The sooner the better I say. There really is no reason to have to be dealing with word documents and pdfs anymore with the rise of Linked In (or even leading jobsites like Monster). Any HR department with any common sense must certainly see the value in being able to simply get the information they need quickly without having to dig through email attachments.
There is a tremendous amount of value to having your resume be a living and breathing entity. It gives prospective employees the ease of being able to easily update their career inventory on the fly and have it available to anyone, anytime. One place to update and easily share with whoever you wish.
Linked In does have a little known feature that allows you to export your Linked In profile as a pdf, so if you do have old school requests, you can actually still send off a pdf version of your resume. One nice feature I’d like to see Linked In create is to make this feature a bit more robust. Right now the export is a fairly bland output. It would be great to have the option to export into a few additional layouts so that the output is a bit more polished. Something like that would most certainly make using Linked In as your exclusive home to your resume a done deal.
So what say you? Are you close to making your resume a web only experience? Or are you still stuffing inboxes with attachments? And if you are a recruiter or in HR, what will it take to completely move away from the old school methods?