Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Web Profiles – No Resumes

The Wall Street Journal Careers column published this interesting item yesterday.

A New York venture-capital firm wants applicants to send links “representing their web presence” instead of resumes. 

“Companies are increasingly relying on social networks such as LinkedIn, video profiles and online quizzes to gauge candidates' suitability for a job. While most still request a résumé as part of the application package, some are bypassing the staid requirement altogether.”

Google still reads resumes of applicants, but Todd Carlisle, their director of staffing, says: “he reads résumés in an unusual way: from the bottom up.

Candidates' early work experience, hobbies, extracurricular activities or nonprofit involvement—such as painting houses to pay for college or touring with a punk rock band through Europe—often provide insight into how well an applicant would fit into the company culture, Dr. Carlisle says.

Plus, "It's the first sample of work we have of yours," he says.”

Hat tip Nicole Black (@nikiblack)

Does your school help law students build a web presence?


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