Online you can watch a video, listen to a podcast, move through a set of slides, take a poll, participate in a web chat, link to friends, and retweet messages to a broad network. So why are so many of us failing to take advantage of the Internet to market ourselves and still creating that boring, standard format CV?
When was the last time you sent out a hard copy of your CV? Maybe you submitted one at a career fair, but more likely you sent an electronic version that was then passed around digitally many times before you ever got a call for an interview. Since the CV is already being shared digitally, why not use some of the amazing digital media and resources to truly show who you are – differentiate yourself for your potential employers – especially in the ultra-competitive marketplace of today!
Not surprisingly, there are numerous websites that you can use to help create a more effective digital CV. My favorite site is VisualCV. They demonstrate very well what a great digital CV could be. I highly recommend checking it out.
VisualCV isn’t just a summary of your skills and accomplishments, but rather it positions you as a brand worthy of remark. It allows you to build a unique self-presentation using video, audio, graphs, testimonials, and relevant links. The service is free and takes relatively little time to put together. It also works well in tandem with your LinkedIn profile, linking each to the other, and providing that much more information about you.
You can also check out other sites that offer similar services, including Doodlebit, Interactive Resume Services, Emurse, and Vision-Resume. In addition, some job boards, like Bayt.com, go the distance and encourage candidates upload video CVs. Whatever the final product is called – Web bio, portfolio, a visual vitae, a web resume, it certainly is no longer the traditional CV.
This trend to multimedia online elaboration and expansion of your professional self will only continue to grow and, I believe, it will soon be the death knell for the traditional CV. As search firms, recruiters, and employers use ever more thorough searches online to uncover the top candidates and stars, be sure you are ahead of the curve and build yourself a truly powerful multimedia CV today!