I had to share that a comment I posted on Forbes on the question "Is The Traditional Resume Dying?" was selected or to use their terminology, it was "called out." Hope you enjoy it also!
" I have heard of the impending demise of the much-maligned resume for years! And
yet that resilient document manages to hang on and even evolve into graphic and robust accomplishment-based resumes. There are some problems with the online non-resume resume. Not every home boasts a computer yet, and not every job-hunter holds a smart phone in hand. And then there are those who prefer some anonymity and shy away from the transparency of a web presence (yes, even Gen-Xers!). Lastly, there is HR's need for paper trails that justify the hire - would HR's file grow fat with pages of screen shots or an entire web presence documentation? It seems to me that the issue is not with the resume itself, as a two or three page synopsis seems preferable to printing multiple pag
es of web participation. It is with not knowing what that document must hold to prove value. I am a professional resume writer, and know for a fact that my clients - from new grads to senior leaders
- reliably land interviews with a well-written and strategic resume. Value is not evident when one relies on a resume that lists accountabilities; value is communicated when one composes a resume that relates a person's performance and productivity to profits or reputation. There is power in the written word, and two pages of strategic and thoughtful composition can absolutely out-perform pages and pages of Tweeting and Facebooking. And even a personal webpage and LinkedIn profile must be well-written to attract attention. No, the resume is not dead or even dying in my opinion. It is dying no more than the written word is dying, even though journalism is undergoing a transformation. "La plus c'est change ..."