rumination: web presence addendums on a resumé?

I’m such a joiner, signing up for accounts across the spectrum of social media platforms, each time motivated by different objectives. I explore functionality, satiate curiosity, actively socialize, or simply squat my handle before someone else snags it. I had 28 profiles at last count, yet few of them see enough activity to be considered active.

Like brain crack, my best-laid plans would see these profiles folded into a larger (as of yet, undrafted) strategy for not only building my personal brand, but also for composing a virtual portfolio of my knowledge base, skill set, and interests. Sites like LinkedIn or Biznik already provide a template for users to network resumé-esqu profiles. But as more companies become wise to less business-centric social networking sites, from MySpace and Facebook to Twitter, they are including an investigation of prospective employees’ comprehensive web presence in their due diligence. This post by John R. Hopkins got me thinking … and has me still thinking … does it behoove the social media savvy job seeker to append their traditional resumé with a “reference list” of the sites where they maintain profiles?

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  1. #1 by johnrhopkins on July 31, 2008 - 1:54 pm

    I like that idea. I’m sure it isn’t commonplace now, but it won’t be long before HR people begin to see this sort of thing… or perhaps just a link to a aggregated profile like whoisi or friendfeed. Also, thanks for the link!

  2. #2 by Temple Stark on July 31, 2008 - 3:12 pm

    Did you see the “possibly related posts?” I think that answers the question. hahahaha.

    More seriously, it depends on what your blog is. If you put it on your resume you imply, at least to my mind, that you think it part of your professional oeuvre.

    It’s going to be found via Google anyway – if it’s under your name, like mine – so I always gutcheck my final post with that thought in mind.

    A list, heck no. A “I’m involved in social media” type line, perhaps and I’ve done it a couple of times. If the person knows what it is, bonus, something to talk about if they want; if they don’t no skin off anyone’s nose.

    – Temple

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