One of the culminating experiences for our degree program is the Professional Portfolio. From what I hear it is a quarter long class that helps the students prepare an online resume and portfolio of the projects accomplished during our degree track. A portfolio is a little more than a resume, but the concept does take us in the right direction. Participating in online education provides us with greater knowledge and skill when it comes to multimedia tools and communication. These do not translate very well to a text resume. Wouldn't it be great, instead of listing "redesigned website", to put a live link to the website?
I remembered that the Online MLIS discussion board from last year had a great thread about the portfolio project and included some links to ther students' sites and librarians' sites. John George gave this example. Tracy's site is visually interesting and organized with her social media networks prominently displayed.
This example came from a blog post the author wrote about creating multimedia resumes. Justin's resume is formatted like a traditional resume but with much more information that could possibly fit in 2 pages. He also includes important YouTube videos and links to professional blogs that are critical to his experiences and accomplishments.
I enjoy the resumes with links and a few embedded videos, but I really disliked the ones I saw with "interactive" videos. The first resume I viewed before writing this post I found through an article at www.msnbc.com. The resume felt over-produced and a little unnecessary. His answers to the questions felt canned and incredibly vague. I suppose it is divergence from the typical cover letter, and maybe experience will change my mind on that matter, but tonight
I am not sure if multimedia resumes are replacing traditional print, but they do provide a great supplement. This article from a few years ago mentions that these kinds of resumes are "great for networking" much like Linkedin. A colleague explained to me that multimedia resumes don't get considered until that candidate is in the final pool. Especially in jobs with hundreds of applicants, employers typically spend less than 20 seconds looking at a resume and cover letter.
Final thought: Multimedia resumes and portfolios are becoming more and more useful in this multimedia online environment, but you should still have a deftly edited single page traditional resume as backup.
There are a few websites and services out there that for multimedia resumes including http://firstdialog.com/home and http://www.visualcv.com/. I'll consider comparing those services in a future blog post.