Why resume sorcery = foolishly trying to resurrect the fax machine

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Posted recently (1/24/2019)

Stop the music! You're not going to believe it but (Insert behemoth companies) just invented a way to auto-magically create resumes for you to submit. Uhh, wait, really? I mean resumes were definitely in the limelight, but let me shed a few quick reasons why news like this is foolishly TRYING TO RESURRECT THE FAX MACHINE:

1. Well, it was good while it lasted...

For​ ​over​ ​400​ ​years​ ​up​ ​until​ ​fairly​ ​recently,​ ​a​ ​resume​ ​was​ ​the​ ​golden standard​ ​for​ ​allowing​ ​a​ ​candidate​ ​to​ ​elaborate​ ​their​ ​work​ ​histories  and​ ​skill​ ​sets​ ​to​ ​potential​ ​employers.​ ​At​ ​the​ ​same​ ​time,​ ​talent  managers​ ​were​ ​empowered​ ​by​ ​this​ ​information​ ​to​ ​thoughtfully  evaluate​ ​candidates​ ​for​ ​organizational​ ​fit. However, with​ ​the​ ​dawn​ ​of​ ​the​ ​information​ ​age​ ​and​ ​popular​ ​job​ ​portals​, candidates​ ​were​ ​able​ ​to​ ​quickly​ ​send​ ​resumes​ ​to​ ​HR​ ​departments​ ​-  an​ ​exponential​ ​volume​ ​of​ ​growth​ ​for​ ​which​ ​recruiters​ ​had​ ​not  anticipated​ ​or​ ​seen​ ​before.​ ​A​ ​recent​ ​survey​ ​on​ ​ideal.com​ ​noted​ ​that  over​ ​69%​ ​of​ ​recruiters​ ​observed​ ​a​ ​dramatic​ ​increase​ ​of​ ​applicant  volume​ ​over​ ​the​ ​last​ ​few​ ​years.​ ​To​ ​combat​ ​this​ ​submission  abundance,​ ​applicant​ ​tracking​ ​systems​ ​were​ ​introduced​ ​to​ ​enable  resume​ ​categorization,​ ​candidate​ ​lifecycle​ ​workflows​ ​and​ ​paperwork  reduction.​ ​In​ ​trying​ to​ ​streamline​ ​the​ ​resume​ ​and​ ​overall  candidate​ ​experience,​ ​however,​ ​these​ ​​systems​ ​proved​ ​to​ ​be  technically​ ​complex​​ ​with​ ​non-technical​ ​users​ ​being​ ​forced​ ​to​ ​create  and​ ​apply​ ​sophisticated​ ​query​ ​logic​ ​to​ ​try​ ​and​ ​filter​ ​through​ ​the  applicant​ ​pool.​ ​This,​ ​coupled​ ​with​ ​user​ ​unfriendly​ ​designs​ ​resulted​ ​in  many​ ​​high-quality​ ​candidates​ ​falling​ ​through​ ​the​ ​cracks​​ ​for​ ​a  majority​ ​of​ ​recruiters.

2. Arrr...Ready the resume blast cannons, matey!

Do you like to cook? Let's mix these ingredients together to see how quickly we can whip up our applicant recipe for disaster. Add an already flooded resume blasted market with a new automatically created resume multiplier volume of resumes (each with bloated, unverified and misleading skills and experiences), add a dash of additional robot generated resumes that are "best guesses" for what it thinks a candidate's calling is and bake with already over-taxed resume-parsing applicant tracking systems. You can imagine what sort of hellish nightmare is going to plop out onto the plate for you (imagine all the fun new crazy ATS queries that are going to have to be written to help filter out the mountains of resume garbage). Thankfully, using new AI services that focus on automated interviews help bypass this challenge by allowing candidates to quickly and easily speak to their experiences and skills and avoiding starting a "resume plague" to spread across the Internet.

3. Hmm haven't I seen this in a movie before?

Shhh, don't ruin the plot - don't worry, this is the tale that comes back again and again. Company wants to be the premier supplier of (Insert product/service of the day) and in order to help ensure their success, they decide to flood the world with the problem that their product/service is going to solve. Be it "the best bug spray ever" and then releasing a horde of cocroaches in the ventilation shaft or having the most amazing resume parsing applicant tracking ever and create a torrent of resumes of every shape and size to confuse all your competitors...you call it tom-A-to and I call it tom-ah-to, I really want to call that whole scheme off. It's time for us all to collectively admit that the resume's purpose is to be only secondary and supplemental now to candidates vocalizing their knowledge to AI systems for recruiters to quickly pick out and hire their true talent.

So as you can see, the resume, just like the fax machine, has had their time in the sun, but it's time to retire them on the shelf to allow for us to work smarter. Let's all collectively salute the mighty resume for it has served a very noble purpose, but it's now time to move on.

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