I love recruiting! I love meeting new people, learning about why they do what they do and *hopefully* gaining knowledge from them as I go. In the last several years, I have found that a common question keeps coming up in my conversations with candidates:
Here, I’ve narrowed down the top 5 reasons a resume still matters, even in today’s world of multiple online profiles.
1 . Offers insight as to what you want to do with your career.
Think of a resume as a mission statement on where you want to grow and what you want to do. No, I’m not talking about just the objective statement in a resume. Looking at a good chronological resume can show recruiters and potential hiring managers where you’ve come from and where you want to go. If you are currently a full stack web developer, but came from a background in design, hiring managers can see the development you do is closely linked to a passion for design.
2. VMS Systems can’t take a LinkedIn profile or a StackOverflow account.
Like them or hate them, they are a part of life in the recruiting and hiring world and they can’t take them. If you don’t have a resume, you’re electing to be taken out of the running for some of the best opportunities.
3. It’s your time to brag.
Yes, a StackOverflow account is a sample some of your expertise and GitHub can show off some of the work that you have actually done, but a resume allows you to expand on why you have so much experience in a certain technology and build on how you developed the code that you wrote. It’s also your chance to have an uninterrupted statement on who you are.
Do you remember exactly what you were doing 5 yrs ago on a day to day basis? Unless you have the memory of an elephant, probably not. Constantly updating your resume to reflect what you are doing is going to help you remember and reflect on past experiences much better. Think of it as an on-going and professional journal of sorts that you can list your accomplishments!
5. Hiring managers still love them.
That’s right, even though a GitHub actually shows the work that you’re doing, LinkedIn offers your chronological work history, StackOverflow shows what your areas of expertise are and a personal website is your fancy way to shine, the vast majority of Hiring Managers still want to see that updated resume to hold or view as they talk with you. Let’s face it: the fewer barriers of entry to get on a hiring manager’s good side, the better!
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