Your Digital Resume isn’t Just a Word Document

By: Alexis Scaffidi

Thanks to the rise of social media, your “digital resume” is no longer just a word document you upload to LinkedIn or Career Builder.


Today, a digital or online resume is the culmination of everything that exists about you on the internet. This includes, you social media accounts, blogs or articles mentioning your name, website subscriptions, and anything else that’s visible to the public.  


Take for example, Warren Buffet. Many of you are familiar with his name, and if we were to look at his official online resume, you’d find things like…


  1. His net worth is $90.3 billion
  2. He is one of the greatest investors of all time
  3. He has given away close to $28 billion of his own money to charity
  4. He’s lived in the same house since 1958.
  5. He spends 80 percent of his time reading and rarely on social media


But his digital resume extends far beyond his paper accomplishments. You’ll also find articles about his enormous wealth, philanthropic activities, and his frugality when it comes to splurging on expensive items.


Now, let’s consider Bernie Madoff. Again, his paper resume would have been impressive. He was a super wealthy stockbroker and investment adviser who owned his own company and had a net worth of $17 billion as of June 2017. But if you look at his digital resume, you won’t find anything about his financial success. Instead, you’ll read about his $65 billion Ponzi scheme and a life-in-prison jail sentence. If Bernie Madoff wanted to get a job, he wouldn’t due to his online resume.


Your online resume helps people understand your educational and career accomplishments, as well as who you are as a person and what interests you. Today, people aren’t just assessing your paper resume, but your overall persona.


It’s worth taking the time to create a good paper resume, and a better digital resume.  If there’s something online that employers would consider less than appealing, take the time to get the content removed – either by yourself or with the help of a professional.

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