Does the resume have a future?

Slideshare, infographic, hand drawn? The resume as we know it is changing.

Recruitment trends could reshape the job application process.

The first port of call for many job applicants is to update the resume, tailor the content to a particular job description and then send it onto potential employers.

But if you listen to Tim Roche, a career management practice leader at Melbourne-based Right Management, this routine could soon be a distant memory.

According to Roche, the recruitment industry is moving away from the resume and toward a more digital-based application process “at one hundred miles an hour and it’s going to change the whole recruiting spectrum in five years”.

Instead of emailing a resume to a potential employer, Roche says candidates will be required to send a video of themselves, which will need to address the selection criteria of the position.

“In a few years, candidates will be filming and downloading applications to their mobile phone devices as part of the early job-screening process. Video applications will be taking a much bigger role, particularly in terms of first-round interviews.”

Roche adds that social media channels such as professional network LinkedIn will also play a greater role in the recruitment process.

“We’ve got a situation now where a significant number of executive search firms say, ‘Don’t bother sending us a resume, send us your hyperlink for LinkedIn instead.’

“People will need to think about how they conduct themselves on social media forums and what forums are best to promote their personal brand.” 

But not all hiring managers are convinced the resume will be made redundant.

Jon Tse, co-founder of Australia’s biggest student textbook rental service, Zookal, believes resumes are here to stay, at least in the short term.

Tse says the document is still a key component of his company’s application process and doesn’t believe there is a suitable alternative. 
“When hiring [at Zookal] we look at LinkedIn accounts but a resume is still the first point of call because it provides a full story of a candidate’s career to date,” says Tse.

"In a few years, candidates will be filming and downloading applications to their mobile phone devices." – Tim Roche, Right Management

“I don’t see resumes dying away anytime soon – not until there is a better alternative that allows a candidate to shape and tailor their application for every single role.”

Ready, set… revise

Even if you’re not ready to bite the bullet on a video resume or a skywriting campaign aimed at your dream employer, there are alternative approaches to the conventional resume. Just be sure that the potential employer will appreciate the “outside the box” presentation; for many, the standard resume plus LinkedIn is still the way to go.

If you’re ready to ramp up your resume, check out these alternatives:

Hand-drawn: Great for creative types, the hand-drawn resume has immediate visual impact.

Infographics: Proving that virtually anything can be repackaged as an infographic, this format is visually compelling and conveys a lot of information in a small space. The downside is that you might be asking the reader to interpret data, which might not always go the way you want it to.

Slideshare: Since Slideshare is owned by LinkedIn, it makes sense that people are using it for resume writing. Because it functions much like PowerPoint, it’s arguably more “traditional” than the options above while at the same time being visually impactful.

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