People have been whispering debates for some time now the purpose and future of the resume. If you don’t think it’ll be around much longer, well I have news for you. The resume isn’t fading away, it’s evolving before your eyes. First, lets go back to its origins.
What it once was…
The first professional resume ever documented was by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1482. It’s taken on many forms since then. Resumes once included height, weight, age, marital status, and religion scribbled on pieces of paper. Could you imagine? Blasphemy. Now our online identities are much more accessible, so resumes have transformed into a formality to appease the outdated recruitment process most companies still operate with.
What it is now…
Whether you agree or not, the new age resume is called the Internet. The Internet is now where people go to learn more about you without your needed consent. This can make or break your chances to secure an interview with that company you’ve always dreamed of. Don’t let your professional representation become self-sabotaging by misunderstanding the importance of your first impression. The reality is recruiters and hiring managers are going directly to the internet to learn more about you. It’s a resource – we have to use it. 20 years ago first impressions were made in-person with a firm handshake and eye contact. Presently, first impressions occur from a google search without you having a clue. If the first people see is a picture of you and “the bros” performing regrettable acts on Facebook, then you’re absolutely killing your first impression…and not “killin’ it” like your bros might think.
This can have severe repercussions on your career. According to a Harris Poll 52%, and rising, of employers use social networking sites to research candidates. Here are a few more interesting statistics.
- 60% of employers are attempting to look for information that supports qualifications
- 56% want to see if the candidate has a professional online persona
- 37% want to see what other people are posting about the candidate
- 21% admit they’re looking for reasons not to hire the candidate
What you should do…
As terrifying as the accessibility may seem, you can use this to your advantage. Clean up your online presence and start using the Internet in your favor. Consistently push information to various platforms that align with your skill set and interests. The right people will eventually see what you’re doing. If you code then start contributing to GitHub or Stack Overflow to gain accolades. If you’re a Designer then get your work onto Behance or Dribbble. If you don’t have a profession that ‘creates’ then you can make a personal website, online resume, or a freakishly amazing LinkedIn. What groups are you a part of? What projects have you worked on? What are you proud of? Showcase it for people to see on whatever mediums make the most sense. If you need help deciding, reach out to one of us at Empulse and we’ll lead you in the right direction.
Employers want people who take their craft seriously. There are new platforms popping up every day waiting for your contribution. Publish content to show your capabilities, join the conversation, or at minimum be a content sharer. If you start thinking of yourself as a contributor to your niche then people will start listening, and that will have an exponential effect on the opportunities that present themselves.