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What You Need To Get Hired (Hint: It’s Not A Resume)

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If you didn’t already get the memo: A resume isn’t enough to guarantee you success in getting an internship or j-o-b. You need a personal website.

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Get this, nearly 70% of the people doing the hiring for jobs say that a personal website, like a free about.me page, gives them more insight on a job applicant than just a resume alone.

I’m not making this up. This news is from a big survey of human resource professionals, the people that hire college students like you, conducted by the research firm Research Now for Domain.ME.

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Here’s what you need to know and do:

1. A personal page + resume = a job. If you’re looking for a job, include your about.me link on your resume and in your email signature. This combination will help you stand out in the crowd.

2. Show off what makes you awesome. Nearly 70% of human resources professionals are looking for qualities that they can’t find on a resume (i.e., your hobbies, travels, passions, etc.) when hiring. 

Read more: The 5 Things You Can’t Put on a Resume (But Wish You Could)

3. Feature this on your page: Highlight your volunteer and nonprofit activities; published articles; references; portfolio samples; and, awards and honors. Almost 75% of survey respondents said that a personal website demonstrates creative and ambition.

4. Red flags: More than 60% of recruiters said that an online presence helps them identify “red flags.” “Red flags” are those things that will keep you from getting a job. (Hint: Google your name right now. Are you happy with the results?)

5. This will eliminate you: Risqué Photographs was the number one “red flag,” according to more than 70% of the survey respondents. If you use inappropriate language or curse online, 65% of survey respondents said that this can take you out of consideration for a job.

To help you get hired during your job or internship search, check out the below infographic.

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Antonio Neves is the author of '50 Things Every College Student Should Know.' He is a graduate of Western Michigan University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.