Is Social Media Going to Replace the Resume?Careers Plus Resumes
I read an article today on CNN that inspired me to write about this topic. Throughout my career as a business owner and professional resume writer, I have often thought about how the “resume” might one day become obsolete to a hiring manager such as myself. According to some self-proclaimed job experts at CNN, this is exactly what they believe. I, on the other hand, do not agree with this idea. While paper resumes may be less in demand than the electronic version, employers will always require a detailed summary of a candidate’s work and education history before making that final hiring decision. Over 900 million people in the world use Facebook, and millions of others are on Twitter, LinkedIn, and several other Social Networking portals. Employers may look to these online profiles to get a better idea of one’s personality during the hiring process by reviewing Facebook posts and Tweets between friends and family. Often times, job seekers don’t want this information to be found and want it to be kept private from their employer. The reason for this is mainly due to the fact that people tend to post things online that they normally would not convey in public places and fear it may show a lack of professionalism in the workplace. Sadly enough, this is true and many employers use this information to reject candidates’ applications.
There are also millions and millions of people who do not use Social Networks to communicate with their peers. Most people find other traditional methods in socializing, such as participating in community events, going to church, playing sports, or simply hanging out with friends (in person). The individual who wrote the article for CNN has apparently forgotten the long-remembered fact that most jobs are not advertised and are found through word-of-mouth or applying directly from walking in and handing out “paper resumes.” So to say that Social Media will ever replace the resume is definitely an over-statement. The traditional resume will never be replaced because employers are always going to want to see the background of a potential employee before making an important hiring decision. Going by Facebook or Twitter alone is not a resourceful enough method in finding qualified candidates that can perform the complexities of the job that are required.
By Justin Olsen