July 21, 2014

The Résumé is Dead, Long Live the Résumé

LinkedIn, and Facebook, and Dice, oh my!

The Résumé is Dead, Long Live the Résumé

Professional networking site LinkedIn is the leading social media venue for career networking and recruiting alike. The concise display of Experience, Education, Skills, and Projects, peppered with Endorsements and Recommendations, ensures easy accessibility and searchability in a well-packaged graphic format.

 

Monster, Dice, CareerBuilder, The Ladders, Glassdoor, Execunet, etc. all offer a digital compendium of candidate’s qualifications. Not only can you search for jobs, but recruiters and hiring managers can use keyword search to land on your profile. One click applications make it easy peasy lemon squeezy to apply for a job.

 

Personal websites, GitHub, Slideshare, and visual résumé sites, all offer personal vehicles of expression for your story, your apps/code, your publications, your projects, and your curriculum vitae. And any recruiter worth their salt, has mad google x-ray search skills that will bring hither all kinds of rare talent finds.

 

Social recruiting is the buzzword of choice these days. Bullhorn Reach, Jobvite, Tweet a Job, Facebook apps for job searching. It is mind-numbing how many social networks exist and no one can be everywhere. So if everything is on the web, the résumé must be dead. … Right?

 

Wrong.

 

All of the above are important communication and networking tools, to be utilized with finesse, creativity, and professionalism. Nonetheless the Applicant Tracking Systems that companies and recruiters use cannot absorb all of these various media and formats. Most still process mostly standard résumé formats.

 

And while everyone’s social media presence had better be up to snuff, developers’ GitHub portfolio full, and Sales executives’ SlideShow presentations ready to go, the likelihood is that you’ll still need to email or upload a résumé at some point.

 

While the internet is just a click away, perusing a résumé when you are screening candidates, making interview selections, and checking references is easier than chasing down information in multimedia presentations and other sites.

 

Even if recruiters were the last to want a résumé, guess who is in charge of screening and selecting you! So differentiate yourself, augment your professional brand via the social and professional networks, take advantage of the awesome new technologies available, but keep that résumé handy. Long live the résumé!

 

About the Author:

Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications Manager, brings together in-the-trenches recruiting experience as well as years of marketing and sales success in a variety of industries from software to real estate development. She thrives on evangelizing the Redfish brand and communicating Redfish’s expert recruiting services, to drive bottom line results.
 

About Redfish Technology:

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September 23, 2013

1,000 Strong: Senior Tech Sales and Engineering Pros Following Redfish Technology on LinkedIn

1,000 Strong: Senior Tech Sales and Engineering Pros Following Redfish Technology on LinkedIn

LinkedIn Follower Demographics by Function

LinkedIn Follower Demographics by Function

Redfish Technology – Nationwide Tech Recruiters – announces that it has surpassed 1,000 followers on the LinkedIn Company page. The bulk of those engaging with Redfish are sales and engineering senior-level, managers, or directors in IT and software sectors.

 

As the premiere online community for professionals to network, LinkedIn offers a robust follower community where professionals engage, referrals are made, valuable content is shared, and business leads are generated and relationships strengthened.

 

“Our LinkedIn Company Page provides weekly updates on our career opportunities and hiring priorities, as well as engaging with hiring managers on best practices in talent acquisition,” affirms Rob Reeves, President and CEO of Redfish Technology. “LinkedIn is the main place online where technology professionals can engage directly with our expert recruiters to get advice and information on trends.” (more…)

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June 18, 2012

May 14, 2012

Puffing, padding, lying, – What a yahoo!

Puffing, padding, lying, -

What a yahoo!

 

The Merriam-Webster Online defines the noun yahoo as a boorish, crass, or stupid person. And while we certainly wouldn’t want to call former Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson a yahoo, he did make a very stupid decision.

 

How his bio dating back to his PayPal tenure came to include a computer science degree from Stonehill College is still unclear. This fictitious degree has replicated itself throughout two companies’ bios and into corporate documents recently filed with the SEC.

 

Scott Thompson tried to blame the introduction of the fictitious degree on the executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles. “We’ve are often asked to help candidates with resumes, to give feedback on organization, content, style,” said executive tech recruiter Rob Reeves, Redfish Technology. “However a recruiter would never add or invent information. It is absolutely an absurd claim.”

 

Ultimately, whether you puff, pad or lie, a day of reckoning will come. And the loss of credibility that comes on the day of reckoning will be severe. The collateral damage in this case is pretty large, disrupting a large company, interrupting focus on business, calling into question judgment, and undoubtedly damaging morale at Yahoo!.

 

Between the internet and background checks, it is never a good idea to puff or pad, and certainly never to lie. Interestingly, with the public-ization of resumes via the internet, especially sites like Linkedin, there has been an improvement in the honesty practiced on resumes.  At least in terms of prior work experience and responsibilities. This is according to a Cornell article “The Effect of Linkedin on Deception in Resumes” by Jamie Guillory and Jeffrey T. Hancock. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. March 2012.

 

“Compared with traditional resumes, Linkedin resumes were less deceptive about the kinds of information that count most to employers, namely an applicant’s prior work experience and responsibilities, but more deceptive about interests and hobbies.”

 

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June 15, 2011

Employers Beware: When Social Media Says Too Much…

Shannon Tinker

Shannon Tinker

Employers Beware:
When Social Media Says Too Much…

By Shannon Tinker

This month, Redfish explores the importance of background checks and references before extending a candidate a job offer. Responsible hiring decisions usually include basic steps to double-check that a candidate’s credentials are legit.  With an applicant’s consent, employers can quickly get reports about a candidate’s credit and criminal record, and this is perfectly legal. 

In addition to old school, traditional background and reference checks, employers now have access to data that would make even the most seasoned Private Investigator blush.  Social media has opened the playing field making it fairly easy to gather personal information about most of the computer using public.  Employers can learn a lot about a job seeker through her online profile, in fact, if they’re not careful, they can learn too much. (more…)

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