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The Social Media Resume: Is this the Future of Hiring?


In a comment on my online identity post from the other day, Christy Tucker gave me a link to a post by Bryan Person on the social media resume. This is a one-page online version of your resume with links to both your online content, as well as documents, etc. that you might want to share with potential employers or clients.

Podcaster Christopher Penn created the one above, inspiring Bryan to create his own.  Both used Google Page Creator to set up their one-page sites.

A couple of thoughts here:

  • If you wanted to "sell" your online identity (your blog, wikis, podcasts, etc.) to a potential employer or client then this seems like a really smart option to consider. It puts everything     into one nice, neat, easily-accessible package. And you can even include a "traditional" version of your resume in Word or PDF.
  • Using Google Page Creator for this was a great idea. It's intuitive and easy to use and has some very professional-looking page templates--most of which I liked better than the ones Christopher and Bryan chose. The simplicity of the interface also makes it really easy to customize a resume for different types of work and employers. If you wanted, you could create several different versions of your resume to emphasize different skill sets and projects.
  • Bryan has a nice little feature he used with his resume. He set up a "purpose-built portfolio" using that he linked to from his resume. He did this by creating a "portfolio" tag and then tagging the best of his online work with that tag. He then linked to the tag in his resume. This strategy serves a few purposes. It keeps his main resume less cluttered. It also allows him to easily add work samples as he creates them. He simply tags them in and they're automatically available through his online resume. And his most recent work will always appear at the top. All in all, a nice little strategy to use.
  • One potential problem I noted--Christopher uses a quick video to introduce himself and his resume. I see pros and cons to that. Obviously if you "clean up well" and have great presentation skills, then this kind of video will definitely help in a job search. But as a former HR manager, I can also tell you that I'd be somewhat uncomfortable with you providing me with a video during the screening process. This opens up the possibility of a discrimination lawsuit. Then again, if you have any kind of online identity, I can probably get this information on you anyway simply by Googling you.

I wanted to see for myself how to create a resume like this, so I took about 30 minutes to pull together the Michele Martin social media resume. Mine is pretty basic, following the template that Bryan used. I also added a "Google Talk" button to the page so that people could contact me via Google Chat. Ideally I would have included an "Email to a friend" link, too, but I couldn't find a widget for that.

Honestly, the most difficult part of this process was actually writing the content. The technology part was pretty easy to do.

So what do you think? Is this the future? SHOULD it be the future? Might this be a way to better manage your online identity? Are you doing anything like this?



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Looks good, Michelle. This really appeals to me. Will get back to you about how I get on with doing something similar.


Thank you for the food for thought, I am a mid career professional finishing up my PR education and looking for work in Public Relations/Communications.

I found I am part of one giant herd competing for jobs here in Toronto and I need an edge to get the attention of potential employers.

So my question is how potential employers react to a resume/cv in this format versus the traditional word document?


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