Trash Your Resume
Traditional resumes are in the process of being disrupted, though it’s surprisingly not getting that much attention.
Whether it’s the growing popularity of sites like about.me where you can post videos and a wide array of non-traditional accomplishments for prospective employers to see, or the increasing number of people who refer to their LinkedIn page as their resume, the fact is that there is a growing trend to use online resources to display a more nuanced self-portrait than is possible in a paper resume.
We have now officially entered the world of the e-resume.
We are very excited about this trend, because it it allows people to go well beyond static accomplishments and allows job candidates to reveal their “personality” and creative skills through mediums like YouTube and to identify skills not generally documented on resumes.
For example, most people have great skills beyond those they use and demonstrate in their day jobs, that they may display in their hobbies.
Like a software developer who may love web design and likes to tinker with prototype designs, or a mechanical engineer — like me — founder of Collaborizm — who is a maker at heart and loves playing with Arduino and Drones. (See: https://www.collaborizm.com/project/368~).
Another new trend — employers using online games to assess potential job candidates for certain positions — will likely further accelerate disruption of traditional resumes as job candidates see firsthand that employers value people’s online gaming skills because it demonstrates problem solving abilities and also helps to identify how a candidate behaves under pressure. See this recent WSJ article discussing this phenomenon: http://on.wsj.com/22mOYUG
The lesson for millennials and other job candidates is clear: find ways to engage in online projects and other pursuits that allow you to both display your unique skills not captured by your paper resume, and also use these pursuits to network and learn new skills.
Find an online resume service, start adding your new accomplishments, and trash your resume!
— Steve Reubenstone, Founder, Collaborizm
and much more to come on the E-Credential future coming soon!