The circle of networking should not be limited to the people who have been working for the same employer. I have also seen many vendors recommending a person from their previous clients to their new clients. This creates a win win situation for everyone; the person has got a better job; the new client has got an experience resource for their up coming project and last the vendor is happy, as he has already worked with that person on a successful project.
@Sara - I'm curious to know myself because my gut says it is more acceptable for more "creative" type of positions - those in graphic design, art, enterainment, and fields of that nature. But I love the idea not only of the graphic but of getting away from the bloated, verbose resumes that many people either steal from job descriptions on Monster/CB/etc. or have written for them by prof resume writers. I'll report back at a later date...
@vnewman Wow... I wonder if employers would look at the "me as an infographic" resume and think "OOOooo that's cool and helpful" or would they think "that's a cheap gimmick." Let us know what kind of response you get if you follow through with that plan.
@kstaron I think that a lot of it seems like cover letter stuff too, but unfortunately there are some companies that aren't even taking cover letters anymore. When I was last on the job hunt, there were lots of places that would only accept resumes through their Web portal, and you couldn't submit an attachment, you just had to fill out the form as they presented it. There was no opportunity for a cover letter. And these weren't for entry-level positions, mind you. These were senior positions, and yet the process had still been so de-humanized.
@Technocrat One tricky thing is when you are looking for a new job simply because things aren't going well at the one you're currently in -- how do you explain all you've accomplished if you feel like you haven't been able to accomplish much? I think that the higher you rise in your career, the more likely it is that you'll have that quandary.
@vnewman: I love the "Me as an Infographic" idea. It would certainly set you apart from the competition. I've got to try that out too.
The resume practices and expectations have certainly changed in the era of social media. We have to assume that our social profiles are being checked out by prospective employers (and recruiters), possibly even before our official resume hits their in-boxes.
The new business environment really forces us all to think about how we're "branding" ourselves at all times, and not just when we're looking to win a specific job.
Some of these tips seem more like cover letter material, which is where I typically put the branding, personality and such when looking for work. I start by telling them why they need me, not just someone with the previous experience they are looking for. I even included comments I'd received from clients and work associates that helps build their trust in what I can do. My resume is still a fairly straight forward list of what I've done, where I've done it, and for how long. All of these tips are good, and not just for potential CIO's
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