We’re Stuck With The Resume

I rarely meet people who like doing resumes.  I’m one of them, which probably means there’s something desperately wrong with me.

I’ve been hearing for, about a decade, how some piece of technology will replace the resume.  Admittedly having seen some utterly terrible ones, I kind of wish there was a better substitute, if only to see things screwed up in new ways.

However, I don’t see it coming.  Sure we’ve got video resumes and LinkedIn profiles, and the rest, but the resume is with us for a long time.

Because it’s a standard.

Think of the resume as part of the language of the job search.  It’s something so common, so useful, that even if it seems archaic, it’s something we’re used to, and something we rely on.  It may be inconvenient, most of us may hate making them, but it does the job, and to change over even if there was a better idea would be a big cultural shift.

So, we’re stuck with it for now.  The best thing is to get good at making a resume – and to work on those “supplemental” elements like LinkedIn profiles and portfolios so they enhance the value of your resume.

– Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach.  He blogs on careers at http://www.fantopro.com/, nerd and geek culture at http://www.nerdcaliber.com/, and does a site of creative tools at http://www.seventhsanctum.com/. He can be reached at https://www.stevensavage.com/.