Are These the Final Days of the Traditional Resume?

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The traditional resume has been around for ages and has helped millions of people land jobs but with the internet slowly taking over every facet of people’s lives, you have to wonder if perhaps the traditional resume is hopelessly out-dated and is on its way out. To some of you this may seem a bit far-fetched and maybe it is but according to one Vala Afshar, the Chief Customer Officer and CMO of Enterasys, the web is your resume and pretty soon more and more people will take advantage of it during their job searches and this will contribute to the demise of the traditional resume. In his blog entitled “Proof that the Web is Your Resume” he talks about how he embarked on a search for a new marketing position without a resume and according to the blog, he was really quite satisfied with the outcome. He also mentioned how he plans on using the same strategy when it comes to recruitment in the future.

He had a lot to say about the process and why it worked but to put it simply, he says that the web acts as your CV and the social networks where you have a presence can act as your references. In his blog, he also noted that network connections are so much more powerful than 1-2 pages and three references that are part and parcel of most resumes.

With the web as your CV, a prospective employer can evaluate you more fully and really see what you are all about. No longer do they have to slog through 2 pages of masterfully worded information.

Does He Have a Point?

The thing about resumes and CVs is that when you submit them to prospective employers, you are essentially swearing that everything in them is true. A recent report though stated thatAre These the Final Days of the Traditional Resume a staggering 53% of CVs contain false data and around 70% of college students would lie in the CVs just to land a job. Compare that to the identity of the person found on the Internet and you can see why the traditional CV may be on its way out.

What Does This Mean for You?

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It will take years before anyone can really see if the web-as-a-resume is something that can work but so don’t throw away that resume yet. However, you may want to be more careful with how you present yourself online and how you make use of social media.

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