Seth Godin had a post this morning on Why bother with a Resume?
It got me thinking: in my professional life, spanning 1985 to the present, I have NEVER gotten a job as a result of a resume. Never.
That’s not to say that I don’t have a resume or that I have never submitted a resume. Simply that a resume in and of itself has never brought me to anyone’s attention nor has it been the tipping point that has been the deciding factor on a paycheck for me.
Resumes are the HR equivalent of flowcharts in the programming world; they are obsolete the moment they are written, and bear little resemblance to the object they purport to describe.
As Seth astutely points out, if you are remarkable as a person, a resume is entirely superfluous.
So – what is a better use of your time: to create a kick ass Resume, or to become Remarkable?