I wonder how long it will be until they shut down.
Interesting read on how Apple adopted responsive design principles for iOS8.
Web apps commonly underutilize the power of emails. There is simply no better way to activate new users and engage existing users. Emails are extremely successful.
I recently removed the file upload field from the ‘Apply for a job’ form on the new soon-to-be-live Ideaware website. It was a quick change, it uncluttered the form. Why did I remove it? Simple, I don’t review resumes anymore. I haven’t done so for a long time.
This lead me to thinking on how Tech companies usually approach the hiring process (from my and other fellow Entrepreneurs experience): take a look at code on Github, designs on their Dribbble profile and review their LinkedIn page. A personal, well-built portfolio website is always a big plus.
Here’s why a resume sucks (and should die):
- Very impersonal – tells you very little about the person
- You can blatantly lie in your resume, since it is very hard to verify
- Dates, numbers and GPA’s are worth nothing
- You can’t see & evaluate a portfolio on a piece of paper
Here’s why having a good online presence wins:
- You get a better grasp of someone, not numbers and words
- You learn A LOT from reviewing code
- You learn A LOT from a good design portfolio
- Easy to see if they’re a good fit for your company
- Hard to lie on Linkedin, your network tells a lot about you
You can’t see all of this in a resume, period. When a resume does reach my hands my first task is to find an email in there, send the person an email asking for links to their work & code. That’s two steps we can totally avoid. Oh, you don’t have anything online? Sorry the chances of me hiring you dropped almost to zero.
The conclusion is simple: Resumes/CV’s & cover letters are worthless in our industry. There is so much more to a person and their skills than just facts and numbers on a well-indented PDF (or printout).
The internet tells you so much about a person these days.