Seth Godin (www.sethgodin.com) is brilliant…he never stops writing something that gets me thinking! I am praying through and helping my 27 year old "boy" through the steps toward a new career path. In thinking about resumes, etc. I remember an article Seth wrote a while back that caused a paradigm shift within my thinking regarding people, professionalism, presentation of one's self, etc. Take a peak:
Why bother having a resume? by Seth Godin
In the last few days, I've heard from top students at Cornell and other universities about my internship. It must have been posted in some office or on a site, because each
of the applications is just a resume. No real cover letter, no attempt
at self marketing. Sort of, "here are the facts about me, please put me
in the pile."
This is controversial, but here goes: I think if you're remarkable, amazing or just plain spectacular, you probably shouldn't have a resume at all. Not just for my little internship, but in general. Great people shouldn't have a resume.
Here's why: A resume is an excuse to reject you. Once you send me
your resume, I can say, "oh, they're missing this or they're missing
that," and boom, you're out.
Having a resume begs for you to go into that big machine that looks
for relevant keywords, and begs for you to get a job as a cog in a
giant machine. Just more fodder for the corporate behemoth. That might
be fine for average folks looking for an average job, but is that what
If you don't have a resume, what do you have?
How about three extraordinary letters of recommendation from people the employer knows or respects? Or a sophisticated project they can see or touch? Or a reputation that precedes you? Or a blog that is so compelling and insightful that they have no choice but to follow up?
Some say, "well, that's fine, but I don't have those."
Yeah, that's my point. If you don't have those, why do you think you
are remarkable, amazing or just plain spectacular? It sounds to me
like if you don't have those, you've been brainwashed into acting like
you're sort of ordinary.
Great jobs, world class jobs, jobs people kill for… those jobs don't get filled by people emailing in resumes. Ever.
pause for thought, huh? In addition, I discovered one of Seth's
friends who put together this presentation of himself for a position he
was seeking. Click here to see it!
I'm going to let these words and slides speak for themselves…I think
though that for too long we have look at what HAS happened in our lives
instead of WHO WE ARE…if you think about it, people don't really care
of what you've done…they do want to know who are you and what YOU can
bring to the work at hand…your skills might not even be the
greatest…but there is something about YOU that is remarkable. I
experience that every week…I'm not the greatest technical
musician…but I know how to lead people and make music engaging…it
is just who I am…give that some thought!