Throughout every student’s time here at the University of Tampa, they receive many global emails about job openings and new organizations looking for members. Many have agreed that the most beneficial emails come from the Office of Career Services. One of the resources that career services provides is looking at resumes. Resumes allow employers to see a brief statement of a student’s previous experience, skills, qualifications and education. While many people see resumes as helpful, companies like Fortune and CIO Magazine think that they aren’t necessary anymore to land a job and are outdated and I agree.
“I do not think resumes are the most important factor in getting a job in today’s job environment,” said senior finance major Matthew Colletti. “I’d say the power and size of one’s network is the most important factor; events, business card collections, and notably a LinkedIn profile. The whole cake, if you will, is made up of network, key experience or skills, a resume, and the ability to interview well. Without all of these you have a chance of getting a job, but not the highest chance.”
Although it’s not necessary for students to get rid of their resumes, many recruiters and strategic directors believe that LinkedIn has created a wide variety of profiles. They showcase the different talents people have, but recruiters also feel it is a weakness because of the time it takes to maintain a profile.
While it may seem like LinkedIn is no different from a regular resume besides it being digital, some think that there’s no need for a resume at all. An interview will make or break whether an applicant gets a position or not. Showing up with a playbook, bringing up relevant experiences and establishing common ground is key in an interview, according to in article in Fortune. While resumes are important they don’t necessarily help your chances. When I applied for a job last semester I created my resume for the first time and when I finally got to the interview I watched my interviewer throw my resume into the recycling bin, because it was just a technicality.
Some UT students agree that, while resumes do play a part in getting hired, it does not finalize whether or not you get hired, especially in regards to other careers involving the arts.
“Speaking from an actor’s standpoint. The resumes in our field help back up your audition and show your experience but ultimately your audition is what sells your product to the producer,” said senior performing arts major Mitchell Spencer. “I feel that this is the same in almost every field. Your job interview is an audition and it is your job to display a confident and top quality product under pressure which is backed up by the credibility of your resume however I do not feel a resume makes or breaks a job interview.”
While there are employers who look into resumes a good amount of them are not even viewed by a person when they are first submitted. Most companies utilize talent managing databases to screen resumes and weed out 50 percent of them before they are sent to employers, according to Forbes.
While some students think that your network is important and others feel as though resumes are becoming outdated, students like freshman and government and world affairs major Jacob Jefferson still think that resumes are needed.
“Providing employers with a list of your past work experience isn’t the only thing resumes do,” Jefferson said. “Resumes also show how professional you can write and present yourself. If someone hands you an ugly resume, they aren’t going to get the job because they don’t know how to professionally present themselves.”
As a student journalist myself, getting a job solely based on my resume is something that I feel is unrealistic. While it is a good way to summarize the most important things that you’ve accomplished it also isn’t the only determining factor. I feel that this works in favor with more majors that require creativity. You show a portfolio instead of a list of accomplishments. Presenting your work and showing your ability means volumes instead of listing the positions you’ve held when you could have done a poor job.
Khadijah Khan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.