Job sites such as Indeed, Glassdoor, BUILT, Monster, Career Builder, and LinkedIn allow you to research companies and jobs that interest you in the span of a few minutes. As a sweetener, you’re also building an online presence at the same time.
Did you know that on Linkedin alone there are 830 million users with over 58 million companies?
As a user of a job platform, all you need to do is set up a profile. Your profile can contain limitless information. You can include everything from awards you’ve won, languages you're fluent in, details on job skills, interests and recommendations left by colleagues and past mentors. Once your profile is complete, you can cater your settings to filter jobs that match your skill set, and then, with a press of a button you can apply on the spot.
The amount of detail you add on your online profile can be more elaborate than just the ‘recommended’ one-page resume. Not only can you link your Linkedin profile to a job application, but now recruiters have an easier time scouting potential employers such as yourself.
🪦 So now the question remains, Are you team Resumes or Online Profiles? Tell us why down below!
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This is very interesting, as someone who has always personalized my resume for every single application (modifying my skills and experience to best relate to the position), I think there is still something to be said about providing a pre-filtered list of relevant experience for a job application which comes from a resume.
LinkedIn is so much more comprehensive as you explained and it does make it easier for others to find you, the new question becomes whether it is specific/relevant enough? Can the employer connect the dots in your resume to the skills of the job as easily? If you're transferring skills from one industry to another, how do you convey this easily on LinkedIn without removing all of the previous industries relevant experience?
very interesting conversation, looking forward to reading more about what others think!
Interesting question!! I'm team resumes serve a purpose, but don't paint the whole picture. I see it as an introduction, and jumping off point to dig deeper. While it should be compelling, you'll have additional opporutnities as a canidate to show your skills and shine. You will always have a mix of recruiters prefering one modality over the other, and need to be able to pivot to cater to both.
For me they are pieces to the puzzle. It's not about the medium. This is just the job seekers first piece of content that a recruiter encounters. It is how well the content engages and calls the target recruiter to action is what matters. Whether that its a short note, a short chat, a resume, a linkedin profile, a video resume, etc, the questions is can you engage the persona and move them along their journey.
I'd say a combination of both, but more important is making a personal connection at the company to schedule an informational interview with and networking is key to get you in the groove. Who knows, they could turn into a referral or at least provide valuable information when you're prepping for your interviews 🙂
I think there is a time and a place for both, and limitations to both!
People have a right to privacy, and forcing someone into creating a digital footprint and an online prescence to get a job seems unethtical. While I am an avid social media user, I am still uncomfortable with the amount of data mining and privacy invasions that occur using these sites. Not to mention, the incredibly studies out there on how much pressure social media creates on mental health. Not everyone wants to be an influencer.
On the other hand, resumes do not show off someones personality, the culture they follow, or the energy they bring to the table. Resume scanners can reject awesome candidates if the computer cannot read he resume because the person was creative with the design. These tools can even be set up to discrimate against certain names. The concept of a resume needs to be brought into the future, but I don't know if a social media profile is the right answer.
Resumes served their purpose, but I find that they're just a gateway for recruiters being interested in looking at your online presence. Personally, I was reached out to on LinkedIn by recruiters for a job position I hadn't even know about, but the recruiter had seen what I had posted on LinkedIn and liked it enough to direct message me about the job. So, I think it's good to have a resume, but keep it short, and have the real meat of your career appear on LinkedIn.