Facebook Timelines And Your Professional Life

Have you upgraded your Facebook profile to Timeline yet? Given any consideration to how it looks to your colleagues or potential employers who may be looking at your digital tracks? Now is the time! Timeline is not yet mandatory but it will be soon, and it will automatically create a personal history for you based on past posts and connections. Basically Facebook is building a running chronology of major events in the lives of its users–including work.

I’ve never shared a lot about my professional life on Facebook (that’s what LinkedIn is for IMO), so for me Timeline as a resume makes no sense. But that doesn’t mean people aren’t looking at it anyway—we know recruiters use Facebook to connect with (aka spy on?) potential candidates. So if your resume says you were working as an actress in L.A. but your Timeline shows you were waiting tables in N.Y., you’re in trouble.

If you’re looking for a new way to package your professional past, there are plenty of ways that don’t involve dragging every job you’ve had into Facebook, and are dare I say better options:

  • Resumup-This site lets you create a visual timeline of your work history in a very sleek format that’s perfect for new media types.
  • The Presume-This mashup of presentation and resume is basically a visually fun representation of your work history tailored to the gig you’re after. There are lots of ways to build one, from PowerPoint to Prezi, and the only limitations are your imagination. This presume landed the creator a job at the company she used to create it!
  • VisualCV- This site creates a more traditional online resume ala LinkedIn, but with more embeddable options. 

These are just a few options to get the awesome details of your career out there in nontraditional ways. If you’re already using Facebook to job hunt, then keep it up and pimp your Timeline for all its worth. If you’re not, don’t let the arrival of this new feature force you into sharing more info than you’re comfortable with.

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