It’s still important to have a professional paper resume, but the trend is turning toward online multimedia resumes.
Paper resumes are flat, one-dimensional representations of candidates and often do a poor job expressing the breadth of their work history. Multimedia resumes let you provide links to your work and even upload photos — sort of like an online portfolio. (J-School students, you know what I’m talking about.)
VisualCV (with CV standing for curriculum vita) is a great and easy site to get your multimedia resume going. When you’re finished, you have a nice link to include in your e-mail signature and to send employers who want to see samples of your work.
A word of caution: VisualCVs are a wonderful addition to your arsenal of career collateral, but you should make sure your paper resume and LinkedIn presence are up to snuff before you pour time and energy into them.
I haven’t created a VisualCV yet, but it’s on my to-do-soon list. I’ll post a link when it’s done.