The resume is changing. These days, recruiters say the simple Word document is not enough, they have to look you up online so you need to have something to show.
Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Elizabeth Garone says that if you’re not on LinkedIn, you don’t exist. Which means your CV needs to have live links to your LinkedIn profile. She talks to Krista Canfield, a spokesperson for LinkedIn who warns job seekers to stay away from over-used words like innovative, dynamic, motivated, extensive experience, results-oriented, proven track record, team player, fast-paced, problem solver, and entrepreneurial.
"Your online profile is a valuable piece of professional real estate," says Ms Canfield.
"The problem with using generic words and phrases in your profile and resume is that hundreds, if not thousands, of other professionals are describing themselves the exact same way."
She suggests replacing the overused terms with descriptions of those specific projects you have worked on and which resulted in concrete results.
Resumes are not dead yet but their demise seems imminent with 100 million on LinkedIn and 700 million using Facebook. Social networking has reshaped career paths, more companies will start looking at who people are connected to on LinkedIn and recruiters believe employers in the future will be more likely to take someone on if they have an extensive social media footprint with many connections. Resumes are still used for big and important jobs, particularly when the person in HR can send it off to head office say in New York, but that’s expected to change too.
John Sumser in HR Examiner says that today’s resumes are just relics of the past and are likely to go the way of the typewriter and tape recorder.
“Resumes are a baby boom era invention," he writes. "They require a massive effort and a change in focus."
Resumes of the future will be more highly targeted. And more of them will be interactive.
Mashable has come up with 10 different ways resumes will be re-crafted to help people stand out from the crowd. These include sticking them on your Facebook page, using a fun interactive video which is not just a rehash of the print resume but one where viewers can click on words linked to an “about me” section, as well as sections for portfolio, skills, timeline and contact information and an electronic “pitch page” that lists accomplishments, has a Q&A and links the viewer to the person’s Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter profiles.
Are you still using an old style resume or are you taking a different approach? Do you think the resume is changing? What should resumes look like?