The traditional resume is dead. It’s a terrible representation of someone's actual qualifications and skills, and the reality is that they aren’t updated regularly. Today's recruiters aren’t just combing through stacks of paper—instead, they are using social media, which is much faster and much more efficient than any other method. Related: The Future Of The Resume What this means is that social recruiting is the new norm. Instead of relying on old-guard application processes that are just as tedious as they are time-consuming, hiring managers are actively using readily accessible social recruiting tools to find qualified candidates and best talent.
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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the future of the resume. To be blunt, the traditional paper resume is under attack on many fronts from its digital cousin. Tools like Linkedin, about.me, Vizify and even my own company’s social resume platform can, in many cases, replace the paper resume altogether. But to be realistic, the hiring world still runs on the paper resume. All the applicant tracking systems require you to upload one and it's still the best way to show the chronological order of your past experience. And to my knowledge there have never been as many resume writers as there are today. Something is keeping them in business. I’m not sure when it started but in the past few years I have detected signs that the traditional way of applying is changing. If you think about it, your paper resume is what you did but your social resume is who you are - companies want to know what you are like in real life. So it makes sense that your social resume will play a part at some point in the hiring process. By reading your tweets and other posts it gives them a sense of your character. As proof of your social media accounts being favored over the traditional resume, I’d like to offer the following stories and examples.
What will the resume of the future look like? According to a report by the Career Thoughts Leaders Consortium, the resume, as we know it now, is not likely to exist in the future. Some believe that the resume will be replaced by a social media profile such as LinkedIn. Yet others believe that if the resume does survive, it will be very short and concise, possibly even suitable for a 140 character tweet.
To succeed in today’s complex, information overloaded, constantly changing world, career success (including job seeking) depends on multiple skills - communications and problem-solving, for example. But there’s another skill set, less discussed, that can become a critical factor in a person’s career success – FUTURING. The importance of futuring skills as a key competency has been recognized by professional organizations like the World Future Society and the Society for Human Resources Management. The goal of this article is to focus on three specific examples of futuring skills for career success.