When Snail Mail Just Won't Do
Making digital resumes work for you.
August 21, 2008
Sponsored by The Mergis Group
by Jack Causa, senior vice president and group executive, The Mergis Group
It's well-known that the Internet has fundamentally changed the way employers recruit candidates and the way workers seek out new job opportunities. What is often overlooked, though, is a subtle implication of this paradigm shift in recruiting: the importance of a digital resume in the digital era.
Years ago, the classified section of your local newspaper would reach accounting professionals seeking a new job within a limited geographic region. Today, the Internet allows job seekers from all over the U.S. to find and apply for open jobs that are thousands of miles away. One recent study found that 34 percent of newly placed workers found their jobs on an Internet job board.
This dramatic change in employment recruiting has shifted the traditional competition among job seekers away from creating the most compelling printed resume to pop out of an envelope. The emphasis is now being placed on how to produce the most dynamic digital resume to launch at the click of a mouse. Moreover, with so many employers now relying on computer programs to screen resumes through the use of keyword technology, accounting professionals must know how to make their resumes stand out from the scores of others that will be electronically submitted for the same open positions.
Here are some tips to make your digital resume work for you:
Resume writing has always been an important component of an accounting professional's job search, but the paradigm shift brought on by Internet-based recruiting forces candidates to adapt by understanding how to create a winning digital resume. By exploiting some of the unique characteristics of this new format and sticking to some of the fundamentals of the traditional format, you can maximize your chances of rising to the top of the digital stack.
For more information, visit The Mergis Group.
Jack Causa, CPA, is Senior Vice President and Group Executive at The Mergis Group. Causa is responsible for the management and operations of the Mergis Group, a division of Spherion that provides specialty professional recruiting and placement services across a range of professional disciplines, including finance and accounting, information technology, engineering, sales and marketing, legal and human resources. Causa has more than 25 years of experience in the professional recruiting industry and joins Spherion from Callaway Partners, a professional services firm, where he served as the partner responsible for the company's staff augmentation business. Prior to that position, Causa held leadership roles at Jefferson Wells, where he was a managing director and Kforce, where he was president of finance and accounting. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers.