It’s a terrible economy out there, and job hunters are plentiful. Everyone is searching for ways to stand out from the rest of the unemployed.
So how about online resume’ sites, those Web sites promising to create an electronic version of your resume’, tricked out with video, pictures and whatever else you’d like to throw on them? Maybe you’d be better off sticking to pen and paper.
According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, the online resume’ sites don’t quite measure up. The Journal tested four popular sites, Doodlebit, WebResumePlace, InteractiveResumeServices and VisualCV. Fees for the sites range from nothing (I like that one!) to $69 a month.
Unfortunately, the Journal found that all of the sites save for VisualCV produced resume’s that were tacky. A career coach that assisted the Journal in testing the sites, said that the resume’s most of them created would turn off most hiring personnel.
It seems that, for once, traditional pen and paper media trump the latest in technology. If you’re looking for a job, send out that paper resume’. Leave the high-tech stuff to those folks who don’t want to impress their future bosses.