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RIP Resumes? Not So Fast.

By Joan Andrews on February 21, 2013

So maybe you heard the rumor that resumes were a thing of the past. Maybe you heard that writing a resume is as passé as sending a letter via snail mail or reading a hard cover book.

As social media profiles continue to dominate trends in recruiting and job hunting, what is to become of the traditional resume? Right now, we can’t answer that. Just don’t be surprised if you apply for a job at an organization that tells you not to send your resume.

Consider Union Square Ventures – a New York venture-capital firm – which has invested in Twitter, Foursquare, Zynga and other applications. They tell you right away not to bother uploading your resume. Instead, they want you to share your LinkedIn profile and links to other sites where you have Web presence. They also request a short video demonstrating your interest in the position. Your written resume? Forget about it.

Many other tech and finance companies are going in the same direction. They don’t want stacks and stacks of resumes that may or may not tell them if you can do the job – depending on your prowess at writing compelling resumes. They’d rather tap into your Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or LinkedIn account to see what you’re really like.

Some companies such as take it even further and request applicants to do online surveys tailored to the position. The marketing company’s founder, John Fishcer, says a resume just won’t do the job anymore.

The resume has been around for a long time. Can it face possible extinction, too, because of technology?

If it dies, it will be a slow death. Although 91 percent of companies are using social media to recruit candidates, most hiring managers still want that resume – whether it is paper or electronic.

Not all technology companies are jumping on the ‘ban resume’ bandwagon either. Call it old fashioned if you like, but Google had an army of hundreds sifting through some two million resumes on its way to hiring 7,000 people in 2011.

Resumes are still the main currency at job fairs. And most hiring managers still like to be presented with that paper resume at the initial interview.

So keep the resumes coming. The RIP sign is yet to be made.

4 Responses to “RIP Resumes? Not So Fast.”

  1. Tim Snyder

    My thoughts:

    What a bunch of whooey. “Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or LinkedIn”? PLEASE! That’s confusing sourcing with recruiting. Covered in Staffing 101.

    Facebook: Great, now I know what you look like inebriated and your previous boyfriend had a personality disorder. Wonderful.

    Twitter: Yes, your “American Idol” hero is awesome. I’m thrilled for you.

    Flickr: I saw pix that I cannot erase from my memory. No matter how hard I try.

    LinkedIn: Displays of professional vanity and mutual admiration societies. But better than nothing.

    If someone has a facebook account, but no resume, which would you consider more? Sorry, I’m not drinking the CLOUDy kool-aid. Not yet.

    • Gwendolyn Washington

      Tim, I agree with you on this one. Also these new avenues may open some companies up to new lawsuits wrapped around hiring practices???

  2. Todd Lempicke

    Thanks Joan for that crystal clear assessment of the state of resumes in recruiting and job searching. The resume isn’t dying, it’s just being redefined. In fact, the resume business is booming! Get ready for some really interesting things ahead.

  3. Tamera

    This article is so much more grounded in reality than the one I read last week saying resumes were being replaced by social media. Social media has become yet another place to showcase the resume not replace it.


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