The trend has been the same since the late 20th century: a company posts a job in a newspaper or online, you apply for it by sending your detailed resume – occasionally alongside a cover letter – and you hope to be selected for an interview and eventually accepted for the job. Sounds easy, right?
But actually resumes are absolutely despised by both parties: applicants have to try every trick in the book to beat their deadly competition – often resulting in more than a little exaggeration – while recruiters have to study hundreds of such documents and decide the quality of people without even meeting them face to face. This is why many believe that the age of the paper resume should come to an end, or at least it has to undergo radical changes.
And the future promises exactly that.
A Truly Resume-Less Future?
Sorry, but no. Although creating and reviewing a resume can be really annoying, trends show that we are not getting rid of it anytime soon. Companies still need to filter candidates somehow – on their own or with the aid of advanced applicant tracking systems – and you still have to prove that you are more than qualified for the job. So the question is whether both parties are ready for the resume revolution or if they prefer sticking to traditions. Although there is nothing wrong with paper resumes and the regular recruitment process, it will no doubt eventually fade away to be replaced by something innovative and less tedious.
The Future of Paper Resumes
Although modern changes can already be used on recent resumes (such as links and QR codes, photo-less CVs and the like) researchers think that sooner or later we have to learn to express ourselves in a Twitter-like fashion, meaning that future applicants will have to explain everything about themselves in under a single page. And due to such limits, applicants must also convey the message in a simple yet straightforward manner, sticking only to the most relevant information and the bare minimum.
Another aspect of these shortened resumes is that complementary profiles will be of more importance than ever. This means that creating a portfolio, a separate site, a blog or even a LinkedIn page will be almost obligatory in order to be able to properly showcase what you have accomplished. In this way resumes of the future will revolve around your personal achievements, all of which will need to be proven some way – and a page with all your projects and so on is more than enough.
Video: The Next Step in Resume Revolution
The shortening of the regular paper resume is a good start, but it still doesn’t eliminate the biggest disadvantage of a CV: soullessness. Although a resume can be written in a convincing manner, recruiters and employers still have no idea about who you really are until they meet you in person. This is why creative applicants are already submitting their resumes in video format where they are able to properly present themselves and while also satisfying the requirements of a CV. So it’s more than logical for both parties to shift their focus to shorter video resumes instead of digging through sheets of paper, perhaps even uploading to a future ‘business YouTube’ in much the same way that LinkedIn is the ‘Facebook for businesses’.
Video CV Example by Mark Leruste
A video CV has plenty of advantages, including the fact that the recruiter has full control over the process: they can skip parts of your video resume or rewind to have another listen to something you said. Additionally, the employer gets an even better impression of your communication skills and how well you speak another language if you wish to show off your language knowledge. And to top it all, applicants have even more ways to impress the future employer with their creativity, further showcasing their talent and, ultimately, landing them the job.
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