Disappearing Act – OfficeTeam Survey Says Four in 10 Managers Believe Online Profiles Will Replace Resumes

Feb 17, 2011 | Corporate Member News

Is the traditional resume going the way of the dinosaur? Some human resources (HR) managers interviewed recently by OfficeTeam think so. More than four in 10 respondents (43 per cent) said it’s at least somewhat likely resumes will eventually be replaced by profiles on social and business networking sites.

The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 150 HR managers at companies with 20 or more employees.

HR managers were asked, “In your opinion, how likely is it that profiles on networking sites, such as LinkedIn and Facebook, will replace traditional resumes in the future?” Their responses:

Very likely 11%
Somewhat likely 32%
Not very likely 34%
Not at all likely 21%
Don’t know/no answer 3%

*Responses do not total 100 per cent due to rounding.

“The resume continues to be an important job-hunting tool, but it’s also useful for professionals to create online profiles that highlight their expertise and qualifications,” said OfficeTeam executive director Robert Hosking. “As hiring managers turn increasingly to the Internet for information about prospective hires, job seekers should keep their online profiles current and behave professionally in the digital space.”

OfficeTeam offers five tips for creating an impressive online profile: 

1.  Get the picture. Make sure photos that are visible in your profiles and on social media sites are professional. Untag yourself or adjust your privacy settings to limit who can see certain images.

2.  Show your star qualities. Provide employers with a clear sense of your capabilities by posting information about your work history and highlighting key accomplishments on sites like LinkedIn. Sharing your personal interests and hobbies on Facebook also can help people relate to you more easily.

3.  Talk the talk. Incorporate key industry terms to describe your skills, specialties and positions of interest so hiring managers can more easily find you online.

4.  Make the right connections. Be selective about who you allow into your social networks because potential employers may contact these individuals for insights on you. Your contacts also could alert you to job openings.

5.  Keep it fresh. Regularly update your profile and be active professionally. Post useful advice or comment on articles on LinkedIn and industry forums.

Additional tips for presenting yourself professionally using digital tools can be found in Business Etiquette: The New Rules in a Digital Age (www.roberthalf.us/BusinessEtiquette), a new guide from OfficeTeam’s parent company, Robert Half.

About OfficeTeam

OfficeTeam is a leading staffing service specializing in the temporary placement of highly skilled office and administrative support professionals. The company has more than 320 locations worldwide and offers online job search services at http://www.officeteam.com/.

For further information: OFFICETEAM, 181 Bay St., Suite 820, Toronto, ON, M5J 2T3, Contact: Nadia Santoli, (416) 350-2330, [email protected]

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