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Some Say Resumes Are Dying, I Say They Are Already Dead

Networking is useful for more than just gaining new business through referrals. Networking is not only useful, but now is essential to landing a job. I read an article the other day on LinkedIn outlining the two biggest mistakes that people make when trying to get a job.

The two mistakes were; 1. Failing to  create the perfect resume and 2. Failing to appear professional.

While I think number 2 is 100% true and that it is downright embarrassing when people don’t put their best foot forward when it comes to job searching. I want to focus on number 1. 

There are a lot of experts out there that claim that Resumes are still valid. I completely disagree. As the LinkedIn article stated, the number 1 mistake is failing to create the perfect resume. There is no such thing as the perfect resume. I am a huge Dave Ramsey fan. I was listening to his show the other day and he stated that his company hired 37 people in 2011. They received over 5,000 resumes! 5,000 resumes and 37 of those resumes were hired. 4,963 people with perfect resumes lost out. Your perfect resume gets LOST with all the others. When I was in college, searching for a job, I spent almost four months working on my resume to make it perfect. I had it critiqued by resume specialists, human resource consultants, and hiring managers. My resume was as close to perfect as I could get it. I know others have put in far more time and effort than I did. I landed a good job out of college, but guess how I got it.

I KNEW SOMEONE! My resume had absolutely nothing to do with my hiring. If you want to get a job in 2012 you NEED to focus on NETWORKING! Every person you meet is a resource, every conversation you have must have a purpose. Your “resume” is Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and your network. When I needed to get a new job after Thanksgiving, I had interviews coming in left and right from my network because I had put so much energy and focus into adding value and depth to all of my relationships. They had absolutely no problem recommending me.

If you still think that resumes are relevant in today’s society, you are way behind the times. Join those in the know in 2012. If you disagree, feel free to leave a comment and I would love to discuss it.

Happy Networking!

-Kyle

  1. Mod Man
    February 7, 2012 at 7:28 am

    I completely agree with that. Your network is far more important than a good resume. My story of getting my first job is very similar.

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Thanks for the comment Mod Man! I would be interested to see what would happen if job applicants put as much concentrated effort into networking as they did in creating their resumes. I wonder what the success rate would be.

  1. February 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm

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