Your organization could be missing out on some top talent if you shrug off the new high-tech applications and résumé tools that could someday make paper résumés obsolete.
Here are some of the more popular high-tech methods that candidates (especially young ones) are using to market themselves, plus some of the advantages and disadvantages of welcoming them:
MySpace.com and Facebook.com. These social networking sites can be gold mines for employers—or a big waste of time. More than 115 million people use MySpace, while Facebook has 31 million users. MySpace users generally are younger.
Candidates post video résumés, profiles and other personal information. Search for potential candidates by skills, current employers, job titles and other terms.
Hundreds of professional organizations have discussion boards on both sites. Employers can create their own recruitment web pages complete with videos.
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