Turn on the Internet and people see time and time again that resumes and cover letters are dead…they are no longer…you don’t need them…don’t worry about writing them…that’s not true. No longer are they the only way you will get a job, but are job seeking tools that must exist with additional vital tools, such as LinkedIn, personal networking, (business cards in hand), the Internet, phone calls, emails, and recruiters/headhunters. Often, resumes are required for job fairs, to meet with headhunters, and put online to existing and potential openings to companies of interest.
Hiring managers need facts and specifics. They need job histories, education, licenses, skills and experience. Since ATS—Applicant Tracking Software—is the first stop in response to an open job ad, it needs a resume to read and compare. Since HR gatekeepers are often the first point of human contact, they must be able to compare the job description to the resume along with the other applicants. An HR assistant tasked with finding openings for technical positions needs to match unfamiliar words.
In a person’s lifetime, scholarly sorts estimate people will average holding jobs in 12 different areas. For future job A, certain experience would fit best. For future job B, other experience would fit best, etc. Successful resumes are tailored to specific positions and are the place to highlight that experience. A LinkedIn profile can never explain all of this, nor can a general discussion with a recruiter or hiring manager. Terrific LinkedIn profiles promote a professional on a greater level: strengths, personality, experience, and paint a clear picture as how they are poised for success in the future.
Additionally, resumes are vital for people looking to tap into a new career area; it’s a place to help others share a job seeker’s vision by easily transitioning former experience into relevant context. Showcasing past accomplishments can be crucial to getting a company to take a chance and hire someone for a totally new position. A resume is a phenomenal place to add those accomplishments; put achievements in black and white. In tandem, a cover letter is a phenomenal place to showcase how a job seeker appreciates the future company and shares their mission and vision. Well formatted and written resumes and cover letters add another dimension to a job seeker’s professionalism, integrity, and ability to communicate and never accept less than the best. I can’t promise they’ll be needed until the end of time. But for now, create a resume and make sure it rocks.
“May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.” Psalm 25:21
Thank you for reading.
Beth Husom, www.wordsmattermn.com