Resumes are a key fixture in the job
application process. Job candidates spend hours perfecting each word and
recruiters use resumes as a first impression to narrow down top candidates. Necessary though they
are, resumes are simply pieces of paper in a digital world.
I'll take it one step further and say resumes are bad for business, not because of their content, but because of the transactional behaviors that they elicit from people and organizations. Think about it: On the employer side, resumes are used to kick start the conversation with potential candidates.
As individuals, we start that conversation with a piece of paper that in essence offers a two-dimensional highlight reel of ourselves. It’s the ‘most important stuff’ we believe someone, specifically a stranger, will care about.
Embrace the human side of HR
It seems backwards to me that we all know that relationships are so important in business, yet with all of the advancements in technology, the whole era of social media, the sheer volume of information and people that we all have access to each and every day — the traditional means of people and organizations finding each other is so transactional.
I was invited to speak at TEDxKanata last month about, you guessed it, why resumes are bad for business. The following presentation shares my personal journey into the world of talent acquisition, the purpose resumes serve in the modern world, why we should do more to embrace the relationship side of talent acquisition, and debunks the myths surrounding the seemingly insurmountable “war for talent”.
How can organizations do a better job to understand and embrace the human side of human resources?
How can individuals do a better job of showcasing their existence?
Leave your comments below and let’s have a conversation.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Jenna Sudds and the rest of the TEDxKanata team for putting together such an amazing event. I’d encourage you to check out all of the presentations on event’s YouTube channel.