Are resumes even relevant anymore?
Google /online data gathering ability, Linked In profiles, Twitter summaries… it’s easy to uncover a candidate’s skill set, mindset and experience. Plus, the online communities often is vocal/visible in its support of the candidate so potential employers can easily judge success and leadership – at least at a superficial level.
Do companies want to hire people who have done a job before or do they want to hire a relevant skill set that can be applied across a variety of projects/fields?
Does a resume need to show related roles in a chronological progression or simply a filled chronological timeline?
Do gaps in a resume mean what they used to mean: unemployment? What about maternity leave? Immigrating? Emigrating? Moving provinces to support a partner? Skill upgrade time? Time to ponder passions and redirect skills? Illness?
In The Atlantic is an article about how a resume gap of longer than six months can mean employers won't hire you. The article presumes a status quo in how employers and potential employees approach filling a job. The candidate sees a posting; the candidate sends in a resume; the employer selects a few resumes for interviews; the position is filled.
It does still happen this way. However, job seekers also know this is the least likely way to find a job; employers know it's a random approach to sourcing the 'right' candidate. Networks, mentors, champions, online forums, informational coffees/interviews build stronger paths to success than hoping either a human or auto-filter will deem a resume fit for interview status.
While the resume remains the accepted tool to formally open a door, it still requires more than a chronological listing of jobs and duties. A resume should showcase your strengths, should tell a story and be coupled with a thoughtful introduction.
Will do everything right guarantee success? Nope. Rejection is a fact of life. But I don't buy the outdated thinking that your chronology is what determines your job seeking success.