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The Resume is Dying. (Or is it?)



The professional resume or CV, as we know it, has been evolving for hundreds of years. First thought by some to have been invented by Leonardo De Vinci, it has morphed from over the centuries from handwritten letters of introduction, to napkin scribbles, to formal biographical outlines, to structured work history timelines and creative infographics.  [Read more on The 500-Year Evolution Of The Resume from Business Insider]

But as we continue to introduce technology into the recruitment process with parsing systems breaking down applicants into keywords and numbers, the trend of video resumes and digital profiles have brought back a humanizing aspect of the job interview process with candidates trying to find a way to stand out among the competition.

As companies become more comfortable with technology, many are experimenting with allowing different forms of virtual introduction to the job seeker, some welcoming the change, while others are resistant, preferring the tried and true methods of applicant screening they’re used to.

Video resumes aren’t new, however.  With the invention of the VHS, video portfolios had become popular at one point and virtual resumes and introductions have been gaining popularity as webcams, computers, and mobile technology have become less expensive and attainable to the everyday person.

Virtual resumes offer the chance to give some life and personality back to the application process, but they can also be doomed to fail and can live in infamy as was seen with a 2006 video by Yale student Aleksey Vayner called “Impossible Is Nothing.” Just like a traditional resume a video resume can work against an applicant.

But, there are also many stories of how job seekers have landed opportunities they would have otherwise been looked over for had they not sent in a video resume.  And, virtual resumes have been trending once again with recruiters and career coaches advising job seekers how to go about making the shift to land a job.  While job seekers might try it, it’s still ultimately an employer’s decision to accept the virtual introduction.  There’s still a chance that like a traditional resume, it will never see the light of day.

What do you think?  Are virtual resumes just a trend or will they replace the traditional (paper or digital) resume?  Is the traditional resume as we know it here to stick around as it has for decades because it’s tried and true or do we need to make the recruitment process align with where technology is headed?

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Robin L. Rayburn is the Editor & General Manager of Interviewing.com. Robin was introduced to the recruitment industry in 2007 and her passion for people has never let her stray far from it since. In her spare time she manages her blog, RestlessPillow.com, tweets from @interviewingcom and @chitowntexan, and is always striving to help those around her who have a vision for success. You can also find Robin on LinkedIn and Google+.

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4 comments
Wendy Steele
Wendy Steele

Great article Robin!  I definitely believe in using a combination of traditional and non-traditional resume methods. I don't think the resume is dying, but In the seven years we've been in business (and in the over 20 years I've been writing resumes) I've seen the paper resume switch to primarily something you take to the interviews. LinkedIn profiles, which we've been getting a lot of requests for in the past year have become increasingly popular! I've even heard some clients say that their profile landed them interviews and job offers. The hiring manager never even looked at their actual resume. Graphic Designers, those in marketing, animation, etc... have websites that show their work and resume too. So yes, I agree that creating an online presence is the way to go! We encourage all of our clients to do this.

Spark Hire
Spark Hire

Great post! While it’s probably not an all-or-nothing proposition, video resumes are certainly making things easier for both hiring managers and job seekers. Hiring managers can now see more about a job seeker earlier than in the traditional process, while job seekers can show off their personality and communication skills. It’s a win-win to use video resumes in the hiring process. They can even be used to enhance the traditional paper resume.

Acquirent
Acquirent

Great question! Can't wait to see the results...

MatthewSm1th
MatthewSm1th

Does it have to be one or the other? Can't virtual resumes grow in dominance despite traditional resumes sticking around?

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