Photo by SanaSyedWhen was the last time you applied for a job? Do you remember the procedure? …Chances are you either mailed something in or filled out an electronic form that asked you generic questions. If you missed the opportunity to interview, did you question whether the ‘black-on-white’ represented you well at all? Chances are it didn’t because honestly you are more than black text on a white page…everyone is.
Well, some companies are starting to recognize that. Instead of asking for a resume, Union Square Ventures, a venture capital firm that has invested in companies like FourSquare and Twitter, is asking for your “Web presence”. No HTML knowledge necessary- they will accept anything from a Twitter page, to a Tumblr blog, or a Google Sites URL. Interestingly enough, Union says this process yields better candidates….but why?
Simple- resumes are misleading. They don’t tell you whether a candidate will jive with their coworkers or will be an efficient worker. Does your one-page resume (or even your 20 page resume) show an employer what kind of a coworker you are, how creative you are, or the quality of product you produce? No- which is why you need to do more to make yourself stand out the next time there’s an opportunity.
The next time you apply, think about doing something a bit more creative. You never know what you’ll get in return…