Creating a resume is easy; most likely anyone who has applied for casual, part-time or even full-time work has made one. Standing out from the crowd however, is hard. Being able to show who you really are, on a piece of paper, is nearly impossible.
In the age of the digital network, the archaic method of the resume is becoming obsolete. People don’t rely on a few sentences to get to know you, they check your Facebook, your Instagram, your Twitter, and for the professionals out there; LinkedIn profiles. These are the modern resumes, the way that employers should be looking for potential candidates.
Nowadays, many positions that are available, won’t get posted onto job boards such as SEEK or Career Builder. They are communicated through a network; through who you know. Job boards will most likely only be used once the recruiter has spent their network, and now look to the outside world for a potential candidate. Now imagine the recruiter were considering you for their position. If all you had to represent yourself was a piece of paper, wouldn’t you want to do more to showcase your abilities?
Resumes are out-dated.
They are an old-school way of showing an employer that you have what it takes to fulfil the position they are advertising. It used to be that you would be able to show up, with your resume in hand (sometimes a Cover Letter, if you wanted that extra edge), hand it in, or submit on-line, and you would hear back from the employers.
Resumes, no matter how creative, ultimately have very similar structures with little room for differentiation between yours and the next. Social networking tools such as LinkedIn add a layer of personalisation where professional connections and endorsements can be seen. While helpful, this doesn’t quite provide confidence in whether a candidate will be a good fit for your company.
This is a major reason, among others, why TeloInterview exists. Video interviews allow you to see the personality behind the resume. Answering spontaneous questions on video exposes the candidate and allows the employer to see how they work under pressure.