I spoke at a conference five years ago in which I declared, “resumes suck.” The context was about over-inflated resumes filled with key words, and on the other side, employers who dismiss great talent based on a piece (or ten) of paper. In short, resumes needed to be retired and replaced with a more dynamic way of matching talent with needs.
Yet in 2018, we will still ask for traditional resumes and expect internal and external recruiters to work magic when it comes to attracting high-demand talent and needed skill sets. WHY?!?
Let’s go back to why resumes suck. From a recent FastCompany article:
Technology has changed the marketplace, and HR is the only vertical that hasn’t seen a rapid transition, says Carisa Miklusak, CEO of the algorithmic hiring platform tilr. “Right now tech isn’t giving people a fair opportunity to compete,” she says. “Before you blame the resume, you need to understand that they’re a byproduct of old employer values. Titles and years of experience are no longer a person’s number-one currency.”
- Put an emphasis on titles – We all know titles mean different things in different organizations. Plus, there’s the continued movement to be creative with titles, such as “Chief Happiness Officer”, “Director of First Impressions”, “Ambassador of Buzz”.
- Are static – And who out there wants to update their resume every month?!!
- Don’t identify on-demand talent – No gig worker is going to put a resume in your ATS and expect to be called for a project need.
- Slow up the process – Which is why 87 percent of recruiters use LinkedIn and other social tools. The rest…well, they must live on an island with very poor internet connectivity.
- Highlight experiences over results - We need to be looking for skills and how those skills generated results. Not how many years someone has worked in “X” industry/role.
In addition to needing to identify the results of someone’s work, millions of people will be acquiring new skills that may have nothing to do with their past occupation or experience.
From McKinsey: 75 million to 375 million may need to switch occupational categories and learn new skills.
The future of work is here. We are in an ever-evolving era of a new workforce in which technology and where and how people want to work will impact how successful an organization will be. Freelancers, Gig Workers, On-Demand Talent, Independent Consultants are all a huge chunk of this new workforce and bring needed skill sets in a just-in-time scenario. Our people strategies need to progress and will require a non-traditional approach.
How HR leaders adapt their people strategies to identify and harness talent and skills will be paramount to their own success, not to mention their organizations.
And the ability to pull off that strategy won’t show up in a traditional resume.
Full post originally published on hrQ blog.