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Is LinkedIn killing the traditional resume?

Matt Kapko | Feb. 26, 2015
The days of the traditional one-page resume may be numbered, but it's still not quite time to ditch those well-crafted, battle-tested documents. Recruiters and career development consultants say the resume is not dead; however, the LinkedIn profile has surpassed it in terms of importance to modern job seekers.

"It's going to fundamentally come down to the size of the organization," he says. "The larger the company, the more they need [resumes]."

Gordon and Gillis agree that it's important for every professional to polish, maintain and update their LinkedIn profiles, because colleagues, recruiters and hiring managers look at LinkedIn to better determine a person's progression and learn about their areas of expertise.

"It's incredibly important to be mindful of the fact that candidates can be more detailed on LinkedIn instead of a resume," Gordon says. "You do not want to distract from the impact of the work you do [or] have done and the things that make you the obvious choice for the role."

The Future of LinkedIn, Resumes

Gillis thinks LinkedIn's next move might be a more dramatic shift into human resources. "I think they could become the repository of people's personnel records, depending on how big and how secure the cloud becomes."

Until that happens, though, LinkedIn profiles and resumes will continue to fulfill different needs and maintain their symbiotic relationship — for better or for worse.

"Unless LinkedIn comes up with the most amazing platform where basically all of your questions can be answered — and don't think they won't, I think they can — you're going to have a need for a paper resume," Gillis says.

"When electric guitars came in, everybody said that's the death of the acoustic guitar," Gillis says. "[But] there's a need for both, and there always will be."


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