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Are Resumes Still a Thing in 2020?

Katie Reilly
August 18th, 2020 · 3 min read

The job searching game has been undergoing big changes in the last five years. The traditions that guided our parents are no longer the go-to traditions that guide us. And that also goes for the resume.

The way that we discover jobs, reach out to employers, and participate in interviews have all had a hand in shifting what we once considered the traditional resume. So it begs to question- are resumes still a thing?

Yes and no. Here’s why:

The Traditional Company Resume

More traditional companies still want a resume when considering a candidate. They have been conducting business successfully in this way, and will likely continue to do so for some time. However, the look of the resume has since shifted into something more concise and easy to understand at a glance. Where once you would feature the entirety of your work history, you now pick and choose which jobs best represent the roles you are applying for. This is because, unlike past generations, we are likely to work twice as many different jobs within the same time span.

It’s All Online

Our generation is more fluid and open to switching jobs on a semi-consistent basis in order to find one we love best. With this fluidity comes a different kind of resume - an online one. Sites like LinkedIn and personal websites allow for a space to create and feature a digital resume. These digital resumes are often a cross between a CV and a portfolio, and very unlike the traditional resume that is one page long. With the online space, they don’t have to be.

Online resumes allow for constant updates and additions as they happen. This kind of continuous adding gives a better, more vivid picture of the candidate. These online resumes also often include portfolio links to additional projects, photography, writing, or marketable skills that an employer can browse through.

A Bit of Personality

Online resumes and portfolios have additional benefits, as well. LinkedIn features a space where you can ask past employers or coworkers to write recommendations, speaking to your personality and highlighting your strengths. They offer quizzes on specific subjects to further highlight your knowledge, and offer a space to list your skills and gather endorsements from others on them.

Online portfolios also allow you to better network. LinkedIn is a strong contestor when it comes to networking for a job. Here you can search people by company, look into any connections from past employment or your alma mater that might give you a foot in. Networking and searching for internal referrals has never been easier, or more important.

In Short, Now You Need More Than A Resume

So while traditional resumes are a thing of the past, a ‘resume’ is still asked for on most job applications. But this is the new kind of resume - the kind that is short and sweet, concise, and full of eye-appeasing white space. Job applications want your resume and a link to your LinkedIn and any additional portfolios you have online. If you don’t have an online CV or portfolio, take the time to make one. This will be a game-changer in the currently very competative job market. Most work these days is done online, so it is easy to pull links to past projects to share with future employers. Create a CV on sites like LinkedIn, Indeed, Hired, Dice, CareerBuilder, and Monster (and then connect all of your accounts to Alcamine so that jobs from these sites show up all in one place)!

Here are some further resources on how to rework your resume and create an online portfolio:

  • What Your Resume Should Look Like
  • LinkedIn Tips and Tricks
  • Creating a Portfolio

And remember, you don’t have to continue your job search on your own. Use Alcamine to put your job boards all in one place and keep job spam out of your inbox. Check out our other blogs, including 6 Ways to Help You Nail a Digital Interview, and Shred It!, which features different types of resumes with constructive feedback to help your resume shine!

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