With Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and all the rest; it might seem that a paper resume is fast becoming outdated. And if all the hiring managers were in their early 20’s, that argument might have some legs.
Most hiring managers – however technologically or Internet savvy they might be – tend to still be old-fashion when comes to resumes.
But a resume tells us so much more than just a chronological listing of jobs or experiences. Skilled hiring managers and HR can read between the lines and intuit a lot about an applicant based on what and how that resume is put together.
This article is from the Career Journal Online and I thought it was an interesting read.
Is the Paper Résumé Dead?
By RACHEL LOUISE ENSIGN
Is the paper résumé dead?
No, according to hiring managers and recruiters. Although applicants rarely mail in résumés these days, the job search isn’t going paperless. In fact, experts say, a paper résumé can make or break a bid for a job.
Amy-Louise Goldberg, head of the human capital practice at Leslie Kavanagh Associates, says she still prefers candidates to arrive at interviews with résumés in hand.
Although Ms. Goldberg may do a Web search on prospective hires and review their LinkedIn profiles, she likes to write notes on the paper résumés during interviews and checks for any grammatical errors—which can be signs, she says, of a person who isn’t attentive to details.
Millennials often forget to bring a paper résumé to an interview, which can hurt their chances at landing a job, says Jaime Klein, founder of Inspire Human Resources, which operates as an outsourced HR department for other companies. “A résumé on nice stock paper shows you have a sense of decorum, especially since the millennials are being interviewed by Gen X-ers or Boomers,” says Ms. Klein.
Southworth Co., which sells formal résumé paper at OfficeMax, Staples and other retailers, says sales of résumé paper were flat in 2011, but grew 3% to 5% annually between 2000 and 2010. That growth comes over a decade when printer-paper sales fell, says Southworth. Their best seller, at $8.99 a pop: the 100-sheet pack of watermarked, 100% cotton ivory résumé paper.
Paper is still top currency at job fairs, where recruiters expect a hard-copy résumé. David Krantz, a 34-year-old mechanical engineer in Richland, Wash., recently attended a job fair with dozens of paper résumés in hand. He secured a handful of interviews and brought additional paper résumés to those meetings.
“Something that’s real instead of virtual makes it easier for the interviewers to concentrate,” says Mr. Krantz. He eventually accepted one of three job offers.
Still, the printed résumé is evolving. Patricia Brennan, head of talent at ?What If! Innovation Partners, a consulting firm, says she’s now seeing résumés that feature QR codes, which can be scanned with a smartphone and direct recruiters to additional information, such as a candidate’s website or presentation.
The codes are a high-tech novelty, but they still keep paper in the equation, Ms. Brennan says. “You still have to print it out to use it,” she says.
The counterpoints to this argument would come from these 2 very interesting articles. The first from Career Journal Online again:
By RACHEL EMMA SILVERMAN
Union Square Ventures recently posted an opening for an investment analyst.
Instead of asking for résumés, the New York venture-capital firm—which has invested in Twitter, Foursquare, Zynga and other technology companies—asked applicants to send links representing their “Web presence,” such as a Twitter account or Tumblr blog. Applicants also had to submit short videos demonstrating their interest in the position.
By the way, the most interesting point in that article is this paragrapah:
“At most companies, résumés are still the first step of the recruiting process, even at supposedly nontraditional places like Google Inc., which hired about 7,000 people in 2011, after receiving some two million résumés. Google has an army of “hundreds” of recruiters who actually read every one, says Todd Carlisle, the technology firm’s director of staffing.”
7000 hires out of 2 million resumes…
From FINS Comes this:
By Laura Dodd
Paper resumes aren’t in jeopardy of extinction, but these days some aggressive job hunters are going off script to get noticed. While career experts don’t have quantitative evidence, Charles Purdy, a senior editor at Monster.com, said more applicants do seem to be trying other approaches. Video resumes, use of Twitter and other social media are cropping up in recruiters’ in boxes. Such tactics, however, may not always produce the intended result.
You just gotta cover all your bases and use multiple avenues to get your foot in the door.