It’s amazing how technology that makes it easier to read is so often used to announce the death of a medium. From newspapers to novels, people are reading more than ever and yet we hear about the death of publishing. Publishing isn’t dying – it’s just changing. You can say the same thing for the resume.
At Pandodaily.com, there is an editorial on two new job hunting services that are putting resume’s in the cross hairs:
Last week the new job-application app Apploi launched, claiming to be the “job application: reinvented,” and today GroupTalent went live, matching contract-to-hire placements via an “e-Harmony-like algorithm.” Both want to end the daily job-searching grind: perform Internet search, find job you might like, write cover letter, send it with resume, pray, rinse, repeat.
Both of these services seem to be changing something that basically isn’t broken…from the front end. What the editorial doesn’t address is the problem that they are trying to solve from the back end. Wouldn’t it be great to sort through candidates using common attributes. What does maximun number of years experience do to salary? Does a specific skill come only with less experienced job candidates? Should working for a competitor be ranked higher?
By creating a uniform input, these services are attempting to create an ‘apples to apples’ comparison among candidates. But the problem is that candidates aren’t apples. Or oranges. Or aardvarks. Differences in resumes are important. How a candidate chooses to present themselves is almost as important as what information they are conveying. And how employers choose to view those choices matters as well. Afterall, a successful resume or workplace or even an entire company is more than a bundle of skills.
Getting back to the publishing analogy, many newspapers fell flet when they only saw the web as a way to promote their printed content. They failed to see that their customers valued the content and not the medium. The same can be said for the evolution of the resume online. Should it be easier to match job requirements to skills, yes. Should it be easier for employers to sort, tag, and prioritize resumes, absolutely. But do we need candidates to scrap their self created profile for a series of multiple choice questions?
c.) Ask me in ten years…