Technical recruiting is hard. There aren’t enough unemployed software engineers to fill your requirements. You have to get passive software engineering candidates in front of clients. As a result, many of your candidates are not actively looking for work. So why do you expect them to have a current resume, especially one specifically in Microsoft Word format?
Stop Asking Software Engineering Candidates for Resumes in Word Format
Seriously. Stop it. Stop it now. Don’t ever ask a programmer or software engineer for a resume in Word format. Here’s why.
Reasons Why you should Never Require a Software Engineer or Programmer to Give you a resume in Microsoft Word Format
Stop asking programmers for resumes in the form of a Word document right now because:
- Most of software engineers have a LinkedIn account. The resume you receive will often be copy / pasted from a LinkedIn account. You’re creating yet another version control problem for your candidates and Word isn’t GitHub friendly. Stop it.
- We don’t do a lot of word processing. When we do, a lot of us are using Google Docs. Why should we have to use a tool that we rarely use in our professional lives to present ourselves to an employer who will rarely ask us to use that same tool? Stop asking computer programmer for resumes in Word format.
- Many of us have Web sites and entire HTML portfolios or code repositories that demonstrate our competence better than a resume. Sometimes there’s even a page called “Resume” on our Web site that contains a nicely formatted resume with all the information a hiring manager needs. Stop making us copy / paste our Web site into a word processor. Software engineers are busy (and lazy) people.
- Any Web developer or front end software engineer probably should be able to produce a self contained HTML resume that looks nicer and has better interoperability than a Word document. A front-end’s HTML resume should look better than anything ever produced in Word. Asking people who build beautiful, pixel perfect documents using pure code professionally and make a living at it to have to edit their resume in a kludgy WSYWIG system, one that produces an inferior quality document, is, quite frankly, asinine. Stop it.
- Hiring managers don’t care how well a Software Engineer can use Word because because most of them are Software Engineers as well don’t use Word very often either. Stop wasting everyone’s time. Start educating your direct client contacts in HR. They’re loosing candidates because of Microsoft Word resumes. Tell them to cut it out!
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Stop asking your passive software engineering candidates for resumes in Word format. They probably don’t have one that’s current if they have one at all. Because they’re working, and may not even have a licensed copy of Word available to them. You are inconveniencing them and loosing leads.
- HR’s formatting requirements aren’t your candidate’s problem, they’re your problem
- Accept HTML resumes as the new normal. Learn some HTML yourself. Find tools that consume social media content, such as LinkedIn profiles, to get candidate information in front of hiring managers
- Figure a different internal process for managing the content candidates license to you
Word resumes are a colossal waste of a passive software engineering candidate’s time and are actually detrimental in demonstrating a front-end programmer’s core competencies to prospective employers. Additionally, most software engineers hate working with Word files. (Open a .docx file in a plain text editor and you’ll find out why.) So, please, stop it already! It’s 2018 for crying out loud! We all are better than that.
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A great, Word formatted resume tends to be the product of an unemployed person.