Last weekend, I went to the Social Learning Summit at American University. In short, it was a social media conference. I had a blast! There's something so great about being in an environment where everyone is into the same type of thing as you!!! Everyone's techy and nerdy and totally into social media... it's fun. We walked in and were instantly encouraged to check in to the event using FourSquare. Instant fans.
Allen and me in between a panel.... I mean, hello, we're matching!
I was on a panel! I always get a little nervous about speaking "live." I'm used to being able to delete text, rearrange sentences, and edit in general. (Also, I'm totally guilty of mispronouncing words!!!) You know you're at a nerdy (in the best possible way) social media conference where you're encouraged to tweet and speak simultaneously!
Action shot courtesy of Gabbi! I had a lot of fun.
Of course, I learned a ton at the conference. I was learning about new apps and new ways to use apps I already use. I had my iPad with me and was trying to keep up by pulling up websites and bookmarking them as speakers mentioned them.
If I had to share just one takeaway from the conference, it would be about résumés in a digital age. Obviously, you should be on LinkedIn and utilizing the various tools/resources on there. But someone on the panel (a new friend, in fact... we bonded over cats) suggested having a digital résumé. She made hers on Pinterest.... but I've had an ongoing one that I use as a supplement to my regular résumé! I use a simple format on Tumblr and use it collect articles, interviews, and various "portfolio" pieces.
While she was speaking, I sent her an Instagram of mine! (When I tell you that this conference was HIGH on social media... I mean it!)
Whatever platform you use, I think having a digital portfolio of sorts is a great way to have everything linked together in one place. Employers can click directly to your work!
While we're on the subject of résumés......... should you or shouldn't you include your blog. I've been reviewing applications that we got for Sweet Lemon through LinkedIn. Some people linked their blogs, and while it seems great, it's just actually not that great.
Here's my opinion, and it's obviously not expert by any means... if you're curious about what you should do, definitely speak with a career counselor!
If your blog is more personal, don't include the actual URL... but you might want to add under "Skills" or something about how you know how to use Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad, or whatever. You can say that you're into social media and know how to use it without having to include your blog.
If you want to include your blog, or plan on including your blog... make sure the content will HELP you and not HURT you. If it's filled with images pulled from Pinterest, you're not actually showing what you can do! If you have pictures from sorority socials with costumes frequently on the blog, take them down. Another thing to be wary of is infrequent posting. A couple of applications had blogs that had been inactive for a month and others had posts super sporadically.
Of course, blogging can (and should be) fun. But if you're using it in a professional sense, don't let it hurt your chances of getting the job!
What are your thoughts on digital résumés and including blogs?
PS Don't assume that because you didn't include a blog URL that the employer will never see it!