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Is the Traditional Resume Dying in the World of Social Media?

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In a world in which you can suddenly have an audience of many prospective employers with just a single upload of a resume, is the process of handing out your traditional paper resume becoming obsolete? It cannot be denied that social media is an extremely important part of the modern recruitment process for both employers and employees.

Giving you the chance to sell yourself:

For jobseekers, the web enforces no character limits on the experience you have gained, it does not restrict you to citing solely your last 2 jobs and it allows a huge audience for your single document. It allows you to fully express all of your skills and experience, highlighting your qualifications and allowing you to be considered for jobs you perhaps never knew existed.

Testing candidates more rigorously:

Online social media profiles certainly have their advantages for employers too. The much more generic approach to a CV means that there is less room for embellishment and falsification to tailor a resume to one particular employer. Also, the wide range of friends and acquaintances that each person has on a social media profile allow for a large number of references at the click of a button. Because you have to expand on everything you write on a social media platform, there is no way that you can craftily word your resume to make it sound like you have more experience than you actually do. This is great for employers as it helps guarantee the calibre of person that they are hiring.

Going to extremes:

But in such a competitive job market, is it enough to simply rely on social media to get you employed? Recently there have been several stories of graduates going above and beyond the usual recruitment processes to make themselves stand out from a crowd to get hired. One example was Adam Pacitti, who, having been unsuccessful in finding a job through the conventional channels, spent his last £500 putting a 10 foot portrait of himself on a billboard with a link to his website Less than 24 hours after the billboard poster was erected roughly 10,000 people had tweeted references to his campaign and although he is yet to be given his dream job, he managed to get himself heard by thousands. His website was his online CV, but it was only through innovative paper methods that he got his resume seen.

Is social media enough in the current economic climate?:

The fact that Adam was forced to such means probably suggests that even social media cannot help everyone to find a job, at least not in the current economic climate. Adam’s story proves that in order to get the job you want you really do have to stand out above the rest of the crowd, and whether you achieve this by uploading your resume online or by handing out a paper version to prospective employers is irrelevant as long as you can prove that you are the right person for the job. Social media simply allows you to access more prospective employers or employees at the click of a button, and gives you a greater scope to apply for more jobs in a much shorter amount of time.

Only time will tell:

The paper resume may not be dead yet, but it is easy to see how social media may completely take over in the future. It is a much more fool proof way of assessing somebody’s skill, aptitude and potential before the interview stage of the recruitment process and it gives individuals the perfect platform to really sell themselves.

Richard McMunn, runs the leading career website  His aim is to help as many people as possible pass the recruitment process they are applying for to secure the job they have always wanted. The site offers a wide range of books and training courses for those who want to ensure they are fully prepared. You can also connect with How2become on their YouTube channel.

About The Author

Ryder Cullison

Ryder has more than 10 years of experience working with retained search clients as a search professional. As a pioneer of Interview4 he has great knowledge of video interviewing. He writes about all things hiring and looks forward to engaging with his audience on topics of leadership, recruiting, candidate screening, and employee satisfaction. Follow him on Twitter: @hireintelligent and @cullison1

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