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The Online Resume: A Window into One’s Soul? [By Mary Waldron] I have said it once, and I am going to say it again: technology has given many of today’s job seekers the misconception that a good old-fashioned hard copy resume is way too old school. As a result, many candidates are sending employers links to their personal webpages, which happen to showcase their resumes, revealing perhaps too much information, if you catch my drift.

In many professional fields, it is a good idea

you do not care, people are naturally biased,

under the “interests” heading, “smokin’

to have a site that employers can visit to

which means this extra information could

blunts, shooting people, and obsessive sex.”

check out your work-but law is not one of

help you or put you at a disadvantage. Your

Although the applicant was obviously trying

them. This method of personal promotion

choice of friends-your “top eight”-might even

to reach that oh-so-clever level of shock

is primarily for those based in arts and

play a part in the employer’s decision. If you

value that can only be found on such sites,

entertainment. Subjecting a legal employer

have eight half-naked porn stars in your top

it cost him the employment opportunity. He

to a personal website will trap you on thin

friends section, chances are the employer is

was “done.” And the employer who looked

ice, teetering on the possibility that the

going to notice that. Similarly, he or she may

him up is only one of many who are lurking

employer will get annoyed or turned off at

not enjoy the drunken photos of you and your

about; who knows, maybe you did not land

any given moment. Now, is that really what

girls partying it up in Rosarito.

your last job opportunity because of your MySpace page.

you want? Then there are my personal favorites: the Personal websites can be fun. It’s exciting

obscene and offensive photos and graphics

With statistics showing that at least 50%

when you find that perfect Bon Jovi song and

that friends randomly post on each other’s

of all employers regularly do background

the electric blue and black flame background

pages. And let’s not forget that the ranting

checks and as the popularity of social

that captures the true essence of your

blogs describing how your boyfriend cheated

networking sites grows, it is worth it to

soul. Though you may not understand why

on you with his ex and how you are slowly

watch out. In an article in last August’s

anyone in his or her right mind would not

“moving on” could also be detrimental (and

Entrepreneur Magazine, Tim DeMello,

enjoy viewing your resume with “Living on

make you seem neurotic). Most employers

founder and CEO of Ziggs, stated it perfectly

a Prayer” blaring through the computer

don’t want to know too much about

when he said, “You are what you post.” So

speakers, visiting these sites can actually

candidates’ personal lives because, when

before you send out any more resumes to

make employers feel strange and awkward.

it comes down to it, they need to remain as

law firms, you might want to remove that

One anonymous employer said that he was

objective as possible in order to find people

huge marijuana leaf background from your

actually enjoying an online resume submitted

who are truly qualified. They do not want

MySpace page.

by an applicant when he accidentally

their hatred for your all-time favorite band,

stumbled upon the candidate’s wedding

Cheap Trick, and knowledge of your weekend

Online resumes can be great assets when

photos, which gave him an uncomfortable

party habits to throw off their decisions.

it comes to featuring your talents and

and confusing feeling. Although this glimpse

attributes-but only if you are an artist, actor,

into the candidate’s love life ultimately did

Right about now, you may be thinking,

writer, or designer of some sort. Otherwise,

not prevent the employer from offering him

“Ha! You think I’m stupid enough to send

keep your wedding photos and theme songs

the job opportunity, it definitely did not help

someone a link to my MySpace page?” Well,

under wraps. Allow employers to fully

him in any way.

you’d better put that baby on private ASAP

experience your resume and get a sense

because now, more than ever, employers

of what you can offer to their companies

Links to social networking sites like

are regularly searching MySpace and Google

without subjecting them to unnecessary

MySpace, Friendster, and Facebook are

to see what their applicants are really up

photos and graphics. In the end, you will

even bigger no-nos. MySpace, for instance,

to. According to an article in The New York

eliminate your chances for humiliation and

highlights your sexual orientation, vices,

Times, one employer looked up a “promising” graduate’s Facebook page, which read,

boost your chances of getting hired.

and religion. As I have said before, even if

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The Online Resume: A Window into One's Soul?