As social networks, online bios and infographics take hold, recruiters are now treating resumes like cover letters of the past. Submit your resume and be guaranteed the recruiter will first Google your name and review your LinkedIn profile before deciding to contact you.
According to Recruiting Trends, within 3 years every professional in the US will be on LinkedIn. LinkedIn adds two new users every second! If you ignore setting up a LinkedIn profile, recruiters will think you don’t exist. And just opening a LinkedIn account isn’t enough. If your profile is not complete, it will be more difficult for employers to find you.
So will resumes disappear altogether? I don’t think so anytime soon. For those who apply via company websites, you will still need a traditional resume; but that may not be enough. You need to think about developing an online presence, whether that be blogging or commenting on others blogs to demonstrate your thought leadership or having a Slide Share presentation on your LinkedIn profile highlighting your technical expertise related to your career field.
You might even consider creating your own Slide Share resume like this young professional did. http://www.slideshare.net/iskaya27/social-media-resume-is. Or check out OmniGraffle or Freemind , two resume infographic resources where you can create your own visual resume.
Next time you are on the Internet, try Googling your name to see what you find. If there is no footprint, you have some work to do. Your resume is simply not enough to attract the attention of employers these days. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.