Today’s Tech Savvy Guest is Solomon Engel, founder & CEO of ResumeSponge. ResumeSponge is a Social Career Platform built to help people achieve success throughout their career and employment initiatives. It is designed for anyone seeking an innovative way to market themselves, stand out in the crowded job marketplace, discover and create compelling opportunities, collaborate more effectively with colleagues, classmates, business professionals, and drive results.
No matter how much experience you have, it’s still difficult to get a good job in today’s economy. Unfortunately, there are just too many people seeking employment and too few jobs.
Four years ago, I faced this problem first-hand. From fine tuning my resume and posting it to practically every known online job board in the country, to making continuous calls and following up with potential employers, I applied for every single job based on my experience. Yet, despite all efforts, the results were slim and I received very little feedback.
At that time, I realized my approach was based on the traditional way of seeking employment. I was practically following the same standards that most follow. This left me standing in the middle of a very crowded job marketplace. I knew I needed to do something different because the traditional methods just weren’t working.
Because resumes are solely based off in-line text, alone it doesn’t tell the whole story, and it is no way for a person to show off their finest attributes. This makes it easy for potential employers to overlook your abilities. Often dealing with time constraints and the immediacy of quickly filling a position, they are sifting through hundreds and sometimes thousands of other resumes. This shotgun approach usually keeps you lost in the shuffle, leaving you to be overlooked again and again.
With all these problems, I knew something different needed to be done for streamlining the traditional, very ineffective processes of employment. I set out to build a system that would fix these issues, and bring success to the people; this system is called ResumeSponge.
Today, ResumeSponge is a social career platform that helps people highlight their finest attributes by allowing them to elaborate on their expertise and professional work. It’s for anyone seeking an innovative way to market themselves, stand out in the crowded job marketplace, discover and create compelling opportunities, collaborate more effectively with colleagues, classmates, business professionals, and drive results.
For the first timers, students, job seekers, business professionals, or stay at home moms, entering the workforce isn’t always going to be easy. To get started, I would recommend deciding what types of opportunities you’re going to seek. This decision should be based on your current interests or areas of expertise. After you’ve done this, create an account on ResumeSponge.com. It’s free and very easy to get started. After creating your account, sign-in, click on the Edit Resume link located in the top left of the page.
Once you’re there, fill in all your experience and education information just as you would in a traditional resume, then upload everything you have that highlights the best of you. So for example, any work you may have created at a previous job or school such as a report or presentation, letters of recommendations you may have received, college degrees, certifications, transcripts, diplomas, professional videos you may have created, or photos you may have taken. Upload as much as you can, because the more qualities you can show of yourself, the more likely an employer can determine the qualities you posses, therefore making you far more attractive to any potential employer.
After building your profile, create a unique Public URL. The Public URL is a customized link that allows you to build your professional online presence. The link can be used when applying to jobs outside of the ResumeSponge system and it directs people to your profile. In fact, even if you are not seeking employment, this link allows you to use ResumeSponge as your online business card. Basically, when someone wants to learn more about you, give them your custom link, and they get to see all the best things you can offer.
To get started on ResumeSponge, click the link below to sign up: http://www.resumesponge.com/signup/signup.aspx
This guest post was provided by Solomon Engel. No compensation was received for this post. All images are courtesy of ResumeSponge.
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