Digital Resumes and the Writer

My big sis called this morning.  She’s going through grad school and calls every once in a while to use me as a sounding board.  This arrangement is fine with me as long as she cuts her diploma in half and I can hang part of it on my wall.  Not to mention talking business trumps our childhood relationship when she used me as a punching bag, like all good big sisters do.

“So,” says Big Sis.  “I have to create a visual resume.”

“A what?”  Yeah, even though I’m online nearly every day and actually write a random resume or two for clients, I’d never heard of the digital resume until today.

Some online sleuthing taught me quickly that the digital resume can vary from a slide show type advertisement to a high-end, website looking page.

My brain instantly translated this to the world of writing–and sure enough, some astute writers have their digital resumes complete–and how exactly an aspiring/professional writer can utilize this technology.

So, my dear writerly friends, have you heard of visual/digital resume before?  If so, in what context?  How does this technology impact you and your potential marketing of a) you as a writer/speaker and b) your books/projects/products?

And to any peeps regardless of background: what’s the buzz in your world regarding digital resumes?  Do you think they are superior to paper?  Do explain.

Inquiring minds really, really, really want to know!

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4 responses to “Digital Resumes and the Writer

  1. I forgot about these! I had to make a digital résumé for my technical/professional writing class in college. It was one of those fancy website ones. It was a fun project, and I think it can be very useful. I don’t know if one is superior than the other; they’re just different. I suppose the paper one is “old fashioned” but the digital résumé would appeal to those on hiring committees who just want to take their iPhone or Blackberry on the go and not have to bother carrying around papers.

  2. Please check this post on professionalism…
    http://booklifenow.com/2011/05/against-professionalism/
    And I would like to add the words of wisdom of a young man (in his 20s) way wiser than his years:
    “Never use someone else’s process word for word. It’s your process; it’s what’s in you! “Follow this guy’s process and use this colored paper” – never do that! Never take advice that sounds like instructions. If youw ant to do that, buy a coloring book. Be your own creative.”
    – Max Landis (filmmaker son of John Landis)
    I totally agree with him on that! 🙂
    (hope I don’t end up blocked by Akismet because of my link…)
    Happy writing!

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