“THE RESUME IS DEAD!”: a startling recent statement for those in the business of recruiting or job-hunting. Resumes offer a structured and standardized way for employers to review candidates quickly, so how could they be…dead?
Insider note: the resume is NOT dead. However, the job search and recruiting landscapes are changing quickly, so take heed, my friend.
What IS dying? Traditional (read: functional, listing responsibilities and duties) resumes. They’re not dimensional enough to capture your full range of skills, experiences, and potential contributions.
Think of your resume as one of several touchpoints in the universe of you, including:
- Your digital presence. 0nline platforms, notably LinkedIn (but also personal websites and professional social media profiles) give you the ability to showcase your professional identity (think 3D vs flat file).
- Your skills-based resume. Companies are increasingly focusing on specific skills and competencies. Rather than listing formal qualifications and job titles, use a skills-based resume (ie. problem + solution you implemented = results you/your team(s) achieved)
It’s not only what you know, but how you use what you know.
- Your soft skills. In our rapidly-changing world, soft skills like communication, collaboration and adaptability are exponentially important. Traditional resumes fall short in capturing them. Here’s where you can showcase those: ask for LinkedIn recommendations from those who have benefited from your great soft skills. Referrals, too, can be essential in helping a prospective employer understand and appreciate the qualities you possess.
- Your network. Your fanbase, meaning those who’ve worked alongside, with, or for you. Invaluable in bird-dogging new opportunities and raving about you and your accomplishments, your network is perhaps your most-valuable professional resource.
- Your professional brand. You know who you are, what you’ve accomplished, what you’re capable of. You’re a lighthouse, not afraid to niche down or to not be all things to all people. You’re authentic and it shows. Big time.
While some are suggesting a shift away from the resume, it’s critical to understand that resumes still play a key role in the hiring process. I’ve seen referred candidates get interviewed before that candidate has submitted a resume or applied to a job. But somewhere along the way, a resume is always required, I promise.
Ultimately, the resume is still a cornerstone of a job search. These days, it’s enlivened with your skills and accomplishments, and enhanced by your online presence.
Struggling to capture your skills and accomplishments on a few sheets of paper? Using my recruiting experience, I help technology leaders better-define their professional brand.
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