Greater online access to information has led one recruitment agency to ponder the role of resumes or CVs, and whether they continue to hold relevance in the modern business world.
LinkedIn is a prominent means of identifying job opportunities and advertising vacancies, as well as connecting employers and recruiters with potential candidates.
Plus with the vast array of information now freely available on the internet – photos, social media accounts, media articles, examples of work, customer reviews and so on – employers are arguably now equipped with more information than ever before.
Add to that the fact that, as My Business readers have previously revealed, some resumes and accompanying cover letters are more a work of fiction than accurate employment overview, and it is clear that resumes are struggling to maintain relevance.
But are they heading for the history books?
Nick Deligiannis, head of Hays Australia & New Zealand, believes that resumes still have a useful role to play in the recruitment process.
He suggested that despite much of the information being available on LinkedIn, the resume is where most hiring managers and recruiters continue to look first.
“This document gives the recruiter a factual and chronological snapshot of your skills and experience and explains why you are both interested in and suitable for this job specifically,” he said.
“It provides the background knowledge a recruiter needs to determine if you have the skills and experience required for a particular role.
“Based on the information conveyed in your CV, the recruiter will form an opinion of your fit for the role. In most cases, they will then search for you on LinkedIn to learn more and see evidence of your work. You’ll then either be invited in for an interview or will not make the shortlist.”
Mr Deligiannis suggested that LinkedIn profiles can bring resumes to life and that jobseekers are able to include more information and examples – such as links, PDFs and videos – onto these profiles than can be included in a succinct resume, making them complimentary sources of information for employers to peruse rather than alternatives.
Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016.