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Interactive Resume

PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 5:05 pm
by US
Hello Forum Hubbers,
I've been a silent observer for quite sometime now. It has been a very useful forum for me and I'm sure for everybody else. I'm in the process of job search in companies. I've incorporated all the ideas and suggestions that I got from this website as well as others in builiding my resume and cover letters. So far there has not been any response what so ever, even when I e-mailed directly to scientist in companies. Recently I heard from somebdoy working in a biotech company that it might be useful to prepare an interactive resume to be noticed among the mutlitutde of applicants that they receive. I would like the opinion of gurus like Dave, Andy etc regarding this.
Your input is greatly appreciated.
Thanks in Advance,

Interactive Resume

PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 5:14 pm
by Dave Jensen
What exactly might you mean by this "interactive" resume . . . Whenever I get a PDF file, it drives me nuts, and I write that person and ask them to supply a standard WORD resume. You see, people in the employment business like HR staff generally use databases that use certain types of text files. It used to be that these would only be ASCII, but now most of these software suppliers import WORD resumes automatically. While it is still possible to import some PDF's, you can't modify the resume at all to put your company information on it, so it is often just unusable.

An interactive PDF would have hot links to scientific articles, your email address, etc. While this may have some value, going overboard with stuff like a Photo, etc, would be overkill. So -- you've got to walk a tightrope here. It's a bit like the old days, when certain resume books would tell you to have your resume printed up on mauve paper, so "you'd get noticed."

Yes, you'd get noticed, but what kind of person wants a mauve resume? Personally, back them I would have suggested just a plain ivory CV, and today I'd recommend just a darn good looking WORD document.

Dave Jensen, Moderator

Interactive Resume

PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 5:15 pm
by Kim
What is "Interactive Resume"? Is it a resume posted on a website with different cyber links? I have never heard this before.

Interactive Resume

PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 6:51 pm
by Andy

I'm of two minds on this issue; it's one I've thought about myself.

For the reasons Dave states, Word is the way to go. Anything other than standard issue carries some risk. However, if you can meet two conditions, I think that an interactive/multimedia resume COULD be a very positive thing for a job search. Some people won't like it no matter what, and they might be reason enough to stay to the old school ways. But, I'm intrigued by the idea and so . . .

Condition 1: You only send the interactive version to hiring managers or peers, not recruiters or HR or websites. These groups have very good reasons why they ask for certain formats.

Condition 2: Your interactive/multimedia resume is ABSOLUTELY SEAMLESS! And professional in all ways. No technology problems/bad links/anything else. In the words of Trent from Swingers it would have to be 100% "money."

Good luck and if you could post an example somewhere I'd love to take a look.

Best of luck,


Interactive Resume

PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 7:12 pm
by US
Andy, Dave and others,
Thanks for your replies!
My friend who applied for biotech jobs followed the interactive resume approach by creating a domain for himself and had posted an interactive multimedia resume. This person applied to mutliple companies with responses from very few. The most interesting thing is that he was able to land a job right after he finished his Ph.D. At the time of his application process, I had a look at his website and actually thought that he went overboard. Unfortunately his website is not active anymore for obvious reasons. But the point is that this person vouches that by hiring a professional to build this website actually helped him land a job. Thats why I'm curious to know if anybody had tried this route. I've applied to many places using the Word format and effective cover letters. I even dropped the names of people working in the companies whom I know personally although at the technician level. Nothing seems to work! I'm not discouraged, but I was wondering If I need to drastically change by approach. BTW, I've a PhD in Biochemistry with 3 yrs of Postdoc experience and good publication record.


Interactive Resume

PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 7:43 pm
by Kim
I remember (vaguely) seeing a website years ago from a company (based in Austin, Texas?) which promoted the idea of "interactive resume" to job seekers specifically for biotech. I hope your friend is not connected in anyway with this commerical venture.

Interactive Resume

PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 8:52 pm
by Bill L.
Hi US,

Haven't heard one thing for or against the interactive resume, and can only imagine that Andy is right - it must be seamless. But frankly, I can also imagine people who would find it difficult to navigate, in that they have a clear understanding of what, how and where to look for the most important information on a paper CV, and in your case, they might be at a loss as to how to get to the most relevant information quickly, and therefore might not bother.

On the other hand, that can also sound like I'm being anti-technology (Oh that "wheel" idea - it will never take on), when really, you might be on the cusp of something. That said, perhaps another way to think about it is the number of people who have landed jobs without the interactive resume (and the expense of one). Perhaps someone who has hired someone with an interactive resume could respond?

Bill L. & Naledi S.

Interactive Resume

PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 9:45 pm
by Kim
I have seen a website from a web hosting company which specializes in "interactive resume" for life science job seekers. It promotes the idea that it is the best way for life science job seekers to find jobs. Their business plan is that a job seeker pays regular fee (monthly/yearly) to the web hosting company. That web hosting company will host and manufacture the website (from template library) for job seekers.

It begins to sound like a sales pitch to me. The web hosting company certainly is trying to find a way to make profits from poor job seekers.

Interactive Resume

PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2005 12:14 am
by Dave Jensen
Yes, Kim is right. This is a sales pitch. On another forum I moderated, we had a discussion about this topic that turned out to be the company itself touting its services. It was determined by the posters at that site that the company was not right for the scientific market.

Let's not go any further on promoting a company which does this,

thanks, Dave

Interactive Resume

PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2005 8:38 pm
by Kevin Foley
I'm not sure if this qualifies as an "interactive resume", but it is free:

Community of Science: ?Identify experts and collaborators with COS Expertise: search among 500,000 profiles of researchers from 1,600 institutions throughout the world. Discover who's doing what -- current research activity, funding received, publications, patents, new positions and more.?

Posting your CV is free, and it includes hot links to your publications on PubMed. Anyone can read your CV if you give them the link, but in order to search the database your institution needs to have a subscription. This is not some sort of fly-by-night operation; a lot of famous researchers have their CV?s on this site. My postdoctoral mentor (an NAS member) actually uses it as his lab?s webpage.

I wouldn?t apply for a job using COS, but I often include the link in my e-mail signature (depending on who I?m e-mailing). I correspondence with all sorts of people as part of my job, and I consider this a low-level networking approach. If someone knows a bit about your background, they are more likely to remember you in the future when opportunities for collaborations, speaking engagements or jobs come up.