Several industry disruptors have declared the resume dead over the course of the past 20 years. When Monster.com came onto the scene in 1999, it said that resumes were no longer needed because no one would have to mail a paper resume to employers. In 2003, LinkedIn claimed its profiles made resumes obsolete. Discover why your resume still matters and why you should compose a great one.
Supplementing Current Technology
Employers have several tools at their disposal for gaining insights into your credentials, skills and experience. They can look at LinkedIn and contact previous employers or see your recommendations. They can see your social media connections and LinkedIn favorites to review what skills you possess and where you worked in the past. Background checks also show where you lived and worked. Your resume summarizes all of this modern technology and gives employers the context they need to see your data come together.
Length of Time
Achievements on your resume, using verifiable hard numbers, happen with particular employers and in specific roles. Your document gives an employer a chance to see how your skill set comes into play over the course of your career and your most recent and relevant positions. Achievements are great, but when did you accomplish them and how? This context is important for hiring managers.
Why Resumes Matter to Employers
Social media, artificial intelligence software and LinkedIn profiles offer great tools to see your relevant skills, but a resume summarizes everything into a neat little package. An employer must be able to see what skills you have, the timing of those skills, and what you accomplished with your skills in a particular environment to know if you're the perfect fit for the position. That's why companies use resumes as an effective evaluation tool to determine a person's viability for a position.
Your resume may not look like it did 10 years ago thanks to modern technology. However, formatting a relevant document is still important even though employers can find out plenty of information through Facebook, applicant trackers, online applications and LinkedIn profiles.
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