Is the Traditional Resume Obsolete?

Social Networking & Alternative Resumes Are Becoming the Norm

Parting with Tradition

For most of us, working on a resume is pretty uninspiring stuff. Fire up Microsoft Word, search for synonyms for “experience,” fiddle with the spacing until everything is lined up just so. Should the font be Arial or Times New Roman? 12-point or 11-point?

But because we live in the digital age, there are a few brave souls among us who are turning the tedious traditional resume into something a little more creative and compelling. Personal branding websites, video resumes and social networking profiles are becoming increasingly valid ways for job seekers to distinguish their applications from the standard piles of ivory resume paper.

When you absolutely have to stand out for a job, many people believe resumes that blend in with the rest of the pack have rendered traditional paper resumes obsolete.