Social Media Profiles Should Not Replace Resumes

Social media has become an important part of our culture and allows us to connect with almost anyone, anywhere and at anytime. Many companies use social media to connect with customers and drive marketing efforts, but recruiters and employers use social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter as a way to reach out to potential candidates.

Lately, tweets, often called Twitterviews, have taken over the recruiting efforts of companies such as The Marketing Arm and Enterasys Networks who seek tech-savvy marketing employees. The basic idea of a Twitterview is asking candidates to tweet a response to a question instead of sending their resumes or coming in for an interview. Aaron Biebert, a commercial director from Milwaukee, recently hired a social media coordinator based on 40 public tweets claiming that “ all that mattered was their online personality.”

While social media profiles may help recruiters find candidates and understand more about them, it should not replace the importance of a resume or interview. Mark Burkley, a recruiter here at IPS states,

The paper resume is dead, but it would be both premature and shortsighted to say the resume itself has run its course. This is particularly true for roles that are beyond marketing or management of social media. The fact is we have many more facets and means of gathering the picture of a person and their accomplishments as relevant to a position, and tweets are just another data point in the process.

Overall, while social media can help paint a bigger picture of who a candidate is, resumes and interviews should still remain an important part of the hiring process.

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Simon Roads

Vice President of Sales

Born and raised in England, Simon Roads has had a distinguished career in various forms of aviation spanning over 45 years. His journey began as an A&P mechanic in the Royal Air Force and has encompassed a range of roles, ultimately leading to his position as the VP of Global Sales for Honda Aircraft. Throughout this extensive career, he has had the privilege of closely collaborating with Royalty, Dignitaries, and high net worth individuals, providing them with unparalleled expertise and a steadfast commitment to excellence in aviation services.

Having been immersed in the aviation industry for nearly half a century, his wealth of insights and knowledge has established him as a trusted figure within the field. His extensive experience has provided him with the opportunity to engage with diverse cultures, interacting with individuals from various walks of life, and ensuring that their distinctive requirements and preferences are met with the utmost precision.

One of his notable strengths lies in his adeptness at effectively managing global teams. Over the course of his career, he has demonstrated successful leadership and mentorship of professionals from different backgrounds and nationalities, fostering an environment characterized by collaboration, growth, and mutual respect.

Understanding different cultures has played a pivotal role in his professional journey. By taking part in the customs, traditions, and practices of his clients he not only fosters strong relationships but has also gained a profound appreciation for the unique needs and expectations of each of his clients.

Away from work, his priority is his family. His role as grandad to three wonderful boys, brings him immense joy. He has a penchant for outdoor activities such as cycling, kayaking, and golf. Additionally, he has developed a passion for cooking and continually seeks to learn new culinary techniques. The art of balancing life and work is an ongoing journey for him, and he considers himself fortunate to be able to savor the best of both worlds.

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Meredith Stanley

Executive Recruiter

Meredith joined IPS in 2023 as an Executive Recruiter with over 5 years of recruiting experience at Amazon and Lyft. Prior to making the shift to recruiting, Meredith was an Executive Assistant for over 3 years at a Seattle-based insurance company. With a passion for finding top talent, Meredith has hired for a wide range of roles across North America in the hardware, micromobility, operations, transportation, and tech spaces.

After an unsuccessful attempt at a Chemical Engineering degree, Meredith graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies.

Meredith has a passion for live music, playing both piano and trombone. She also enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors either skiing, hiking or scuba diving.

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