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No More Resumes, Say Some Firms


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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