If you ask Google what the future of Resumes look like, you will get a few different perspectives on the subject. This post is one more contribution towards predicting the future of, currently, one of the most important documents in the world of recruitment. So, what will the future look like for a document that is supposed to help us stand out to our potential employers? In fact, a more important question is – How will the current resume fare in the era of social media, amongst an ever growing pool of Resumes – ahem – candidates?
Is the future of “The Resume” a bleak one?
Whilst there is no doubt that the context of “The Resume” is rapidly changing, I don’t think that the paper résumé is going to disappear anytime soon – sigh! Unfortunately, we can’t make the paper resume disappear from the standard recruitment process (at least not anytime soon), but here are some considerations you should make before sending your Resume to a prospective employer next time around:
– Is the business sector you’re looking to work in traditional or more on the innovative side?
– Are you an experienced or a novice candidate?
Traditional businesses will definitely give a greater importance to the customary Resume. Also, if you are an experienced candidate having a Resume will be very useful in giving your prospective employer an overview of your professional history and evolution. Moreover, a Resume is still considered to be a good tool by hiring managers while conducting job interviews.
However, things look quite different if you look from a Millennial’s perspective. In today’s job market, which is now truly a global market, applying for a job anywhere in the world is only a matter of a few clicks. And, with the ever expanding web of information (the internet), the traditional Resume may not remain as effective a tool for the internet-savvy employers to learn about you, the candidate. In this age of the social media, it is very important to know how to present yourself over different social platforms. Things that didn’t use to matter previously are now indispensable, such as how you connect with a prospective employer and how to get noticed as a valuable candidate online.
So, how to control what your social media presence says about you?
First of all, you need to build a solid expertise profile on a professional networking platform, such as LinkedIn or Plaxo. You need to choose carefully as different platforms attract different groups of people and employers.
One major game changer with these professional networking platforms is the ability to create a living and breathing Resume. These platforms enable people, such as previous employers and colleagues, collaborate to enrich your professional profile thus making you more desirable.
As for the other social media platforms, even if they are for personal use, what you post online says a lot about your personality and how you conduct yourself. Please keep in mind that it is now a common practice for businesses to check individuals online. And, if employers find anything unpleasant on your social profiles, it can make their decision (not to hire you) extremely easy.
To put this into further perspective, I would like to share a personal experience. A couple of years ago, I was looking for preschools for my daughter. We inspected this newly built primary school and absolutely loved it. It appeared to be very cozy and the school director was just amazing. When we got home, I Googled my daughter’s prospective teacher out of curiosity. Surprisingly, I found some racist remarks he had made on one of his social media accounts on a drunken night 2 years ago. That made my decision very easy! Even though, it may have been his past, it was out there and it was ugly. I never looked back.
This incident illustrates how careful you need to be with what you post online. Whatever you post online is a part of your persona, both personal and professional, and it is as important as a Resume, if not more.
And how do you connect with your prospective employer?
First things first, focus, research and pay attention to the needs of your employer’s business. Whether you approach the employer first or otherwise, respond appropriately while demonstrating your skills and expertise. In a lot of cases, your first contact with an employer will be through your cover letter (in whichever format it may be). Therefore, a cover letter is your golden opportunity to stand out. Your paper Resume or your online professional profile will then get “the ball moving”.
In conclusion, while keeping a short and informative Resume is still important, you need to invest in a strong and honest presence online. At the same time, keep finding creative ways to connect with your potential employers.
What’s your take on the effectiveness of “The Resume” as we know it today?