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.
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.
- Vala Afshar, the Chief Marketing Officer of Boston based Enterasys hired someone in marketing by making them apply via Twitter. He didn’t ask for a resume, instead the candidates had to submit their social media links including their Klout score.
- No Resume Required. The news blog Business Insider sometimes posts jobs requiring only a Linkedin profile and some writing samples. [link]
- People are blogging for jobs. You can set up a personal blog and invite potential employers to contact you.
- Social is trending. A recent study by Jobvite claims that candidates found through social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are more likely to be hired.
- Companies like Shiftgig & JobOn are already storing your work history in the cloud.
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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.
How Does That Affect Me?Currently, a resume is still needed; however, a LinkedIn profile is also becoming an essential tool for the job seeker. Social media is not a just a fad, it is here to stay. More and more recruiters depend on the information in LinkedIn to help them make a decision on whether to interview a candidate. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, start now to build one. If you do have a profile, review it to make sure it ranks 100% complete and that it is well written. LinkedIn really allows you to showcase your skills.
The Trend For Resumes Is To Be Short And ConciseA survey of recruiters on LinkedIn revealed an overwhelming preference for shorter resumes (1-2 pages). Some experienced professionals believe they have too much experience to fit into two pages but this is a mistake. A long resume turns off many recruiters. Take the time to edit your resume to include only the most essential ingredients. On the opposite side, some job seekers think they are required to have a two-page resume. If you don’t have a lot of work experience yet, it is perfectly acceptable to have a one page resume. Again, unnecessary information will turn off many recruiters.
Don’t Get Left BehindPrepare now by investing your time in what is trending now - concise resumes and well written LinkedIn profiles. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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.
“All the available information means people have to work harder to consume it, categorizing information, sorting facts from opinion, and putting everything into context. Unless we take the time to do that, and have the skills to do it well, we could actually be less knowledgeable.”
(Ron Ashkenas, Harvard Business Review)Multiple skills are called for here but the “futuring” component involves the need for a process to become aware and monitor the “things you should be looking for…” Futurist Joel Barker developed a process, called T.I.P.S. Tracking (Trends, Innovations, Paradigm Shifts). The process enables individuals to focus, organize, and interrogate important information. The organizing component is driven by software (Scoop.It) that any job seeker can access for free to organize – and share – information relevant to their career field of interest. I use the T.I.P.S. Tracking process to organize, share, and evaluate key information for career work. This empowers me to monitor several sources of career information, with automated searching for keywords like resumes, interviewing, and then select (and comment if desired) only those items that I think meet the criteria I’ve created for more hard-hitting career advice.
Scouting The FutureIt’s pretty standard advice for job seekers to have support, from someone reviewing resumes to coaching for interviews. But futuring a skill takes it further and involves learning the value of scouting – a time honored skill that recognizes the importance of looking over the horizon. Improving these skills for career success ensures you'll be ready for whatever lies ahead in your profession(s). Learning guru Elliott Masie called on his followers to draft five scouts – and meet with each them once a month. He suggested scouts from a generation older, a generation younger, technology, global, and faith. Good career advice would suggest that every person seeking career success, identify at least five different areas where having someone scouting and reporting on important topics from different perspectives would be valuable. Using T.I.P.S. Tracking, particularly the Scoop.It platform mentioned above, allows me to “follow” the information begin generated from key people I know, my scouts, professionals in particular fields, or specific topics. Focused, important information is directly tied to my needs.
A Formal Scouting ProcessThink for a moment of the value of having better information about the future based on the characteristics of scouting. The scouts who worked with the wagon trains in the old west:
- Were fast. Slow scouts provide information too late to be useful.
- Sought quality, not quantity. Surveyors went later to get the detail on selected areas
- Sampled. In today’s world, if you try and cover everything, you’ll never act.
- Mapped. Scouts present information in an organized way.