Your resume: your best friend, your worst enemy

That's o.k., everybody's resume works as much against you as it does for you.  It's all part of the dysfunctional formula we've created for the hiring process.  Climb inside the Way Back Machine with me, Mr. Peabody and Sherman and let's return to the time when resumes were invented.

During the industrial revolution employers were besieged by workers and with no means to sort the wheat from the chaff, everybody got interviewed and the job(s) at hand never got done.  Seizing an opportunity to create job security some bureaucrat devised a process that included a review on paper of an employees experience designed to help the employer figure out who they did not want to interview or hire.  The die was cast and in response employees wrote hyper-resumes as a means to get through the filtering process.  Employers became further frustrated during the interview as they realized the candidates biggest accomplishment were the exaggerations on their resumes, further instilling the resume's role as a tool to decide who not to hire. 

So all those intensive hours you spend struggling over the format, choice of paper and content are a waste of time.  Nobody ever hired a resume and by their very design resumes become better tools for keeping you unemployed or keeping employers from hiring the right person to do the job.

In lieu of my unusually negative commentary (hey...I'm paid to be optimistic) I'll refer you to another Rant: The Perfect Resume while creating another contradiction since perfect and resume should never be used together in the same sentence.  I'll embellish that oxymoron with another dose of dysfunction and loudly proclaim less is more when it comes to your resume, but if you haven't got enough meat (or soy protein for my vegetable-arian friends...) to fill two pages you haven't done enough.  So get busy.

Finally, I'll climb down off my perch and tell you that you need a resume to get an interview, then again Interviews Are For Wimps.

Of course this is only my opinion, but itís one I value highly.


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