Death of the Resume

Looking for a new job? Unemployed right now? Watch this video on the death of the traditional resume and learn what steps you need to take right now to prepare for a new job market.

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  • Amber

    Very true – people need to put themselves out there. However, they also need to be careful of WHAT they put out there as there is a huge difference between "professional branding" and personal networking.

    While there are very open minded employers (especially in the tech sector), many are so close minded that they may not relate to the fact that you are a fan of the "Beer Club of the Month" page on Facebook 😉

    • Hey Amber! I agree that you don't want pictures of a drunken weekend out. However, I think most people would be cool w/ "Beer of the Month Club" style fan pages. I don't think any company expects to find teetotalers or people with no social life. My other thought is this: do you really want to work for a company that won't let you have a life or a social media presence and be real and honest about who you are? Like anything else, we need to use discretion. And those who don't use discretion shouldn't be hired anyway. I once found a person online (Twitter I believe) who posted something profane and disrespectful to his boss. I saw that and dropped him instantly. It saved me from making a bad call and finding out later that the guy is an idiot. Conversely, anyone who posts normal, real-people stuff to FB and Twitter is just that – a normal person. Which is what we look for anyway. 🙂

      • Amber

        Too bad I was denied a job opp because of my "Beer of the Month Club" fan page participation! Just kidding!

        I agree with your thoughts and think in this day and age, authenticity takes us from being faceless entities to becoming interesting candidates.

  • Amber

    Very true – people need to put themselves out there. However, they also need to be careful of WHAT they put out there as there is a huge difference between "professional branding" and personal networking.

    While there are very open minded employers (especially in the tech sector), many are so close minded that they may not relate to the fact that you are a fan of the "Beer Club of the Month" page on Facebook 😉

    • Hey Amber! I agree that you don't want pictures of a drunken weekend out. However, I think most people would be cool w/ "Beer of the Month Club" style fan pages. I don't think any company expects to find teetotalers or people with no social life. My other thought is this: do you really want to work for a company that won't let you have a life or a social media presence and be real and honest about who you are? Like anything else, we need to use discretion. And those who don't use discretion shouldn't be hired anyway. I once found a person online (Twitter I believe) who posted something profane and disrespectful to his boss. I saw that and dropped him instantly. It saved me from making a bad call and finding out later that the guy is an idiot. Conversely, anyone who posts normal, real-people stuff to FB and Twitter is just that – a normal person. Which is what we look for anyway. 🙂

      • Amber

        Too bad I was denied a job opp because of my "Beer of the Month Club" fan page participation! Just kidding!

        I agree with your thoughts and think in this day and age, authenticity takes us from being faceless entities to becoming interesting candidates.

  • I agree 100% I'm so fed up of seeing the same Resume over and over. If someone actually emailed and said…
    "look I can send you a resume like everyone else but what would that achieve? Here are some links that show you a little more about me. If you like what you see give me 15 minutes of your time and I will show you why I'm the type of person you can't afford NOT to Hire!"

    Guess who would get an interview?

    • Thanks, Sean! I would absolutely love it if somebody would do that! Great thoughts.

  • I agree 100% I'm so fed up of seeing the same Resume over and over. If someone actually emailed and said…
    "look I can send you a resume like everyone else but what would that achieve? Here are some links that show you a little more about me. If you like what you see give me 15 minutes of your time and I will show you why I'm the type of person you can't afford NOT to Hire!"

    Guess who would get an interview?

    • Thanks, Sean! I would absolutely love it if somebody would do that! Great thoughts.

  • Lynn

    Great post. As a technology savvy teacher, I would have no problem putting myself out there. I do feel, however, that because some administrations still put a negative twist on technology by students that they could be a little intimidated seeing all of that on a resume? Maybe I'm wrong…..we'll see.

  • Lynn

    Great post. As a technology savvy teacher, I would have no problem putting myself out there. I do feel, however, that because some administrations still put a negative twist on technology by students that they could be a little intimidated seeing all of that on a resume? Maybe I'm wrong…..we'll see.

  • I totally agree with this.

    I'm new to you and your stuff. You'd found me on twitter, I'm glad you did. You're video's won me. I'll officially tuned in!

    Looking forward to more from you.

    • Thanks, Matt! I'm glad you enjoyed the videos! They're a lot of fun to put together. Sometimes more challenging that locking myself in a room and writing, but still fun. Cheers!

  • I totally agree with this.

    I'm new to you and your stuff. You'd found me on twitter, I'm glad you did. You're video's won me. I'll officially tuned in!

    Looking forward to more from you.

    • Thanks, Matt! I'm glad you enjoyed the videos! They're a lot of fun to put together. Sometimes more challenging that locking myself in a room and writing, but still fun. Cheers!