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Survey: One-Third of Managers Believe
Online Profiles Will Replace Resumes
Is the traditional resume going
the way of the dinosaur?
Some human resources (HR) managers interviewed
recently think so. More than one-third (36 percent) of
respondents 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 staffing serv-
ice specializing in the placement of highly skilled administra-
tive professionals. It was conducted by an independent
research firm and is based on telephone interviews with
more than 500 HR managers at companies with 20 or more
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: 8%
Somewhat likely: 28%
Not very likely: 42%
Not at all likely: 21%
Don't know/no answer: 1%
"The resume continues to be an important job-hunting tool,
but it's also useful for professionals to create online pro-
files 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
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, spe-
cialties, 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
5. Keep it fresh.
Regularly update your profile and be active professionally.
Post useful advice or comment on articles on LinkedIn and
industry forums.
Source: OfficeTeam,