Reformatting resumes and removing candidate name and contact details is an old fashioned recruitment practice that I think needs to stop.

There’s nothing wrong with adding a cover page or some branding but removing the contact details is unnecessary and in many cases insulting to the client. I know when I get sent resumes without a candidate name I generally delete them. I also think “Don’t you trust me? Why are we working together?”

The other important reason why I think privatizing resumes is pointless is that a quick Google search of job title and company name (or just about any piece of the resume) will tell you right away who the person is. There are not many people out there that you can’t find online with just a few key bits of information.

I want to see the entire resume, or better still a LinkedIn profile.

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