Having reviewed a lot of the online applications and hardcopy apps that companies use it may not be that the resume is dead. It occurs to me that the format will be forced to go to a standard that will have the information in the order that the ATS can parse. Most of the systems that my clients are using ask that resumes either be attached or entered into said box or by the time the online application has been completed the candidate has in fact written a short form resume. Entering "see resume" ensures that the application will not process.
Candidate name, contact, education, experience by date in descending order looks to me like a chronological resume in the most readable form without all the functional buzzwords that make the current trend in resume presentation so time consuming to review. The current ,wretched ,functional format requires a full time data entry person to get information into an ATS ,so form adjusts to the relative simplicity of technology... Back to the future. Back to the original purpose of a resume before resume writing became some sort of attempt to put lipstick on a pig. Back to more of a data sheet or chronological resume. Thank you technology.
Resumes are not dead ,in my opinion, but the flowery , functional format with a page of meaningless stuff may certainly be gasping it's last breath. It seems to me that as we emerge from the mess of this year that the resume is not the only thing that is moving to a leaner, more transparent, consise, clear and understandable way of doing things. For some of us it is back to the future that took advanced technology to get us there with more efficiency at the end of the trip.
A well written, hardcopy resume will always be a part of a job search and interview process unless we get to the point that interviews are done online using a chat program with no personal contact between the candidate and the recruiter or the hiring manager. If we get to that point we will only need robots ,so the only interview question would need to be , "how are you programmed?" or "Are all your parts in working order?" (EEOC would probably consider the second question as discriminatory).
In my opinion technology can not replace people but it can certainly get rid of a lot of irrelevant people noise. 140 characters anyone! Interviewing without a resume is like taking a cross country road trip without a map.
Here's my Twitter resume: Menopausal trial lawyer. 22 years experience. Obtained 1.4 million judgment last week.
Everything you need to know in less than 140 characters.
Thanks. Probably not collectible.
But good to put on my 140 character resume.
And that is exactly the problem with resumes-- whether it's twitter, cream linen paper or ATS format. The scratch and sniff is everything.