most memeless of the big 3 social media platforms. As stodgy as this platform seems, LinkedIn is a hotspot for recruiters and HR pros and is a must-do for anyone serious about marketing themselves. A friend of a friend (of a friend— ha!) reportedly was poached from her former position by none other than Apple, whose recruiters reached out to her via LinkedIn. #TrueStory.
The best part of LinkedIn is the built-in social proof features that each user can take advantage of. Testimonials and specific endorsements can go a long way in building credibility, so roll up your sleeves, spiff up your LinkedIn profile, and get your digital network on.
I’m sure you don’t live under a rock, so you should know that LinkedIn is totes free, with a few kinda pricey Premium options that I’m pretty sure almost nobody opts for.
Self-hosted Resume Website
And last but not least, all of you Type-As with a web-design-y bent may want to opt for the precision control of a bespoke website crafted by your own hand.
Grab yourself a domain name and a hosting package, and you’re halfway there. You can code one from scratch, or start with a site template and go from there. Get set up with WordPress, and you’ll have never-ending options for customizing your digital CV as often as you
need desire to.
A domain will run you about $15/year, with basic hosting clocking in at around $5/month. Pricing for custom coding, premade site designs, or WordPress themes vary greatly— from free to a pile of Benjis.
- Namecheap (domains)
- Hostgator (hosting)
- 1and1 (hosting)
- Creative Market (designs, themes)
- Elegant Themes (WordPress themes)
- Studiopress (WordPress themes, Genesis framework)
So there you have it, career seekers. Give yourself a leg up in the job market by improving your online presence with a rich CV/resume experience that will make your story stick in the minds of recruiters and HR personnel.