The Future of the Resume: What is the Purpose of a Resume and Do I Need One?
Categories: Future Of Work
July 26, 2022
Resumes are beginning to become obsolete in an increasingly digital world as recruiting technology and tools are constantly evolving. As a result, it is consistently more difficult to stand out from the crowd in high volume recruiting pools.
In a recent article entitled, Why Resumes Might Be Ineffective: A Better Strategy, Ryan Green highlights four core problems with resumes:
They invite unconscious bias
The standard resume is static
Candidates can lie or mislead
They are weighted towards experience over skills
At FindWRK, we’re embracing the future with our unique, stress-free and resume-free platform! The concept is simple. Instead of submitting a traditional resume, you create an online profile to share your interests, skills, experiences, and work preferences. This information is then used to connect you with the right businesses and opportunities. They’ll reach out directly with offers for you to get working. And voila – match made easy.
Meanwhile, most employers still request a resume to help narrow down applications and select the right candidate, at least for the foreseeable future. As we wait for the rest of the world to catch-up with us, here are some pro-tips to consider.
What is the Purpose of a Resume and What Does it Entail?
Key Words and Phrases
What is the purpose of a resume? A resume is intended to display one’s achievements, work experience, and skills in one document with the objective of using it to get a job. In today’s modern landscape more and more companies have the viewpoint that a hard copy or an electronic resume is completely obsolete. Did we mention the future is digital? The use of technology in the workforce cannot be overstated. Many companies now rely on applicant tracking systems (ATS) to screen candidates. Resumes must contain specific language in order to make the initial cut. This involves a thorough review of the job posting and company website, including the key words and phrases to leverage in your resume. Understanding the implications of an Applicant Tracking System and how it can negatively affect your job search read our article entitled What is an Applicant Tracking System and How Do I Beat the Bots?
Today’s employers are looking for quantifiable results, and numbers tell the true story of workplace achievement. Here’s an example. Rather than saying “Strong management skills” qualify this statement with numeric value, e.g., “Facilitated on-site training for 25 employees.” In other words, prove it! The more you can show instead of tell, the greater your chance to score an interview and land the job. In fact, when it comes to the most efficient resume approaches, 40% of candidates demonstrate results with numbers.
With FindWRK, the platform allows you to input a variety of information in order to make your profile stand out. Showcasing your skills helps you to get a job with employers that you want to work with. The more information you add to your profile increases your chances of an employer reaching out to you.
The Right Format for the Right Job
There are different schools of thought on how to successfully format your resume. Gone are the days of the generic resume and cover letter. Various templates are available online, but the best advice is to conduct industry-related research to determine the right format for the right job. An actor, for instance, will usually require a current resume and headshot to secure a role. Now imagine a construction worker applying to a job with that same resume and photograph? Or an actor auditioning in a hard hat and boots? For the most part, jobs have industry standards.
Take the guesswork out of how you should format your resume and jump into FindWRK. Gone are the days of constantly writing dozens of versions of your resume, simply create a profile and get discovered by real people looking for workers just like you.
Rule of KISS
Always remember the rule of KISS - Keep it Simple Sister (or Mister)! Some of the most common resume mistakes include the use of long paragraphs or texts and resumes that exceed 2 pages in length. Nobody has the time to read an autobiography when searching through numerous applications. Your resume should be concise and ‘skimmable’. A 1-page resume is ideal. Anything longer than 2 pages is a no-go.
Stop worrying about the length or content of your resume, all you need to do is upload your skills and work experience to your FindWRK profile and you can sit back and relax. We have hundreds of employer partners across Canada and the U.S. Whether you are looking for a foot in the door or a job in a new city, FindWRK helps employers find you.
So Really, What is the Purpose of a Resume?
In the modern job market, a resume is no longer an essential part of the job process. Modern recruiting tools are completely revamping the way that workers can find jobs. At FindWRK we want to humanize the job experience by increasing communication and collaboration between potential employees and employers.
Employers will reach out to you if they feel like you're the right fit. Are you ready to get started? Follow these simple steps and create a FindWRK profile:
1. Create a FindWRK profile
Let employers know what makes you special. Share your work preferences, availability, and experiences.
2. Let the jobs come to you
Employers access FindWRK with a position in mind, then use our search tool to find the right fit.
3. Get hired
Employers will reach out directly with interview options and offers to get you working, fast!