IT hiring goes multimedia

Goodbye, boring curriculum vitae. Today's tech resumes are tricked out with video, social and graphic elements.

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On the other hand, some point to potential problems with using video to screen candidates. Some employers wonder if it would leave them more vulnerable to charges of discrimination, since they could more easily see traits (age or ethnicity, for example) that they shouldn't use to eliminate candidates. Other IT industry watchers worry that use of videos could lead hiring managers to favor job candidates with good presentation skills, even if they're filling jobs that don't necessarily require such skills. After all, coders don't need to come off well on camera to do a bang-up job.

Reed says such concerns keep many employers from using video. "Companies don't want to be susceptible to accusations," he says. He points out that candidates, too, often hesitate to use these tools because they're worried about where their videos will reside and for how long.

Resumes With Graphic, Social Flourishes

Those concerns aside, video is undoubtedly becoming more prevalent in the IT hiring process. It's just one of the multiple new formats and platforms that job hunters are beginning to utilize. "The resume hasn't changed in 40 years. It just feels like it's time for it to evolve, and technology is at a place where it's helping us evolve it," Pollock says.

Pollock says he's seeing candidates successfully use graphics to represent skill sets, responsibilities and accomplishments on, or as a supplement to, text-based resumes. Some IT professionals, particularly Web designers or UI and UX professionals, maintain online portfolios or submit links to their work.

Others, such as developers, point to their contributions to open-source communities like GitHub. And, of course, job hunters ignore at their peril the reach of LinkedIn and, to a lesser extent, other social media sites like Facebook, Google+ or even Instagram.

"[Hiring companies] want to see what people are doing within the tech community, the development space -- are they contributing? So I encourage people to have a strong digital profile as well as a resume. And LinkedIn is the primary tool for a strong digital profile," says Doug Schade, principal consultant in the software technology search division at WinterWyman, a Waltham, Mass.-based recruiting firm.

Schade says savvy candidates know how to leverage social media to separate themselves from the pack. They don't just paste traditional resumes into their LinkedIn profiles but rather focus on showcasing themselves with links and presentations that highlight their skills and accomplishments.

"There is an opportunity to be more robust with one's persona," Schade says, "because social media is used by hiring managers to gain more intel, gain more insight."

Web developer Avery Anderson, 27, gets that. A 2008 graduate of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass., Anderson holds a degree in mechanical engineering, but she decided that wasn't the best fit for her after working in the field for a year.

Anderson did some contract work in robotics, and then in February 2010 she sought out a Web engineer position at an Internet startup for wine aficionados called Second Glass. "Web development seemed like a huge opportunity, but I didn't have a lot of experience, so I started with a personal website. It was like, 'See, I can make a website.' That got me in the door," says Anderson, who was hired right away.

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