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Asked by David on December 26, 2016

I have a number of friends who have created resume websites and seen some success doing it. What should I include in a resume website? Is there an advantage in having a traditional resume AND a non-traditional resume to accompany it?

Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on January 9, 2017

Hi there!  There are a lot of things you can create as part of the creation of your personal brand.  A resume website, a video resume, a traditional resume, a carefully complete LinkedIn Profile, a honed elevator pitch, business cards etc.

Whether or not any of these things are going to be successful depends on a number of factors.  So before you go all in, research the industry you are seeking employment in to try and discern what is going to make the most positive impact.  If you want a marketing, graphic design, advertising styled job, then creating a dynamic website that demonstrates your skills and showcases examples of your work in a one stop spot could be awesome!  If you are looking for a job where there is no demonstrable content and all the website includes is a version of your resume and how to contact you, then it might not be a good ratio of effort to impact.

If you are going to build it, make sure the content is relevant to the outcome you desire.  Make sure it is up to date all the time, works as it should and doesn't result in a negative impression. But also keep in mind, building a website doesn't result in a job without you putting in the time.  You will still need to network, make connections, apply to career sites and potentially information interview to get yourself the notice you need.

Best of luck!

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Answered by Cory, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on January 12, 2017

It really depends on the field, role, and company you're applying to. There is nothing wrong with traditional resumes, especially at traditional companies. Companies like start ups and media/ design may be more impressed by a resume website as it shows ingenuity and creativity. I'd take their culture and values into account when pursuing non traditional ways of getting noticed. Good luck!

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Answered by Claire, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on January 18, 2017

Hello! A resume website or online portfolio can certainly be impressive to a recruiter, especially if you are in a computer science, advertising or marketing field. If the website articulates your experience well, there is definitely an advantage to having one. Some things to include may be various projects, work experience, or relevant coursework that you have taken. You may also want to include a summary statement about yourself, explaining what jobs and industries you might be interested in working in and long term goals. 

Good luck! 

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Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on January 20, 2017

While I typically deal with more traditional resumes as a recruiter, I do think there is an advantage to anything, anywhere you are able to market yourself and your brand in an easy to find and organized fashion. Traditional resumes aren’t going anywhere, so my suggestion is to keep that updated and at the ready, but my opinion is there isn’t any harm in accompanying that resume with a non-traditional resume as well. Think of it this way, if the recruiter or hiring manager wants to view your traditional resume only, they have it and can do so. If they would then like to follow a link to a non-traditional resume and it impresses them, helps them to remember you, or they actually prefer this medium, then you’re doing nothing but helping yourself out! A few reminders though – if you’re going to provide both, always make sure they are updated and match. With the non-traditional resume, make sure you don’t go too conceptual and actually make it harder for someone to learn about you! Non-traditional is good, but make sure it’s still easy to access and find your info!

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