Why Bother Having A Resume?

I’m not a big fan of marketing ‘guru’s’ (they’re usually self proclaimed for one thing) but Seth Godin is a big exception as his words of wisdom can usually be adapted to most fields. Anyway one of his older blog posts (which seems even more relevant in todays job market) said:

“I think if you’re remarkable, amazing or just plain spectacular, you probably shouldn’t have a resume at all.”


He continues:

“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.”

What do use in its place? Seth continues…..

“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?”

Read the full post….

Related Reading

Seth Godin Books
Yes, students, having your resume online really does matter (Intel.com)
Who Is Seth Godin? (Squidoo)