Did you know that only 1% of resumes actually lead to a job offer? Related: The Google Job Search: Is It Time To Dump The Traditional Resume? The reason why is simple... people are bored. Recruiters and HR pro’s are sick and tired of seeing the same boring, templated resumes and cover letters... In fact, they’re dying for you to express your passions, strengths and desires in some authentic, creative way. We all go through school and are taught the exact same thing about finding a job… Put together a resume, tweak your cover letter a bit, and send off slightly tweaked versions to as many people as possible. So, it’s no wonder that only 1% of traditional resumes lead to a job offer... everyone’s doing the same thing! And employers, especially the best ones, are tired of seeing it.
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I recently read that Richard N. Bolles, the guy who wrote the famous career book, What Color is your Parachute?, supposedly said that “Google is your new resume.” (I don’t know if he really said this as I was only reading a third party source referring to him). Related: How To Use Google+ To Kickstart Your Job Search Be it as it may, it poses a very interesting question for all career seekers: Is the resume about to be outdated and should you put more effort into social media instead? My straight answer: yes and no.