Hello Everybody,


I have a question.  A few months ago, I saw an episode of 60 minutes where they had a career consultant who said that the resume is dead?


What is your experience?


Do employers insist on seeing resumes for your candidates, or are they open to interviewing people base on your recommendations?

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I don't believe resume is dead and is very much alive.  The resume is dead only if hiring managers no longer want them.   I don't trust career consultants as they are not in the hiring game.

I do not believe the resume is dead at all. It may now take on different forms (such as a Linkedin profile) but I need something in visual form to send to managers etc. Without a resume or the like you can forget about being considered for a role or getting an interview at my company. Recommnendations are nice but can be very misleading. At some point in the process a resume IS needed in my book.

I agree. Consultants are paid whether or not they are right.  Resumes are still an important tool and not going away anytime soon.

You can't take the 'human' out of human resources.  Each new technology wave gives people the opportunity to be creative.  You can ask people to 'fill in the box' and build a profile, but people will always seek the opportunity to personalize their background and express themselves professionally.  Imho, the resume will remain the vehicle for doing so for a long time to come.


I think the Resume (or CV depending on environment/country) is alive and well.  What I think is changing is a Resume is becoming insufficient.  We've moving to a time where you need a Resume (or CV) *and* the profile, the recomendations, the portfolio &c.  The types of information and evidence that used to only be needed for very senior roles and highly specialised or academic roles will become necessary at all levels and for most roles.

I've already seen that often for short term contractor roles the CV has become something that corporate governance insist on but plays no serious part in the selection process, that's largely driven by recommendations from permanent staff, contractors we already have with us and friends at other companies.

I do think that the Resume (and CV) will eventually die but it's a ways off and it's not going to go quietly.

Here is my post from 2009:

Will Resumes Become Obsolete? - ERE.net

While there is the Apply with LinkedIn button on some job posts it seems like resumes are still a must in the process. The difference I have seen from before, in some cases, is that some employers want to interview based on LinkedIn profiles; but all ask for a resume at some point.

John.. they are probably less important from a sourcing standpoint but far from dead. Read this

I don't think the resume is going anywhere soon but I do believe the platform for showcasing yourself will become more virtual as time goes on.  LinkedIn has revolutionized the way people advertise themselves and increasingly is an effective sourcing mechanism for recruiters.  However, if you are stepping into an interview I still think the first thing that will happen (at least for the foreseeable future) is a pass-off of your printed resume.


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I agree that resumes are far from dead. 

From a recruiting standpoint, resumes are a great way to get a snapshot of the candidate's experience, especially when there are hundreds of applicants for one position.  The resume is an effective way to weed out candidates who don't have relevant experience.

I believe the LinkedIn and networking are equally as important as a resume, but the resume is alive and well.

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