Your eyes are hazy from the hours of tweaking, spell checking, and reviewing every detail of your resume. It’s so far past midnight you’re practically waiting for the sun to peak up over the horizon. If you hear even one more infomercial from the television quietly playing in the background, your head will literally explode.
Resumes are already overly time-consuming. All that wasted time is spent looking back at previous jobs. Why are we forced to put so much importance on past events in an age where society is constantly looking ahead toward the future?
Two Job Search Scenarios:
Let’s say you’re the manager of an inventive up-and-coming online marketing company (haha…couldn’t help myself.) You aren’t going through a hiring freeze, but you also don’t have any positions you are actively trying to fill. This is where most companies fall into.
Job Search With a Resume:
A professionally dressed woman stops by your office looking for a job. She introduces herself, hands her resume to you, and leaves after a few minutes of talking. Even though her resume looks pristine, it’s immediately placed in a stack with twenty other resumes that were dropped off over the past month.
Job Search Without a Resume:
Another woman stops by and asks if you have a minute to sit and talk with her. She doesn’t bring a resume, but she does have a folder with a few papers. She has followed your company and has seen an area she feels can be improved. She then shows a specific example to back up her claim. Finally, she talks about how she can personally improve this area and shows you the actual amount of money that your company will save by employing her.
One of these women spent all her time formatting the perfect resume. The other didn’t bring one because she spent her time researching your company and ways she could personally provide a benefit. Which of these two women would you hire?
Future Resume and Job Search Implications:
The marketing industry is continually looking two steps down the road. Chances are, it’ll be these forward-thinking industries that will first embrace this shift. Overall, the world of human resources won’t change overnight. People will still ask for your resume. What should change is where the majority of your time is spent during your job hunt process. Focus your job search efforts on how your specific contributions will help the businesses you’re applying for. Be the first person to show these companies just how outdated resumes really are.
Brian Rogel is the CEO of Synactable an Online Marketing & Public Relations Company in Charleston, SC. Contact him by leaving a message below or tweet him at @BrianRogel