As the Resume Dies

I’m still thinking about what Reid Hoffman said recently: that the “really good” employees don’t generate resumes.

On one hand, he’s right. They a) don’t have time to make resumes; b) don’t need to, because people come to them; c) are publicly known, at least in their fields, and don’t need to describe who they are; d) have networks of important people already who can hire them or know someone can; and e) are people who are hard to describe on a piece of paper, or a short Word document.

That said, the end of the resume makes me nervous. It feels elitist to me. By definition, not everyone’s a top employee, or top talent. Some people just want to work, and don’t have everyone beating down their door.

People need a way to describe who they are. Sure, the resume is an awfully limited way of doing that. Maybe venues like VisualCV and a new site, FacesForce, are part of the answer. And certain LinkedIn is also.

I just hope that as the resume dies, it isn’t along with it wounding the employees who aren’t receiving unsolicited calls from recruiters and managers.

Let me know your thoughts.