I don’t have a resume

I’ve never been a fan of resumes. It always sounded like such a boring job, cataloguing all the things I’ve done, listing all my various endeavours. Seth Godin has an excellent post on why great people don’t have resumes.

People often ask me how I found my current job, how I manage to work and travel, etc, etc. I don’t have a simple answer. I didn’t apply for my current job. I’ve never applied for a job in the traditional sense. I’ve never submitted a resume for a job. I make connections in various ways, and sometimes they lead to work.

Maybe I’ll start a new page with an explanation of why I don’t have a resume instead of actually having a resume.

7 thoughts on “I don’t have a resume”

  1. Some people are naturally blessed in the sense that they have chosen a career which does not require a resume per se`. They can be hired based on their standing in the respective industry. However, this does not mean that those that are not blessed in such a manner should despair. A well-written resume can do wonders as I am sure it would have done for the writer of this post. (No offense meant). Thanks

  2. @Resume Docket: I’m not quite sure what your response means.

    Personally, I think a resume is a disempowering document. I think it helps people to pigeon hole you, to put you in a certain box, to judge you not on your merit, but on your ability to write a compelling resume. I don’t think a resume is an accurate reflection of who you are, or what you can do. I think it’s a reflection of how well you can write a resume.

    In the same way that taking an exam doesn’t prove your ability in a subject, it simply proves your ability at taking exams.

    So I choose to opt-out of resumes. I don’t have a resume, and I don’t apply for positions or opportunities which require a resume. I choose a different path.

  3. My point in this matter was simply that some people in the film industry or formula one racing for example might not have to maintain a resume at hand when applying for certains jobs.

    I agree with you that resumes, GPAs, SAT scores, etc. pigeon hole us under classifications and such (the movie Gattaca comes to mind).

    However, considering the ground realities and hard facts, resumes are required when applying for a job. A well-written resume is always better.

  4. @Resume Docket: I hold a strongly differing view. I don’t believe that “applying for a job” is a necessary step in gaining employment. In fact, I think quite the contrary. If you “apply” for a job, you’re much less likely to find employment which is spiritually, emotionally and financially rewarding.

    In my opinion, finding employment through other means is much more successful. For example, word of mouth recommendations, introductions, portfolios, and so on. I believe these methods of introduction far outperform a resume, no matter how well written.

    So while I understand a well written resume will outperform a poorly written resume, I believe that to compare the two is to make the wrong comparison altogether. Comparing a well written resume to a personal introduction or a portfolio of outstanding work, now that’s the right comparison in my book. On that measure, I believe a resume to be a very poorly performing document.

  5. I think you are giving a resume way too much credit as a means to landing a job. I agree with your point that a well written resume is simply an indicator of good writing skills.
    However, a resume will only get you as far as an interview call. You only get the job after an interview. It’s up to you to dazzle the interviewees with your knowledge, intelligence, wit, zeal for work and a general love of your profession. That is what will get you the job.

    A well written resume does not necessarily have to be well worded and aesthetically pleasing. Standing by a simple definition of a resume, it is a summary of your work experience, capabilities, education, etc. reported in a specific format. Regardless of the format chosen, a well written resume as you say, is simply just that, a well written resume.

    I have to say that I agree with you that there a lot of ways to get jobs (Blogs, Resumes, Published Work, and the few that you listed, etc.). But for the common man, one of the oldest and most widely used form of seeking employment (and please do not disregard this) is the resume submitted on a sheet of paper. And it will stay that way for many years to come.

  6. @Resume Docket: I think this is the heart of my disagreement (or agreement rather):

    But for the common man, one of the oldest and most widely used form of seeking employment (and please do not disregard this) is the resume submitted on a sheet of paper.

    I agree. However, my point is that I choose to opt out of that process entirely, and recommend others do likewise. I choose to opt out of the “common” process of finding employment. It’s that very process, which I see as represented by a resume, that I choose to avoid.

    That’s why I assert, I don’t have and don’t plan to have, a resume.

    I agree that for the “average” person, a resume is important. But if that is the case, I think the “average” person has already made some disempowering choices. I think if you find yourself at a point where you need a resume, something went wrong.

    I do agree that this is not the norm though, and that if you want to follow the norm, a well written resume is a great asset. I choose to opt out of that norm altogether.

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