Why you still need a resume
Most employers still want a resume from job applicants.
It’s true that recruiters can now “Google” you as part of their search process. And tools like LinkedIn do allow you to create something similar to a resume. But you still need a resume. Here’s why:
- Your resume serves a different purpose than an online profile. Its main purpose is to get you an interview. Your LinkedIn profile is first and foremost a networking tool.
- It has a long tradition other tools don’t. Resumes have been used for years and are an expected part of the job search process. You’ll almost always be asked for one.
- It’s more flexible than other tools. While there’s a lot you can do with an online profile, a resume is still easier to target to a specific job or opportunity.
- It’s more portable than online profiles. When you’re networking or at a job fair, for example, it’s nice to have a document you can pull out and share with others.
- It may offer a more fair and objective screening process. Because online profiles can contain photos and other personal content, the review process may be more biased.
As you can see, your resume remains a key marketing document and an essential part of your job search toolkit. In fact, the work you do in preparing it will serve you well in all your job search activities, from networking to interviews and beyond.
For ideas on creating a great resume that gets results, see Resume Strategies and Do Your Research.