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RESUME SCREENING: Social Media & the Future of Resumes

Written by Judith Hart, Employment Specialist with Next-Steps Employment Centre – Mississauga Meadowvale

The Importance of Social Media Platforms for Resumes.

Both job seekers and employers benefit greatly from using a variety social media tools such as LinkedIn or Pinterest, to name a few.

According to Jobvite’s Recruiter Nation Survey (2015), “Companies are adjusting to new areas of focus and re-prioritizing their budgets. Recruiters plan to spend 50% more on Social Media than ever before.” LinkedIn is currently the largest social media platform for recruitment and job search, boasting over 500 million users worldwide (source:

With employers paying more  attention and shifting their hiring budgets to social media, can you afford to not be a player in Social Media? Can you afford to not engage the right target audiences and to attract interest by those who matter?  Simply put, you can’t! Having Social Media links and a positive on-line presence are now ranked higher than ever before.  The SimplyHired blog has this listed as the second most important thing recruiters look for when reading resumes.

The future is exciting and resumes are evolving. Below are some new resume styles and useful resources. Be in the know and stay ahead of the curve.

  • Infographic / Visual Resume samples/tools –
  • Video Resumes and Tips such as 7 Second Resumes – GRADS of LIFE
  • Social Media Resumes: LinkedIn, Pinterest are the leading platforms
  • E-portfolios and free websites / blogs such as WordPress


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