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Recruiting Without the Resume

March 15th, 2016


No resume? Why not? Many recruiters are doing away with using a resume as the sole tool for deciding whether or not to bring someone in for a position. It is a digital world. Having a stack of 100 resumes sitting on your desk is definitely not something that is going to benefit you.

What you need to do is to find ways to learn about these applicants in a more digital format. Everything from Klout scores to Google search results matter. LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, the list goes on and on.

What can you do? To find out more about a potential candidate’s ability to fill your position, consider these tips. Perhaps the resume is too outdated for your needs. It is possible to change your recruiting methods to use more of a method that encourages openness and a fun vibe. Here are some tips.

  • Consider contest-driven hiring processes. Use contests and assessments to allow applicants to set themselves apart from others. Rather than focusing on their paper skills, you’ll be able to see their performance. Staffing agencies often offer these.
  • Consider a timed business challenge. Many businesses run contests for a set amount of time. They encourage submissions that are fun and creative. You can do the same. Give people a goal, a time frame, and tell them to use creative tools to demonstrate their skills. It is a part of social interviewing.
  • Build a strong brand. You may be using brand awareness to market your product or service. However, you also need to brand yourself as the type of employer worth working with. You want young workers to be able to communicate with you and see you as the type of employer they want to work with not just right now, but for years to come. Today’s young employee would rather work with a company with values that align to their own rather than getting paid more.
  • Ensure that innovation is a requirement. Creativity and innovation are critical components to any competing business today. Hire for innovation. This may be done in various ways, such as encouraging business challenges and providing input on design on a new service, or asking them to pitch ideas. By incorporating this into the hiring process, employers can be confident they are hiring for the right things.
  • Use competition and interactivity. Gamification in the hiring process could be the move you need to make. These programs are already being used to teach and train applicants in things like critical thinking and teamwork.

The use of these methods may seem a bit out of it for some of the old style recruiters. Yet, today’s paper resume just does not provide the information and details necessary to ensure that employees brought into the company will meet the needs of the company.

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