In this uber connected wold we live in, the static resume we’ve used for years feels a little odd. The majority of us have LinkedIn profiles and many of us can show our body of work by exploring our social networks, online profiles, etc. Do we really need the resume anymore?
The short answer is yes, we need them. This will change over time and has already changed for some jobs, but for most jobs you still need a resume. The reality is that there are a lot of jobs where you don’t already have an online portfolio of what you accomplished. Most people aren’t like me where I can point to my 5500 blog posts and say “Here’s my resume.” It’s hard to point to an EHR implementation and show the impact that you had on a $500 million EHR implementation.
This is why a resume is still essential. It’s kind of like the Cliff Notes version of your career. In fact, maybe we need a new word for resume and should call it a career profile or something. Either way, it’s extremely valuable for hiring managers and recruiters to have a resume which gives them a quick look at your career and what you’ve accomplished.
One day we’ll probably have a better option than a resume. Possibly something that’s updated in real time or something that creates a resume for you. In fact, in this crazy world where people aren’t sure what’s fact or fiction, it’s going to be interesting to see how well people trust resumes and other online info. That’s a real challenge and a problem when you’re evaluating someone you want to bring on to your company.
What do you think of resumes? Are they outdated and need to be replaced? Do we need them anymore? Are resumes important when you’re hiring someone?