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(ResumeNewYork.com – Staff Writer)

Do you really need a resume these days? When companies are putting their applications and resume templates online at their hiring sites, do you really need a resume? With all the changes in how we look for a job, how companies recruit for employers, how much of the process is now online, why do you need a resume?

For many young people these days life on the internet and mobile technology is second nature. They can register on Linked-in, Plaxco, Jobster, Indeed/My Workster, and Ecadamy instead of producing a resume. They can use sites like VisualCV to create a career profile page for hiring companies to view. Many candidates these days think if they have a career profile web page there is no need for a resume.

However recent studies show you still need a resume. Jobvite did a Social Recruiting Survey with employers and using social media is not one of the top three ways that they recruit. The resume is. However 92% of all employers do use social media in some way, it just does not replace the resume in employers eyes. http://www.shrm.org/HRCareers/Pages/0712resumes.aspx

At the same time Josh Tolan who is the CEO of Spark Hire says the traditional resume will always be a piece of the recruiting puzzle. However you do want to make yourself stand out from the rest. Tolan says this could include video resumes and Twitter resumes. He feels that “For example, the infographic resume shows off a candidate’s creativity and visual flair. A video resume, on the other hand, shows off a candidate’s communication skills and personality.”

http://www.shrm.org/HRCareers/Pages/0712resumes.aspx

Why Do I Need a Resume?

Why do you need a resume? Companies that recruit online often have elaborate applications. Even if you are not applying online most companies want you to complete their application. Isn’t this enough? As you can see from the comments of CEO’s above they still expect a resume of some sort. It might not be your traditional resume. It might be video or it might be on Twitter. It will however be a resume none the less.

You want to do a resume so that you can control what information is shared with the hiring company. You want to be in charge of whatever information is in the hands of the recruiter or hiring manager. Do they have enough or do they need more? The resume is meant to be a tool that presents your skills and your experience in the best possible light. Take a look at the job application you fill out online or in person. Most of them will not present you in the best possible light nor will they tell the hiring manager why he needs to interview you.

Is Your Resume Passe’?

So we have established that the resume is still needed but also that it has changed dramatically and we need to change with it. Hiring managers are no longer looking for the traditional resume. There are some things that we pushed for years in resume development that are no longer relevant. If your resume does these things it is outdated and needs to change.

  • Do not try to squeeze your resume into one page. I know we taught you that but we were wrong. How long your resume is depends on how long you have been in the workforce, how long you have been in any specific job, and how many different jobs you have had. Keep it concise but cover all the relevant information. Recruiters and hiring managers are extremely busy and if you want them to take you seriously do not waste their time.
  • Resumes in fact are becoming the minimum that is expected from the candidate in terms of information. If you really want to brand yourself you will need a webpage as well as a resume, a presence on Linked-in, Facebook and Twitter are all important.
  • Do not use an objective at the top of your resume. Of course we also taught you to do this in the past. However you want to make the right impression and stand out from the beginning. So you do not want your first impression to be what you want the company to do for you as most objectives state. You want your first impression to be what you can do for the company. If you need to state any objective about your application for this specific job, you can do it in the cover letter. Yes we still use cover letters.
  • Do not use up expensive space saying “References Available upon Request”. Any hiring manager or HR professional worth their salary knows you would have them if they asked for them.
  • Finally one of the newest things to pay attention to is if you are going to email your resume, send it as a PDF document, not a Word document. It looks so much more professional.

Conclusion

So the answer to the original question is no. Resumes are not passé. Certainly you have to make changes from the traditional resume we have always known. You need to do more than a resume. Use the social media and make the resume user friendly.

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