Is the Traditional Resume Obsolete?

Social Networking & Alternative Resumes Are Becoming the Norm

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If you've been ignoring LinkedIn, now is the time to log in and polish your profile. 

A recent survey by technology recruiting company Talent Technology found that 61 percent of respondents use the professional networking site to find potential employees. And more than one-third of employers think it likely that social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn will one day replace the traditional resume altogether, according to a survey by OfficeTeam, a division of recruiting firm Robert Half.

The companies that have used LinkedIn for recruiting include AOL, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Ernst and Young and Fidelity. The keys to using social networks effectively are maintain a professional image (no spring break photos!) and updating your information regularly.