Wall Street Journal, January 24
Companies are increasingly relying on social networks such as LinkedIn, video profiles, social media content and online surveys to gauge candidates' suitability for a job. While most still request a resume as part of the application package, some are bypassing the time-tested requirement altogether. They claim that this process nets better-quality candidates, especially for positions based heavily in the Internet and social media. A resume, which doesn't provide much depth about a candidate, may not indicate what people are like to work with and how they think. Most importantly, recruiters note that a resume isn't the best way to determine whether a potential employee will be a good social fit for the company.
In times of high unemployment, bypassing resumes can help companies winnow out candidates from a broader labor pool. Specific questions are tailored to the position, aiding in the filtering process. Applicants have the option to attach a resume, but it isn't required. Postings for Internet-related positions might have applicants rate their marketing and social-media skills on a scale of one to 10 and select from a list of words how friends or co-workers would describe them.
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