The resume of the future may not be a resume.

Laszlo Bock, former head of human resources at Google predicts that “jobs seekers and employers will be paired by a sophisticated third-party algorithm that has enough information about the characteristics of both workers and employers that it can play matchmaker.”
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According to Bock, Google  received 50,000 resumes a week. “It doesn’t capture the whole person. At best, they tell you what someone has done in the past and not what they’re capable of doing in the future.” There will be a point in time when resumes will be a thing of the past. “There’s 4 billion people on the planet who want to work,” he says. “What will eventually get built is a system that understands them as individuals. Then you won’t need a resume.”

Ultimately, what is taking shape is a system that can perfectly sort job seekers with jobs, but Bock recognizes that at present, there are substantial obstacles. More than just the programming challenge, it requires building the trust on the part of employers and would-be employees.

However, for the system to work, it would need an understanding of a company’s corporate culture, and how people actually function within its walls—not just what the company says about its culture. And employees and applicants would need to be comfortable handing over their personal data.

What or who is reading your resume?

If you're lucky, you're resume will be read first by a human being. However, according to some studies the average hiring manager only spends about six seconds reading a resume. Commonly, a resume will first be read by an applicant tracking system, or ATS, software that’s programmed to search for combinations of keywords—and to spit out resumes that don’t meet the criteria. For many large employers, the resume exists only to identify reasons to disqualify candidates and thin the applicant pool.

As employers seek out the workers whose creativity, drive, and leadership skills set them apart, the conventional resume is a relic. To correct the biggest weaknesses, progressive companies invest time and energy to “blind” resumes by obscuring details that could bias hiring managers.

What's more, as pattern-recognition technology improves, software that matches candidates with jobs is becoming more sophisticated. To get it right, some organizations are experimenting with assessment tools designed to identify the skills employers are looking for, and report them in easily digestible formats.

The resume of the near future will be a document with far more useful information than the conventional resume. Farther out, it may not be a resume at all, but rather a digital dossier, perhaps secured on the blockchain (paywall), and uploaded to a global job-pairing engine that is sorting you, and billions of other job seekers, against millions of openings to find the perfect match.

Catapult can help!

While we're still a long way from the perfect staffing algorithm, hiring a rock star doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. That’s what Catapult is here for!

Catapult Staffing builds extensive partnerships with employers to ensure the right candidates are presented to fill various IT jobs. Moreover, we do more than just help employers fill open positions, we strive to ensure you have the right candidate to meet and exceed your current and future goals. To learn more about how we can help put your organization in a position to succeed with the top talent available, contact us at any time.