Are Resumes Going Away?


Recently, I read an article in CNN about the good old paper resume becoming obsolete and basically being replaced by media presentations and social networking sites. It talked about a hiring manager in NY who asked two potential hires to make a video about themselves and answer two basic job related questions... I found it a bit strange and frankly was sad. Not that I am an old timer, I'm up to speed with most social networking sites and media (Facebook, LinkedIn, You Tube, etc..) but still find "pride" behind a hand shake and handle my "old paper resume". What's your take? Do you feel paper resumes are now a thing of the past?

Here's a copy of the link in case you haven't seen it:

Paper resumes are how it's done. Video is talked about, but is not gaining any traction. There is no evidence paper resumes will disappear in the next 10 years. Imagine this headline: Resumes continue to be used in 95% of companies. Not very exciting huh? Change - and frightening change for many people - makes news.

Resumes aren't going away any time soon. Even if they did, because a meteorite hit the earth, it's still useful for you to create a resume. It helps you work out how to cohesively describe your role - which bits are important and which bits are not. It helps you think about your accomplishments and why they are important.

If you send someone a link to your resume or bio on line, you're hoping that the a) the site it up, b) it displays the same way on their computer as it does yours and c) no changes have been made to the format since you last looked.

It took 500 years for resumes to be created from verbal and letters of recommendation. Resumes are not going to be eliminated in the next 10.

Don't send me a link

As an IT security professional and a hiring manager...if you send me an email out of the blue with a link in it, at best Im not going to click on it. At worst I'll add you to a "black" list.

On the flip side, if we communicate and I ask for a resume and you point me to your website, you show me you are incapable of following directions before your are even hired.


1 page, maybe 2...but you better have had good reason for the second page :). Your work history from 20 years ago isn't helpful.


Paper resumes are the best fit for purpose

Most people have a hard enough time getting a written document together.  Can you imagine them having to do a multi-media presentation?

Bad lighting, bad editing, inappropriate music... all are  far more distracting than a typo or spelling mistake.

Thank you!

MYSIGP226, I totally agree. We just put an ad on Craigslist and half of my resume reviews say 'can't follow instructions' because we asked for a resume and got a link. If you can't follow that simple instruction, you are on my no list.

MarkMT - you're right too. If you can't use word, what makes me think you can use i-whatever it is. And, since i-whatever it is isn't a job requirement, why would I care?

(who is feeling particularly snarky tonight!)