The Resume is Alive and Getting More Lively

There has been a lot of recent talk of the resume being dead, hiring 2.0 and the newest whatever …….con-ver-blog-vid-podmetrical-seo’d… way to find your next career move.

It is time to set the record straight. The resume is not dead. The tendency to proclaim something dead might garner a little more attention with a dramatic headline, but as in life, things mostly adapt rather than die off.

The “old” resume used to be a piece of paper with an objective, describing the next job you desire, and a listing of companies you worked at along with some accomplishments for each position. It is more correct to say that the resume has evolved.

In general a resume is a summary of accomplishments. Reputation is derived from others acknowledgment of those accomplishments. So a resume is not really tied to the medium on which it is delivered.

If someone tells me about one of the attendees at a party, “he created the concept for public libraries, was an accomplished author, created a more efficient wood stove, invented the bifocal lens and was the ambassador to France“, I would say he has an impressive resume, even though I didn’t read this on paper or online.

Let’s consider the source of the resume is dead idea.

It is the SM (social media) folks flogging us with the standard,”it’s a conversation” “your blog is your resume” cat-o-ninetails. I sense more than a little self interest and sensationalism in declaring the resume is dead.

What has changed is the available tools and methods to drive attention to yourself and your acomplishments.

Certainly blogs are the easiest way to promote yourself. All you need are typing skills, command of your language and ideas that establish you as a contributor in your field. The search engines will find you and people (including recruiters) will visit your blog.

A blog post can certainly prompt contact from a recruiter. But don’t be distracted by the idea that all you need to do is write some posts that will attract organic recruiter search traffic. Ultimately, you will have to have a track record of accomplishments.

I agree that ideally, as Seth Godin points out, if you are remarkable at what you do, you dont need a resume. He did not say “the resume is dead” BTW. Remarkable people have a reputation that precedes them.

But it all circles back to accomplishments which create a reputation.

Certainly the traditional resume has evolved to include blogs, videos, podcasts, social networking profiles-such as Linkedin or Facebook, twitter and friendfeed accounts etc…

Compared to the static resume document of yore, there now are alot more ways to get internet juice to promote yourself with a resume enlivened with new media, but there is nothing worse than responding to a promotion and finding there is no substance to the promotional item.

Bottom line, a resume is what you have delivered in your career, whether it be code, sales dollars, cost savings or increased market share. No amount of social media promotion will over come lack luster accomplishment.

On a more practical note, a resume is for the hiring company and should demonstrate how you can do the job they are looking to fill. So, if you are reaching out to a company, make sure your resume is tailored to their specific task at hand, if you want to stand out.

Oh, and don’t forget to link to your lively self on your blog and LinkedIn profile.

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