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#HRTechChat Preview: The Resumé’s Creative Destruction

Its modern-day pop-culture evangelists may not know the meaning of the economic term “creative destruction” or embrace its origins. You might not, either. That’s cool, and we don’t have to get into it, but go here and here if you’re interested in learning the history (and the irony). For this week’s chat, #HRTechChat Episode Twenty-Nine, let’s focus on HR technology: We ask you to behold the creative destruction of the resumé and, notably, the attendant, apparent demise of the traditional resumé.
The Jobseeker’s Essence
The traditional resumé used to be the jobseeker’s very essence, but today it’s something jobseekers begrudgingly devote much time to honing even as their online footprint presents a far more interesting, exciting and multidimensional rendering of their professional capacities. Alternately, the traditional resumé today is something the jobseeker begrudgingly and inadvertently spends most or all of his or her time honing, all the while neglecting to spend time creating a viable digital footprint and, by corollary, missing the traditional resumé's many alternatives.
Those alternatives, plus the slow, piece-by-piece creative destruction of the traditional resumé, get the spotlight for this week’s #HRTechChat. Brent Skinner, our lead co-host and HRO Today’s tech editor, has been thinking and writing about the traditional resumé for a while now. The resumé has a new guard, and its variants find sustenance in online video, social media, infographics and more. And they’re beginning to outshine the traditional resumé.
Actually, that’s not too hard to do. The traditional resumé is boring, in its best presentation still a chore to create and to read. But what is hard to do, too, is to supersede the traditional resumé in importance. The traditional resumé is entrenched, a perfunctory aspect of the job-seeking process. It’s a foregone conclusion that a hiring manager or recruiter will request it at some point along the process of talent acquisition. Yet the new takes on the resumé are starting to chisel away at that entrenchment, it seems — a development worthy of an #HRTechChat.
#HRTechChat Episode Twenty-Nine: Join Us Friday 8/24 @ 2pm ET / 11am PT
Starting at about 2pm ET / 11am PT today, look for tweets of the following questions, from @TalentMgmtTech. Let’s sort through the creative destruction of the traditional resumé and analyze its remnants, those new sorts of resumés that all the cool jobseekers are using, all the cool hiring organizations are accepting, and for which all the cool recruiting technology companies are responsible.

  • Q1: Is the demise of the traditional resumé nigh? Why or why not? #HRTechChat
  • Q2: Will the *concept* of a resumé of any kind persist in perpetuity as jobseeking’s backbone? #HRTechChat
  • Q3: How is #socialmedia affecting and changing our very understanding of the CV? #HRTechChat
  • Q4: What are some other technologies revolutionizing the idea of what a resumé is or can be? #HRTechChat
  • Q5: When does a jobseeker need a new kind of resumé *in place of* a traditional resumé? Why? #HRTechChat
  • BONUS CONVO: Any recruiters out there? What’s your take? Is the traditional resumé really on the fritz? #HRTechChat

Do you know what comes after the number 29? Thirty! And we couldn't have made our way through nearly one-and-a-half score #HRTechChat episodes without help. Thanks go to the #TChat World of Work community for all its support of #HRTechChat. We also thank #TChat's co-founder, Meghan M. Biro (@MeghanMBiro), who is co-founder alongside Brent Skinner (@brentskinner) of #HRTechChat, too. Thanks go, as well, to Sean Charles (@SocialMediaSean), our indefatigable co-host at-large, for his many tweets and, well, indefatigableness. Recently, both Meghan and Sean placed among the Top 25 Trendspotters in HR. Let’s congratulate them.