The ranks of unemployed baby boomers are rapidly swelling, as businesses shed older workers through downsizing and attrition programs. (Some of these “attrition” programs are probably age discrimination programs.) Many of these out of work boomers are professional and white collar workers. Finding a new job can be tedious and expensive.
The Virtual Resume
First, a company called VirtualCV has created a website that allows you to promote your work credentials online by creating – for free – a “virtual” resume. These are not ordinary resumes. You can supplement the usual employment and personal history information with multimedia content that displays your actual work product or that highlights a particular skill. These can be videos, charts, artwork, you name it. (Examples of actual Virtual resumes for professionals in different fields can be seen at the site. I recommend that you take a look – they are impressive.)
Also, the VirtualCV allows you to link directly to previous employers and to your references. This allows a prospective employer to quickly verify your information and check references, without leaving your CV page.
If you have other social networking pages, e.g., at LinkedIn or Facebook, you can link to those as well.
A number of different employers have already joined VIrtualCV by posting their own hiring resumes. You can seek out opportunities with these companies online and instantly submit your VIrtualCV to them.
Bottom line: The VirtualCV allows you to put your full personality and portfolio of work in front of prospective employers, instantly and at no cost to you or to your employer. Imagine the potential benefit of linking to your VIrtualCV.
Online Job Fairs
By the way, VirtualCV has teamed up with eJobFair to offer electronic job fairs. The first job fair is on February 3, 2009. It is an IT/Technology Job Fair. There no doubt will be others because of the tremendous cost and convenience benefits.
If you are baby boomer looking for a professional or white collar position, the Virtual CV strategy probably should be on your list. Just be creative in how you use it. Good luck.
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