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Linking to online profiles and personal websites
With the growth of social media, blogs, and personal webpages, it is now becoming more common to see these links on resumes. Webpage portfolios, LinkedIn profiles, and blogs have the capacity to showcase more about who you are and the type of work you have done.
Some professionals believe links can enhance a resume by allowing a potential employer to go online and find out more about a candidate. However, there are some drawbacks to putting these links on your resume, especially if your webpage or profile is not polished and professional.
Here are a few things to consider.
- Webpage portfolios are great for showcasing your work, especially if you are in a technical or creative industry. They can be especially beneficial for college graduates and entry-level job hunters who may not have the work experience to prove their abilities.
- Blogs are another way to highlight your personality and expertise. They are a good alternative for those whose careers may not produce actual physical work samples to showcase. However, keep in mind that blogs are very opinion-oriented and can open you up to negative comments or feedback that potential employers can read.
- Online professional profiles, such as LinkedIn, offer the advantages of highlighting your expertise, posting related links, and offering recommendations from colleagues all conveniently located in one spot. However, you should once again consider that the social interactive nature of profiles makes it difficult to control all of the content on your page, which may make you vulnerable to content you would not like a potential employer to read.
- Online social media sites like Twitter and Facebook should only be linked if you use them for professional branding and networking rather than for personal social interaction. Also, if you do not have much of a following on these sites, it will not be advantageous to include them. Only a professional profile with a strong following will portray you as an expert in your field.
- Maintain an updated, professional, and polished site if you are going to use one of these links on your resume. Make sure all content is grammatically correct. Create design and formatting that is professional and appealing. Remove all content that may be considered personal and/or inappropriate in nature.
- Photos are commonly expected on profile sites and are a great advantage for potential employers; however, they may make you vulnerable to discrimination based on your physical appearance.