Are Resumes Headed for the Job Hunting Trash Heap?

February 10, 2011 ( – Just over a third of hiring managers say an online profile on a social networking site will replace traditional resumes.

A poll by OfficeTeam found 36% believe it likely or somewhat likely that the change will occur. A news release said the respondents were asked how likely it was that the networking site profiles on sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn would become a hiring manager’s go-to place for job candidate information.

In addition to the 8% finding it very likely and 28% somewhat likely, 42% thought it was not very likely and 21% judged it not at all likely.

“The resume continues to be an important job-hunting tool, but it’s also useful for professionals to create online profiles that highlight their expertise and qualifications,” said OfficeTeam executive director Robert Hosking, in the news release. “As hiring managers turn increasingly to the Internet for information about prospective hires, job seekers should keep their online profiles current and behave professionally in the digital space.”  

The survey was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 500 HR managers at companies with 20 or more employees.