Could it be that resumes are actually bad for the recruiting process? Before answering that question, we have to first examine what a resume is.
We all know that it’s a document that should not only tell a potential employer what you did, but how well you did it.
That’s where the problem lies. A resume presents someone in the best possible light so you don’t get a chance to really know the individual, for better or worse.
Furthermore, the average recruiter spends just 6 seconds reviewing your resume before they decide if it gets trashed or you get a phone call. Think about how many good candidates may have been lost using this methodology.
Reviewing resumes is an imperfect science science at best. So for the sake of conversation, let’s consider the only real alternative, LinkedIn. Many companies now allow you to apply for a position by using your LinkedIn profile as your “resume”.
The only problem with that is not everyone is on LinkedIn. By last count, there are currently 9 million registered users on the social network. To say we’re going to do away with resumes, that number has to be higher. Much higher! But for now, the conversations about whether we should do away with resumes makes for great banter around the office and the interwebs.
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