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“Resumes are Dead”

Jerome Ternynck, CEO of SmartRecruiters, thinks the traditional resume is dead.  Watch his interview as he explains how social profiles are replacing traditional resumes.


“Resumes are dead. People don’t see it yet, but it’s clearly there. There is no sense of having a resume, because what’s a resume? It’s a piece of paper that has no interactivity, no history, no context.

Resumes today have evolved into profiles and the difference between a resume and a profile is that a profile has a context around it. It shows, ‘oh, I worked for 5 years at this company’ and I can click on this company to see what this company does and if I know anybody from this company and how big they are. So I get a perspective and I get your social footprint, I get your Twitter, I get your LinkedIn, I get your Facebook, and I understand who you are. In a resume I don’t.

In a resume you are a piece of paper; in a profile, you are a human being; and a human being is what I want to hire, not a piece of paper. So I think the use of resumes in hiring is just going to drop down as we as a society become more and more comfortable with the use of rich profiles and transparency in social networks.”

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Jerome Ternynck

Jerome Ternynck is the Founder & CEO of SmartRecruiters, the industry's premier talent acquisition suite to find and hire great people.