The evolution of the first impression

Paper resumés haven’t died – they’re still a valuable step in recruitment
By Kelly Dixon
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/17/2012

There has been a lot of talk about the future of the job search and how the traditional resumé as we know it may be on its way out. The theory is resumés will be replaced by online branding strategies such as video resumés, online portfolios, infographics and social networking profiles.

In one sense, this is true. New technologies are constantly giving people fresh options for connecting and sharing information. Generation Y uses the web differently from previous cohorts. Social networking sites are how members of this generation interact and how recruiters need to reach out to them.

And this is true beyond just gen Y — new tools are constantly expanding and accelerating the reach of everyone’s connections online. It is now easier than ever to meet more people faster. In that sense, the resumé is being replaced by many as the first point of contact between an employer and candidate.