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