Gone are the days where your proudest achievements can be found on an 8 .5 x 11 sheet of paper. The scope of the recruiting space is evolving rapidly, and the modern resume is much more than typed lines and bullet points. Tangible examples of your work are much more valuable than listed credentials, and there are many emerging platforms that provide candidates with a space to showcase their ideas.
While Linkedin is now the de facto resume, there’s a number of new data sources that provide richer data to help identify and get a better understanding of the best talent. At Entelo, we’re always looking at which companies/communities are redefining how we observe talent, and here are a few in particular that stand out:
Github: For software engineers, Github has become one of the most popular sites to showcase talent. It is a collaborative extension of a tool called Git, where users create profiles and post their code. With public Github repositories, employers can have tangible examples of software engineers’ capabilities and can decide if their talents coincide with the needs of the job before the candidate even walks through the door for an interview. Did an engineer create a heavily followed Ruby gem? Do they have a popular forked repo in node.js? These are the types of questions that Github can answer, and we’re increasingly seeing companies place more emphasis on Github contributions throughout the hiring process.
StackOverflow: StackOverflow is also another platform worth noting. Here, engineers can display their knowledge by asking and answering an array of questions, making it easy for employers to understand their professional interests as well as the breadth and depth of their proficiency. There’s a variety of Stack Exchange forums ranging from game development to systems/network administration to android development.
Dribbble: Dribbble is an online community where web designers and creative can showcase their projects. Users can be tracked and tagged by their various skill sets and specialties, discovered by their location, and the number of followers that they or their “shots” (designs) have.
Many designers will post much of their work on Dribbble while also linking to other digital portfolios they may have across the web. Additionally, Dribbble also features a jobs board, where recruiters post employment opportunities, and designers can indicate if they’re actively looking for work.
Behance: Behance, which recently was acquired by Adobe, is another major player in the online portfolio space with over 35 million images and 45 million+ project views on the network.
Similarly to Dribbble, you can post jobs on Behance as well, allowing you to target their massive designer community. While the designs on Dribbble tend to skew towards iOS, web and mobile design, Behance is more of a catch-all in that you’ll also find architecture, marketing, fashion, and graphic design.
Additional Design Sites: There’s a few other popular design sites, as well, including CarbonMade, DeviantArt and Forrst. CarbonMade skews more towards architecture, fashion and graphic design, DeviantArt is a hotspot for illustrations and artwork and Forrst is a hybrid invite-only design and development community.
Niche Social Networks:
GrabCad: Just as Github is a social network for developers, GrabCad is the equivalent for mechanical engineers allowing them to post 3D models as well as other mockups. Users house their portfolios on GrabCad and can amass followers, allowing recruiters to get a sense for which engineers are most influential amongst other mechanical engineers.
Kaggle: Kaggle is where anyone can post big-data projects (oftentimes these are large problems companies are facing) and have the world’s best data scientists compete to come up with the best solutions. With over 88,000 data scientists on the platform, Kaggle can be a great avenue for finding and recruiting for one of the most in-demand roles at technology companies.
Academia.edu/ResearchGate: Both Academia.edu and ResearchGate are networkers for researchers to share their knowledge on a variety of topics cross the research spectrum. Both sites have more than 2.5 million researchers in their system, giving recruiters large pools of candidates to scan through including their published papers. As both of these networks grow, recruiting for Biotech, Pharmaceuticals and the Life Sciences should improve tremendously.
Quora: Quora has now become one of the most popular knowledge banks. Extremely knowledgable people answer questions on topics such as (but certainly not limited to) sales, marketing, economics, and design. It’s a great resource for recruiters to determine what people have demonstrated they know really well as well as a tool to understand prospective candidates’ interests as you can see what topics they’ve followed and which answers they’ve upvoted.
Increasingly, we’re seeing that Quora activity can be a huge boon for allowing yourself to be discovered. You can also message others through the service and schedule what we like to call “Quora Dates.” You’d be surprised by how effective this can be to get in touch with people
Social Media Sites: You may think that sites like Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and Tumblr have little importance in recruiting, but, especially for the community manager and marketing types, we’re seeing that candidates’ influence on these sites greatly affects how they’re perceived by prospective employers. Sites like Klout and PeerIndex seek to gauge users’ online influence by analyzing their social media activity and may provide insights into what people are truly influential about.
Here at Entelo, we believe this is the future of recruiting, not just for engineering and design but for a whole host of different professions. As more of these sites pop up (Github for lawyers, doctors, etc.), recruiters will have much more information to effectively engage with people across a variety of different disciplines. We see the modernization of the resume as something that will help streamline the way employers find, evaluate and engage with talent. If you have any feedback or additional knowledge on the subject, we’d love to hear from you!