The Social Resume – Hype or Tripe?

10-creative-social-media-resumes-to-learn-from-7d4f3e7016I recently hosted the #animalchat show on twitter and we held a twitter debate on this very media subject.

Is the current emphasis on the new wave  “social resume” just a rose by another name or does it really get people the job?

Does it take place of the traditional typed resume and cover letter or are we giving both job hunters and recruiters just more “stuff” to work on and to put in the waste bin folder?

How much time do we have to prepare and look at all of the paraphernalia?

We all know we are in the technology age but really! Is the only way to get a job by being on Facebook, Utube, Google, Twitter or LinkedIn etc?

Has the “paper CV” died and gone forever? Is the only way to get a job by being a techie geek?

References have always been a key part of the interview process but have the latest developments of “endorsing people” on LinkedIn proven to be of any value?

How many people are endorsing you that you even know. Human nature probably gets you to accept those endorsements anyway.

Those recommendations on LinkedIn! How often are you being asked by people you know little about to give you recommendations. They are also kind enough to give you a script for what to say.

LinkedIn will tell you it’s about the numbers of connections. Why because on the principle of “big data” it will lead you to that someone you need to connect with.

When we hear about craft skills shortages in business today – the welders, the CNC operators and so on, the people who actually make things with their hands, what are we asking of them?

Seems to me that recruiters are building more and more sophisticated catchy and yes gimmicky platforms on the hope that they “the job hunters” will come.

Lets have your comments and thoughts on this one.

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Managing Director - Human Capital Europe and USA - My ability is to recognize ingrained assumptions and patterns of operation that aren’t productive, and offer practical, cost-effective and value-based solutions.

Posted on March 13, 2013, in HRMexplorer Blogs. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Peter, is there, or should there be one web site where those looking for work post their “CV” by profession, trade or industrial category? The site could get funding by advertising Companies and or Recruiters!

    • Great idea, thanks for the suggestion.

      • No problem! Also if you are interested, I have just about finished my first E book titled Case Denied. I use the Pen Name JW Mica even though the writings are Fiction, there is a lot of non-fiction laced thought the book. Also starting another short story called “Life Profit or Loss” and I have posted what I have so far in my blog , you can also find the intro to my Case Denied book, and chapter one at
        My next book is going to be about my dealings with the HR department at all of the carriers I worked for in my 35 years in the claims profession. It will be fiction, but again laced with some non fiction information. I think the title will be “Human Resources Friend or Foe?”

        Take care!


      • Thanks Jeff, I will certainly look your material up.

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