I’m sure like so many people I used to keep a résumé up-to-date but no longer. I don’t think with social media and blogging that we need them today. The traditional résumé was a document which gave a history of the skills you posses, the jobs you’ve held, some banter about where I went to school and maybe a bit about the things I like to do when I am not working.
The traditional résumé seems like something I did a dozen years ago but not today. Do you? I write a blog, it has an About Me page, in fact you are reading it now. I also keep a LinkedIn profile updated with new skills and that profile pulls in content from sites such as Twitter. The profile also shows the interests I have by the groups I belong, both professional and personal.
So why do I or anyone else for the matter need to keep a résumé updated? I think all of the relevant information can be had right on the Internet with much more dynamic content than a résumé in Word document format.
I laugh when I approach someone about a project and they ask me for one. I mean, seriously, do you really want one? Do you really expect me to have one or is this just a test to see if I am hip enough for your project? Or is that just a reflex from job interviews of a long time ago.
We can do better, stop the résumé madness now.
It’s all in good fun, I know some people don’t even know what LinkedIn is, don’t care about blogs or Twitter but a good number of us do.