Beyond the textual resume


 The internet is periodically abuzz with news of the impending death of the text-based resume. "Are you still using a textual resume?" asked a recent article headline."Your text resume is soooo last century" claimed another headline.

But is that true? Here's a sample of the visual, graphic or infographic resume. It's eye candy, and striking, true, but as for content? It's fluff and flirtation.

It's bare-bones at best, and a lost opportunity at the worst. "I know things" doesn't proclaim any level of expertise in the field to which the person is applying.

Anyone who chooses to use this version of "resume" for uploading to a job posting has lost the chance for an interview as Applicant Tracking Systems, those programmed resume "readers," are unable to decipher a visual resume.

This style of resume would be appropriate as a hand-shared teaser, and that's about it!

A few years ago video resumes were all the rage, but that soon died. What recruiter has time to watch multiple videos? Most resumes can be quickly scanned in mere seconds, but a video has no scannability; it must be watched in its entirety. The other issue is that unless you're a natural in front of the camera, and have a makeup artist, vocal coach, and wardrobe consultant, your video is likely to come across as amateurish.

The good old text-based resume is alive and well and not yet in any death throes. And why shouldn't it survive? There is power in the written word! But as I've said before, if you don't use it well, you risk losing your audience's interest.

- taking text-based resume content from mediocre to "wow," Stephanie