Paper Resumes are SO Last Century

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

May 17

One of the fundamentals of finding a new position is the resume. Entire companies have been created just to help people construct, write, and maintain resumes.

But, times are changing — of course!

There is a growing contingent that believe that in addition to the traditional resume, we should also be using our own web sites to build out a longer, more versatile resume that potential employers will go see. (this is precisely what I will be doing with the Scot Herrick web site — one sidebar devoted to my corporate work and one sidebar devoted to my writing work).

In addition to the web site concept, there is also a push to produce video files (stored on your web site) that will allow you to display your “personal brand.”

New technology, such as You Tube, allow individuals to create videos that can be viewed by “Corporate Earth” or anyone else so inclined to go look at what you have created in your videos.

So we’re all now a multi-media event.

Not a bad idea…but early in implementation.

You can read about videos supplementing traditional resumes at Online Recruitment located in the United Kingdom (yet another example of — it’s a global community now…) where Dan Schawbel describes how Traditional Paper Resumes have Evolved into Multimedia. Dan also writes Personal Branding.

But, the Internet is the Internet. There are perils of just putting a video out there.

Darlene McDaniel outlines a few of the (great) pitfalls of an individual making a video resume. In Tough Questions Great Answers, she takes a quick look at Video Resumes — Who Really Wins?

And it’s not necessarily Cubicle Warriors…

  • Scot Herrick says:

    I agree, Mike. I’m thinking of Timothy Johnson’s post on why he calls himself Timothy online as a differentiator to the other Tim Johnson’s out there (though I can’t remember the exact post on his site, Carpe Factum).

    It is fortunate that my name is spelled only with one “t” in Scot. I tried to get, and also tried to get so that I could forward misspellings to the “right” site — but all were taken.

    If you can’t get a domain with your own name, try at least to get a name that can be associated with your personal brand. Brands are how we differentiate ourselves. A good brand name that represents your strongest attributes would be a good second choice.

  • While early in implementation – it’s certainly a point of differentiation.

    This is one reason I suggest to every student/job-seeker to grab their name as a domain (like you have with

    You’re right. We should each present ourselves using multiple mediums.

  • Darlene says:

    Good stuff. Thanks for the link and the other articles. I will be back to visit.

    Also, I would love to have you do a guest post at Tough Questions? Great Answers! Let me know if you have any interest.

  • Scot Herrick says:

    That would be the article I saw!

    Thanks, Dan…good information.

  • I just wrote an article on how the traditional resume will evolve into a multimedia resume in the future.

    I’m sure you’d be interested!

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