(Updates with jobless figures for NJ)
Going by statistics, with one in ten people in the US currently out of work (more if you include freelancers and part-timers), there are scores of people out there perusing job ads and sprucing up resumes. The number is similar in New Jersey, with unemployment at a 32-year high, NJ.com says. But a lot of the effort going into one’s paper curriculum vitae could be a waste of time, according to Elizabeth Wasserman who wrote this story. She says:
Landing the hot job interview these days calls for a multimedia presentation, also known as a digital portfolio.
A digital portfolio allows you to bring your old paper or electronic r√©sum√© to life. And since you’re not limited to the traditional single-sheet r√©sum√©, you can include photos of your work, video clips of you receiving awards, copies of your letters of recommendations, and more. A portfolio — either stored online or on CDs or DVDs — allows you to develop a self-portrait that makes a stand-out first impression.”
One site that makes this a breeze (and is free and easy to navigate) is LinkedIn, used widely for professional networking. Just plug in your career and education details, photo, honors, awards and references and voila, there’s a one-stop shop for, well, you.
Montclair resident David Levy, 40, a sponsorship management director and father of three boys who is in the market for a job, was sent this almost-disheartening link by a friend as an example of the ‘perfect’ resume. That CV, while perfect for a graphics-related job, isn’t for everyone, but you get the (elaborate and detailed) picture.
Says Levy, “It’s probably not for the traditional industries. I haven’t found headhunters advising me to come up with that (sort of resume) and find LinkedIn more than adequate.”
This doesn’t mean he shies away from a tech-savvy presence, either.
“Your digital life is now visible to everyone, when you add an email signature line, on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, I still make sure I put these out there because it helps them (prospective employers) know you better. You have to use caution too, because it’s so public,” says Levy.
Too right. See the trouble this NJ blogger has gotten into.
Are you looking for a job? Talk to us about your experiences. Has technology worked for (or against) you?