By Gerrit Hall
Your resume is an awesome tool. In your job search, you use your resume for just about everything. Between blindly submitting it to various companies and passing it along to a friend of a friend, your resume goes through a lot.
Your paper resume works hard already, but what about your online resume? You pass it out to potential employers, but how else do you use it? Simply having your resume online does wonders for your SEO (search engine optimization) by linking professional keywords to your overall brand.
Check out these four nifty online places your resume can live:
Your website or blog
If you're a savvy job seeker, you might have a personal website or blog where you can include your resume. Producing content, commentary, or news about an industry attracts recruiters like flies to honey, so why not provide the natural step of including your qualifications in an easy-to-access way?
A resume hosting platform
Did you know that there are sites out there that only post resumes? Yup. Linking to your resume on these sites is yet another way for you to share your skills, expertise, and other qualifications with employers and networking contacts. Check out sites like Lead You, Visual CV, and the RezScore Leaderboard for opportunities to show off your resume.
Social media profiles
If you have any online presence, then you probably already have a Facebook, Twitter, and/or LinkedIn account. While you aren't going to copy and paste your resume into the "About Me" section of your Facebook profile, you can include past employment information and "like" things related to your field or interests.
On Twitter? List your expertise in your Tweets and bio for a very unique "twesume".
Have you ever been away from your home computer and needed your resume? Whether it's brand new job listing or a networking opportunity, time is money. Waiting till you get back home might be too late. Email yourself a copy of your most up-to-date resume so that you can access it wherever you have Internet. If your email doesn't have unlimited storage, make a point of email your resume to yourself every month or so. Another handy place to keep your resume online is to upload it to Google Docs for easy access.
See also: 7 Things Your Resume Just Doesn't Need
What do you think? Where do you keep your online resume? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Gerrit Hall is the CEO and co-founder of RezScore, a free web application that reads, analyzes, and grades resumes – instantly. Gerrit has successfully combined his passion for computer science and the careers space by helping job seekers write the best resume possible. You can connect with Gerrit and RezScore on Facebook and Twitter.