Social Media is taking over our lives, (at least mine), but is it taking over the traditional way we seek employment? I recently read an article on CNN that suggest that social mediums are making resumes obsolete. As I read on, I may be convinced that this idea is true and in fact we are already there.
According to the article, social giant Facebook plans to launch its own jobs board, working with some existing sites to let users search listings. Although not confirmed by Facebook, could this be the future of our job searching standards?
I’ve been out of the corporate world running my own business for a little over 2 years, and prior to that worked for the same company for almost 7 years so I’m no expert on how to pass around your resume when seeking employment; but are companies, in this day and age, really finding paper resumes useful?
The article further reads that some companies, especially in the tech world are saying they’re no longer interested at all in an applicant’s tried-and-true laundry list of jobs, education, awards and activities. Hiring managers often can gain a better sense of a person’s judgement, personality and communication skills by pursuing their Twitter feeds or Tumblr posts. Other employers are asking for a glimpse at applicants’ “Web presence.”
I actually like the approach of asking for a Web presence. As a previous corporate manager and now an entrepreneur seeking interns and staff, resumes in my opinion don’t always represent who a prospect is, instead it’s a compilation of organized noise categorized based on the job postings expectations. When you hire the individual you are perplexed as to why the employee isn’t living up to the standards of their resume.
Have you heard of a “Living Resume”? I like the idea and in fact I’m going to create one myself using Pinterest, pinning an ongoing collection of cool things I’ve done in my career, side gigs, links to new articles in which i’ve appeared, public speaking engagements and even my digital bi-monthly mags.
What do you think? Will social media make paper resumes obselete?
*Tiffini Gatlin is the founder and editorial director of Atlanta Tastemaker Magazine. Continue the conversation with her on twitter @theatlgo2girl or on facebook at facebook.com/AtlantaTastemakerMagazine.