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Facebook Timeline: Your New Resume?

Facebook’s new timeline format was rolled out so slowly that many folks don’t know that it even exists.  And while Facebook isn’t as dressed up for business as LinkedIn, the new format does allow for a much more resume-like feel.  It’s as though Facebook has embraced that sometimes uncomfortable line between private lives and employment and made it easier for everyone to brand themselves online whether it’s to get a job, further a career, or just plain look good to your friends and colleagues.

Whether or not you believe that Facebook’s new format is the resume for the 21st century, taking advantage of the format to boost your career or job hunt isn’t a bad idea.  The format allows you to use a slick graphic template to be eye catching but not overly designed.  You can also build on content that you already have and highlight past accomplishments.

There are also some greater controls for privacy settings which you should check out.   This is key to  keep the rest of the world from seeing past photos your college buddy decides to post.

Here are five quick tips for optimizing the format:

1.)  Think Horizontal:  for whatever reasons, the new format favors the use of a large, horizontally framed image.  There’s a great roundup of creative uses of the format at hongkiat.com here.

2.)  Edit About:  the most resume-like aspect of timeline is the About section.  Edit this with information about your current job and other positions you’ve held.  There’s room for educational information as well.

3.)  Quotes:  you can add in favorite quotations that are either famous or about you.  This is a chance to get more creative and communicate your outlook on the world.

4.)  Exclude stuff:  it’s probably best to not express your religious or political views.  If you do, you may want to just have those available to your family and friends. For some reason, Languages are lumped in with religious and political views.  This is probably something you should include as it’s, more often than not, an asset to a job.

5.) Tell Us About You:  it’s often overlooked, but there’s a section that simply lets you talk about yourself.  Write down a few sentences that sum up your aspirations, goals, and achievements.

Here are more articles that provide further tips for optimizing Facebook’s Timeline format :

http://ibrandstudio.com/articles/facebook-timeline-steps-self-marketing

http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2011/12/facebook-timeline-21st-century-resume.html

http://www.hrcommunication.com/Main/Articles/A_new_rsum_format_Facebook_Timeline_7689.aspx

http://www.mediabistro.com/mediajobsdaily/is-facebo ok-timeline-your-resume_b9533

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Tim McPherson

By Tim McPherson

Tim McPherson, President and COO for Nesco Resource, has over 27 years of experience in all facets of the Staffing Services Industry.

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