Recently, I read an article in CNN about the good old paper resume becoming obsolete and basically being replaced by media presentations and social networking sites. It talked about a hiring manager in NY who asked two potential hires to make a video about themselves and answer two basic job related questions… I found it a bit strange and frankly was sad. Not that I am an old timer, I’m up to speed with most social networking sites and media (Facebook, LinkedIn, You Tube, etc..) but still find "pride" behind a hand shake and handle my "old paper resume". What’s your take? Do you feel paper resumes are now a thing of the past?
Here’s a copy of the link in case you haven’t seen it: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/11/tech/social-media/facebook-jobs-resume/index.html?iref=allsearch
Paper resumes are how it’s done. Video is talked about, but is not gaining any traction. There is no evidence paper resumes will disappear in the next 10 years. Imagine this headline: Resumes continue to be used in 95% of companies. Not very exciting huh? Change – and frightening change for many people – makes news.
Resumes aren’t going away any time soon. Even if they did, because a meteorite hit the earth, it’s still useful for you to create a resume. It helps you work out how to cohesively describe your role – which bits are important and which bits are not. It helps you think about your accomplishments and why they are important.
If you send someone a link to your resume or bio on line, you’re hoping that the a) the site it up, b) it displays the same way on their computer as it does yours and c) no changes have been made to the format since you last looked.
It took 500 years for resumes to be created from verbal and letters of recommendation. Resumes are not going to be eliminated in the next 10.