In the last few years, I???ve been approached a number of times by colleagues and acquaintances who are looking for new opportunities and new organisations to work for. More than once, I was asked to review their resume and make suggestions as to how it could be improved on. And the thing that always came to mind ??? the resume is dead.
Not quite so forcefully or literally dead, but by many accounts, a resume fails to provide as complete a picture of who you are or who you can be, to that very person you???re trying to impress. Certainly, in some markets and with a number of organisations, the resume is the way to go. They are happy to quite literally assess you on this piece of paper. But with the world of work and technology moving at the pace it does and how relationships have morphed alongside these changes consequently, the resume simply cannot be a complete reflection of who you are.
Whether you like it or not, there???s a whole world out there of people edgier, more passionate, highly empowered and possessing a tremendous sense of dare and courage, who are willing to go with the flow and try new things, embrace new platforms and ways of working and collaborating. Those who seek to rely only on resumes and the other traditional approaches will only see a limited world of opportunities open up to them. The platforms you choose to use and the mediums you embrace say as much about who you are as who you are not. And for that, we do need to be careful.
Just the other day, for example, I read an interesting post about what your email account says about you. You may find it surprising to know that your choice of email account says a lot about your educational background, what industry you may be in, your age and more. Apparently people educated at university level are far more likely to use gmail than yahoo. And to think that in the days gone by, we worried more about cover letters, nifty suits and a firm handshake.
The question is whether you know that you are being assessed, what that assessment is based on and what profile is being formed of you, with or without your knowledge.