iStock_000017356289XSmallIn today’s technology-driven world, more and more employers and recruiters are going online to scope out candidates. Job seekers are turning to personal websites and online platforms such as LinkedIn to build connections and make their resume more readily available. While having an online version of your resume is not a requirement, it can certainly boost your job search.

Become searchable. With your resume stored online, you become more easily searchable. Employers can type in a few key words, and if your resume is a match, it will show up in the results. This can open you up to opportunities you may not have been aware of and give you an edge on other applicants. Also, if you already applied for a position, the employer may use it as a cross reference to see if the content lines up. In addition, if your name is mentioned by a current employee or mutual contact, should the employer search for you, they are provided with your resume on the spot. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of time zone or business hours.

Shows you are tech-savvy. With more business turning to online resources, you can show that you are current with the trends. Being able to successfully navigate a website platform and create and post content is becoming more desirable. You can instantly update your resume as necessary and customize the appearance. While you may not be a master at programming, basic skills and recognizing the power of an online presence can show you are keeping up with the times.

Add links and build a portfolio. While you can add website addresses to your resume, having it online gives access to these links with the click of a button. Showcase your abilities more effectively by linking to online content and work samples that give a more comprehensive overview of your abilities. Having an online portfolio can give employers access to a wealth of information to more effectively judge your qualifications and skills. Highlight your best work and what makes you stand out from the competition. Platforms such as LinkedIn have opportunities built in to upload documents and provide links. Take advantage of these resources if you have additional information to share.

Enhance personality. Customize your online resume to better show employers who you are and what you have to offer. It should still remain a professional-looking document, but you have more options for personalization. Provide quick links for contacting you and accessing additional information.

Make sure that the vast majority of information aligns with your hard copy, however, so that everything is cohesive and it doesn’t look like you are lying about your work history or accomplishments. Your online resume should complement your hard copy, not present an entirely different impression. If you are looking to create a strong impression, both online and off, the team at Chic Resumes can help you to build a resume that accurately reflects your strengths and abilities. As part of the resume package, we will upload your resume to LinkedIn so that everything is cohesive and further supports your job search. Contact Chic Resumes today at (803) 831-7444 or to get started.

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