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The Google Job Search: Is It Time To Dump The Traditional Resume?


I recently read that Richard N. Bolles, the guy who wrote the famous career book, What Color is your Parachute?, supposedly said that “Google is your new resume.” (I don’t know if he really said this as I was only reading a third party source referring to him).

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Be it as it may, it poses a very interesting question for all career seekers:

Is the resume about to be outdated and should you put more effort into social media instead?

My straight answer: yes and no.

1. The impact of social media and its current limits

The resume in its currently acceptable format is a pretty static document. You can’t use dramatic graphics, colors not even to mention pictures, short video clips or presentations. However, social media offers all of these features. As a recruiter, social media can give you a more complete and individual picture of a candidate than the resume ever can. And the hiring industry will of course take advantage of this.

I think that is the point Richard Bolles meant when – supposedly – saying that Google is your new resume. Yes, chances are these days that you will be googled along the application process.

But replacing the good old resume?

I don’t think we are quite there yet. You always have to consider social customs and standards. How do you think your chances are in a current job hunt if you send e-mail to a recruiting firm and say:

“My name is Lex Lawner; Please find attached my 6-second career Vine clip. Please just Google my name if you need any more information.”

Unless you are in this really, really creative field with free spirits all around, your chances are most likely not going to be great!

2. The trend

So far, the “traditional” resume remains the door opener for an interview. Only after your resume is “approved,” will most recruiters even consider looking at your YouTube channel, Twitter account, and page, and so on. However, social media is on the rise. Fifteen years ago, no one was rejected from a “yes” pile because their LinkedIn profile revealed inconsistencies compared to their resume.

With strong competition for every half way decent job these days, and the tremendous hiring costs for companies on the employer end, the bar has been raised. If you claim to be an experienced, hands-on subject matter expert in your field, who claims to be a great communicator and outstanding team player, HR and recruiters expect to see “proof” of that on social media.

Great team player and networker, but no social media endorsements at all? You are possibly already close to a red-flag.

3. Outlook

I think that you currently need social media to make a stronger case for yourself. An infographic version of your resume might be a great “add-on-tool” for now, but not a door opener quite yet.

Maybe the tables will turn sometime in future. The world is becoming more visual by the day, and maybe soon even reading one page of coherent resume text will be too time consuming.

But for the time being, Google will not do your resume homework yet.

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Tim Windhof

Tim Windhof is an experienced Career Strategist, who loves helping people to take their careers to the next level. Tim is a certified resume writer (CPRW), Career Coach and certified Human Resources Professional. He operates his company, Windhof Communications LLC, out of the Greater Columbus Area in central Ohio.


  1. With all due respect, may I ask where you obtained this rule: “You can’t use dramatic graphics, colors not even to mention pictures, short video clips or presentations”? I personally use a touch of color in many of my resume creations, and they have proven to be very success with recruiters. They are not “cookie-cutter” resumes that are spit out of a templated software program once the individual’s specifics are entered. They are individualized for the person they represent. I personally believe every candidate should have a solid paper resume showcasing their credentials, with a matching online social presence for maximization of their job search efforts. ~Legz

  2. The traditional CV is becoming outdated, while it may show on paper what you can do, it does not provide tangible evidence of ability. We’ve taken this into account when building our online tech training courses – all students graduate with a portfolio project to go alongside their CV – showing experience and results in their field. Our recruitment partners are on board with this initiative, we have just announced our partnership with European tech recruiter Urban Linker (

  3. It’s a shame you didn’t read Bolles. What he wrote is that Google contains search results for everything you have ever done online in your life. Everything. This means when you apply for a job, any HR Department can do a data sweep of Google and learn an awful lot about you without giving you an interview. They can run what they recover through all sorts of software to determine if you are the right match, psychological, physical, political, you name it. And that is why Google is your real resume.

    His advice: clean up your Google signature. Search your name, including nicknames, and delete whatever you don’t want an HR Department knowing.

    I did as he said, and it took about a week and went 80+ pages of links. It’s a big, necessary project. And, it reminds us that from here on, every FB or Twitter post, every Reddit, every picture of us drinking heavily at a party 12 years ago, all of it is searchable. The whole internet is metadata, so be careful what you post.

  4. I figure that if you’re asking me for a resume, or letting me apply online, what you basically are asking for, is what I’ve done, and what I know how to do. And, I’ll tell you. I have a chronological work history resume with other stuff afterwards. That document is something that I’ve built up over the years, roughly cataloging my work experience in summary form. It’s not maybe very exciting, but it’s part of who I am, and a record of what I’ve done. You ask, I’ll answer, and if you don’t like me, or consider me to be a suitable candidate based on the information set I’m providing, then hire someone else. I promise not to cry, if you don’t decide to hire me.

    The job application process should be pretty standardized by now. If the Google-grade quiz kids want to do something different, that’s up to them, I guess. I don’t know how well I’d fit into that scene to begin with. I’m looking for more traditional labor-type work. Hopefully, the people looking for job candidates to do that sort of thing will subtract as much B.S. out of the hiring process as possible, and ask for your work experience, and keep the process short, sweet, and simple. I’m after a job, what are you(employer) after? I don’t like games. Is your job offer genuine, or are you fulfilling some kind of federal requirement, by posting what amounts to a non-existent, non-genuine opportunity?

  5. Good article – but why can’t you have both – a traditional resume compiled with an interactive, social media resume? That’s what is produced at The applicant submits his resume data into the system, and the online resume is born, complete with online showcase, video, etc., pretty much whatever the user wants. BUT a printable resume (the traditional version) is also available for printing at will. Check out this link as an example:

    Things are changing and paper resumes need to evolve as well. This is how.

    • Thanks for pointing out that the job search isn’t a zero-sum game James. There’s no reason people can’t do both. However, if you have done enough research about your target companies to determine their mindset, you may be able to save yourself the effort of doing both.

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