When Will Resumes Die?

At some point, people will be evaluated based on their online brand. At that time, the resume will finally die. 

I already do this when I evaluate new employees. There is a wealth of information already out.

  • Google search 
  • Blog content — great overview of the person’s knowledge and personality
  • Conference presentations / publications on the web (Slideshare, etc.)
  • Community participation
  • Social participation and profiles (Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, etc.)
  • Live tweeting and blog coverage of person’s presentations/talks
  • Any content curation the person does 

Anything else?

Rishi Dave

Rishi Dave

Executive Director at Dell
I am the Executive Director of Digital Marketing at Dell. In this role, I have global responsibility for implementing marketing, lead generation, and content strategies for Dell.com, social media, communities, and mobile, and I manage the digital support of Dell events for Dell’s B2B segments. I was named one of the 2012 & 2013 Top Digital Marketers by B2B Magazine.
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6 Comments on "When Will Resumes Die?"

  1. DavidMc068 says:

    How about some work product that is not published? I think a lot of items I expect a team member to be able to produce are not the sort of thing we ordinarily think of including in our online profiles or posting in public portals. Things like work plans, client proposals, difficult communications, problem solving. And my other question is do you feel like online recommendations replace references, or just reference letters?Great post. Drives home the importance of spending more time on those profiles created hurriedly to join s specific conversation or view someone else’s post.

  2. Rishi Dave says:

    Great point. I wouldn’t think of unfinished work product as a resume, per se. It would be a logical ask for a perspective employer.Online recommendations could definitely replace references in places like Linked In. A potential employer could always contact that recommender for more information via Linked In. If it was a legitimate endorsement, he/she should be happy to talk further.Online brand is very important!

  3. Laura Thomas says:

    I’d certainly like to see the day when the resume goes away – am amazed when recruiters approach me via LinkedIn, then ask me to send a resume or fill out an application on their web site.

  4. Rishi Dave says:

    Laura — that is funny!

  5. Andrew Jackson says:

    Marketeers, alomst certainly, but other professions – clinicians, lawyers?

  6. Rishi Dave says:

    Andrew — I think so! They will be judged on the online ratings of their services. I am sure there are lots of sites like that allow people to rate their lawyers and doctors.

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