What is an integral part of the hiring process?
A Resume, of course.
But did you know that the existence of resume is from the 1440’s?
So how and who invented the resume?
Leonardo Da Vinci was one of the first persons to use resumes. In the year 1482, Leonardo da Vinci wrote a letter to the Duke of Milan in an attempt to gain his patronage and support. His letter listed his skills and experience to his potential patron, which we all do in the modern world to our potential employers.
Apart from the long history, Resume is a very important piece of document for anyone looking for a job, no matter what the job title.
While the format of Resume has greatly changed since the 20th Century. From a piece of paper to a digital document we have seen it all.
But the main question lies, Will Resume die in the coming years?
Many Futurists claim that Resume is dying & even death. I strongly disagree with this though!
Resume Writing is not dying anytime soon.
While the process of creating it and the format would change in the coming ages but the whole existence and necessity of it aren’t dying anytime soon.
Here are my reasons to back my statement -
1. Companies Still require it
Most of the companies, be it small or big still require a resume early in the hiring process. It’s often the first point of communication between the company and the candidate.
Of Course, the number of unqualified resumes received for a particular position is growing in number, but that doesn’t mean resumes are dead.
You can solve this problem by using a Resume Parser. Resume Parsing is a process where the unstructured form of data is converted into structured form.
It saves time and money too.
2. LinkedIn and Resume
Many people think that after platforms like LinkedIn, resumes have lost its value.
But LinkedIn and Resumes are different.
This is the reason why you will still need a resume when applying for a job on LinkedIn (Easy Apply Feature).
GlassDoor says -
At the end of the day, you need both – a resume and LinkedIn. However, there is a marriage between the two that many people overlook.
Moreover, LinkedIn owns LinkedIn, including all the rules and regulations. They have their own way of showing things and might decide or might not show a particular field.
Whereas a Resume is a piece of document that you own yourself and you can format it as you want.
3. Different Formats
The format of Resume has significantly changed since the inception of resumes in 1480’s.
From a written resume to a video resume, we have seen it all.
The concept of video resume came from an episode of How I Met Your Mother in 2009. You can see the video below.
AdWeek says -
These days the job market is getting tougher and tougher and applicants are trying to get creative in order to stand out from the rest of the job-seeking crowd. Video Resume definitely looks like the future.
Video resume helps the HR know more than just your qualifications, but your body language, confidence etc.
But even with the various advantages of video resumes, no HR has the time go through a video when they could just skim through a resume.
Apart from Videos, there are many Portfolio websites that are being used in place of a resume.
While the above two must be pleasing to the eye, the traditional resume format is not going anywhere anytime soon.
This is because these formats have their own big pitfalls in comparison to a traditional resume which doesn't.
The main problem with resumes is not resumes but mainly with volume.
According to a study -
A job opening receives an average of 250 resumes. This is just an average number, think about the number of resumes a large company would receive.
A lot of manpower and money are wasted by companies by going through Resumes manually. And when 85% of the resumes are unqualified this problem even increases.
Volume is just one part of the problems of manual screening. Even if you deal with this huge volume manually, human errors and bias come into play, which no company would want.
What are the problems with Manual Resume Screening?
Even with all the advancements in the process of hiring, I see no reason why resumes will die in the future.
What do you think?
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