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Are Resumes Outdated?

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: November 5, 2013 at 8:52 am

With Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media popping up like wildflowers, many candidates wonder – Do I really still need a resume?

The answer is yes. Here’s why.

No Social Media is Perfect

If you think it’s difficult to write a resume – condensing your skills, knowledge and achievements down to one or two pages – building an online presence isn’t any easier. In fact, it can be quite daunting. You have to know the ins and outs of what the site allows. Twitter is so limited in terms of character length, you can’t get much on it. Try paring a two-page resume into 140 characters and you’ll know what I mean.

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Facebook certainly allows more flexibility. However, it still requires some degree of marketing sense. What photos of yourself to use (professional, please). How much information to include about your current work/life/goals/aspirations. For many, the page will become a shrine to themselves, rather than what they can do for a company. Not exactly what hiring managers want to see.

LinkedIn is a good choice. But consider this – if you’re applying to 20 different positions, you can’t target your LinkedIn profile to every one of them as you can your resume. You develop your LinkedIn profile and recruiters/hiring managers see it. Even if you change it frequently, you have no control over who’s seeing what.

Resumes Offer Flexibility and a Quick Career View

Although there are plenty of people out there who swear by social media or video resumes, do you really think a hiring manager is going to watch or sift through all that stuff? Hiring managers are busy. They usually afford no more than seven seconds, if that, to an applicant’s documents. A two page (or one page) resume that’s organized well and focuses on achievements rather than tasks or extraneous material (photos of you at work) is a good choice.

Speaking of Photos

They can work for or against you in the employment market. You may be a crackerjack salesperson, but if you’re not model gorgeous or a hunk, you may not be considered for the position. Do you really want your looks (or age) to keep you from that all important interview? Again, a resume is a good bet to attract a hiring manager’s attention, with your LinkedIn profile as a supplement to the resume. Even a tweet can help. Or a Facebook page with your portfolio on it, if you’re in a creative endeavor.

However, resumes are still a smart choice.