Before long we might not need business cards or resumes any more. Or at least in their current forms.
Are you carrying any business cards on you right now? When I look back at the past 3-6 months, I think I’ve left my business cards at home more than I have had them with me. Lately, when someone hands me a business card, I enter it directly into my phone, which gets synced to my email account, and hand the card back to them.
Smartphone apps like Bump, Evernote, and Google Goggles can help with this, too. I’ve tried each of them and have had some success. I still like being able to enter the information directly, but that’s my personal preference.
I’ve had a Virtual Business Card on my website for years.
Could the resume become a thing of the past?
Jim Edwards from Business Insider spoke with LinkedIn’s ad sales chief, Jonathan Lister, about this recently. Lister believes that business cards and resumes are disappearing and that we’ll be relying on the contact information we provide digitally as well as LinkedIn profiles or other places online. In addition to LinkedIn, lately I’ve also found About.me, and Google+ personally useful.I think that will still take a lot longer to happen, but signs are pointing that your online profiles will become the resumes of the future. I had breakfast late last year with a potential employer, and he had a printout of my LinkedIn profile with him instead of my resume. I’ve often argued that Google’s search results are going to be the online resume of the future. You are what Google says you are.
What do you think? Are you seeing less use of business cards and resumes in your own search?
Read more from the article here: Business Insder: Q&A with LinkedIn’s ad sales chief, Jonathan Lister
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