It’s ok. So does mine. Actually, the point I’m making here is really more important than you or I. In all reality, all resumes suck.
Have you ever thought about what a resume consists of?
Every resume is supposed to fit on one sheet of paper… for maximum efficiency for the reader. Forget your experience, forget your story, just get it on one sheet of paper or go ahead and throw it in the trash yourself.
Put your name in big letters at the top! Guess what? Everyone else’s name is in similarly sized font in a similar location on a similar sheet of paper. Whoops. I hope your name stands out on its own!
What are power words? Can somebody explain that concept to me? Find a resume advice site and they’ll tell you to use power words to describe your experience. Any recruiter that gives me an interview because I used the words launched, accomplished, and competence is not invested in finding people that are ready to do work that matters.
Listen, here’s the deal. We are taught to build resumes the way Henry Ford taught employees to crank out Model Ts. Efficiently, so they all fit in a manila folder or a desk tray, and in such a way that we have a better chance of winning the lottery than being hired because of our resume.
If you have landed or are about to land a job solely because of your resume, then more power to you. I am proud, I hope we can connect on LinkedIn, and maybe we should do an interview so I can stand corrected.
In the meantime, let’s do the world a favor. Throw your resume away, stop submitting your 8.5 inches to go into a stack with 500 other resumes, and start looking for a job that matters.
We need to stop formatting and start forming meaningful relationships.
I once wrote a post called the value resume. If the fundamental definition of ‘resume’ changes, I’ll be all for them. And perhaps we should start there. I’ll go first. My resume will contain my values, my passions, my dreams, and how I plan to change the world. In addition, I’ll tell the reader why they should hire me, but only in those terms.
My resume is no longer a ‘resume’ because of the following:
Work is not about being miserable for a paycheck. Work is about finding the organization with which we align to such a degree that the work becomes a fulfillment of our purpose. We’re all here for a reason and our time is too short to keep fitting our life’s work onto one sheet of paper and hoping we get picked because we used Lucida Sans and everyone else used Times New Roman.
Once upon a time, Seth Godin opened my eyes. Ever since then, I can’t help but agree:
Your resume sucks. So does mine. What are we going to do about it?
Thoughts? Comments? Disagree? Let’s get the conversation going in the comments!