No matter what career you decide to pursue, how long you remain in a position, or what industry you are in, the resume always needs to be on hand. And despite the pandemic changing how we work, where we work, and how business is conducted, the resume remains the same.
You try to put all of your certifications, your achievements, even your entire career, into a single page. Recruiters and human resource professionals attempt to decipher if you are the right person for the organization.
It can be a frustrating experience for both parties. The accolades and accomplishments listed on the resumes can be glossed over and prospective companies could be robbed of the key hires that they need to accomplish their strategic goals. This is especially the case with alternative credentials, which are often ignored by employers who prefer previous work experience and what university a candidate obtained their degree from.
So we decided to change that.
SmartResume is the first certified resume builder and talent marketplace designed from the ground up to unlock the promise of digital credentials.
But what does that mean? Why should you care? And what does it have to do with the Society of Human Resource Managers?
This is precisely what this post is going to break down.
Let’s get to it.
The world is digital, make no mistake about it. Yet despite all of our technological advances, the resume remains analog. SmartResume was designed to fix this.
By showcasing the credentials of candidates in a digital form. This would allow employers to have access to the verification of professional certifications instantly. This doesn’t seem like a big deal until you realize that most automated tracking systems used by companies to screen prospective candidates fail to recognize many types of credentials and that many recruiters and HR professionals don’t understand their relevancy.
And many employees have alternative credentials.
Huh? What does that mean?
Alternative credentials are skills or knowledge obtained outside of a degree. They are often the result of bootcamps, MOOCs (massive open online courses), microlearning programs and on-demand learning programs. Once completed, the user is awarded with a micro-credential, verified certificate, or digital badge.
But what are some examples? Here are the top ten certifications according to IntelliPaat:
For the prospective employees who obtain these certifications, they can use sites such as HackerRank to prove their skills through digital credentials and provide the results to their employer. This removes the unconscious bias present in the hiring process. The candidates would be hired not based on nepotism, referrals, or degree but rather by the credentials they possess and their verified ability to handle the responsibilities of the workload. This simplifies the need to find the right candidate and hope that they have the skills and certifications that they claim to have.
For example, let’s say that an employer has a need for someone with a Salesforce Certification to work out of their Buffalo, New York, office. Rather than go to a variety of job websites and hope that the candidate stumbles upon their job opening, they could search by region for the person that possesses that credential.
SmartResume has many benefits. Here are a few:
The resume is a required evil.
But it doesn’t need to be.
With SmartResume, job seekers can find the perfect role that reflects their skills and accomplishments which can be verified in real time. We believe in an equitable future and it is our goal to make that future a reality.
Join us on our journey.
Activate your SmartResume today.