If you are a parent helping an adolescent get started on the first hunt for a job or internship, or if you know someone who is searching for a job right now, Business Insider has just published an unusual infographic to help you understand that a resume may not always be the best — or at least not the only — job seeker’s tool.
This infographic offers an overview of the personal characteristics that employers cannot discover just by reading resumes. Any individual who seeks a position in this day and age needs to think about how to expand a resume and more clearly demonstrate these additional traits to potential employers. These include:
- People skills
- Grace under pressure
- Work ethic
- Positive attitude
The main idea? “A person is a lot more than a resume,” so job seekers should identify ways to communicate more than what is on a paper resume.
Keep in mind that there are endless ways, in this 21st-century world — blogs, wikis, as well as many other digital tools — that can help a job seeker fashion a digital identity that demonstrates many of the above traits, and sharing this information is as simple as adding links to a resume.
This infographic also offers parents a great opportunity to mentor their young job seekers by discussing the need for positive digital footprints and carefully crafted digital identities.