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Could the days of trying to cram all your professional accomplishments onto a single sheet of paper be a thing of the past?

Some job experts say we’re already there. With news that Facebook might be joining the ranks of online-employment brokers, it’s looking more and more like the old-fashioned resume might be growing obsolete.

Facebook plans to launch its own jobs board, working with some existing sites to let users search listings, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. Yes, that’s right: People may be looking for jobs on the same site where photos of their youthful indiscretions could turn off potential employers.

It’s not certain whether such a Facebook feature will pan out (Facebook isn’t commenting, and the Journal cites unnamed sources). But in many ways, we’re already in a post-resume era.

What hiring manager is going to make a decision based on an e-mail attachment when they can browse your LinkedIn and Facebook profiles, read the gory details in your blog and hit Google to find out more about you — good or bad — all in one sitting?

And paper resumes? Forget it. Between desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones, some hiring experts say there’s little reason to peruse a dead-tree summary of someone’s career anymore.

“I don’t ever have anybody come in and hand me a paper resume,” said Gretchen Gunn, a principal at MGD Services, a staffing firm in Stockton, New Jersey. “Ten years ago, your fax machine was loaded when you came in in the morning. Not anymore.”

Gunn blogged about the trend in January, writing that when someone hands her a paper resume at a job fair, she hands it back and asks for an e-mail.

Why? “Because that paper resume has little chance of leaving my roll-along briefcase, which houses my laptop, iPad and other electronics,” she wrote. “Our entire recruiting process is now online.”

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article courtesy of Newsnet5.com

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