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.
Changing the resume game
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.
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:
Big Data Certification
Data Science Certification
Digital Marketing Certification
Web Development Certification
Cloud Solutions Architect Certification
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:
Every SmartResume contains at least one digitally-verifiable credential that is verified using state of the art web 3.0 technology. It eliminates the time-consuming need to reach out to references and verify that the candidate actually earned the credential.
Real time verification of credentials, leading to faster hiring and getting right to business.
SmartResumes can be discovered by employers in the talent marketplace without an associated name or image, protecting job seekers and employers from unconscious bias while moving forward with an organization’s efforts to build an inclusive, diverse, and equitable workplace. Candidates are selected based on their skills and abilities, the way it should be. SmartResume has earned Digital Promise’s Inclusive Design Product Certification that demonstrates a measurable commitment to DE&I.
SmartResume’s platform helps individuals add skills and expertise levels to their resume, and embeds evidence of skill levels to help the candidate stand out when compared to other candidates in a skills-based marketplace. This allows for employers to find the highly accomplished and skilled candidates that they truly need, leaving all the boasting and talk to the LinkedIn profiles where they belong.
SmartResume protects companies, organizations, and institutions from falsified records that could harm their reputations. This happens more than many people realize. This is done via blockchain certified digital credentials.
Job seekers can carry their degrees, certifications and other credentials with them for life.
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.
This SmartReport consists of two infographics that show the way data flows through the ecosystem. It demonstrates how digital credentials are issued, how they are shared, how they are consumed, and who the companies and organizations are that make that happen.
Who doesn’t like a good Top 10 list in January? To build the SmartReport I needed to dig deeply into every corner of the LER ecosystem. And I had the good fortune to interview some of the smartest people in the business. The big takeaway is that the future is bright, momentum is building, and there is a dizzying amount of innovation happening. Here are the top ten trends that my research revealed.