Why You Should Rely Less On Your Resume

A great resume could be your ticket to landing a new job, but as information security expert Lenny Zeltser points out, sometimes your resume can do more harm than good.

First, pulling from author Seth Godin's book, Linchpin, Zeltser highlights what Godin identifies as the main problem with resumes:

"[A]resume gives the employer everything she needs 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."

But if you're not leaning so much on your resume, how do you get your foot in the door? Zeltser suggests:

If you promise yourself to only use the resume closer to the end of the interviewing process as a mere formality, you'll motivate yourself to showcase yourself in other ways. You'll have no choice but to take on projects that make you stand out from the crowd in ways such as:

• Developing tools that showcase your creativity and technical prowess

• Maintaining a blog to share insights in your specific area of expertise

The fact is, many of us won't always have a choice but to hand out our resume, but Zeltser's suggestions for making yourself standout apart from your resume (more of which are in the full post) are certainly worth considering.

If you've landed a job without relying on your resume, let's hear about it in the comments. Photo by SocialisBetter.

Stop Relying on Your Resume [Lenny Zeltser]


    Yeh, but..

    What REALLY happens is that you have to go through a recruitment agency before you get to show off your short, full of gaps, resume to someone who will hire you. Most of us get a job by putting our resume on a job site, either actually applying for a job or having it there so agents can call you. No person actually reads your resume at this stage - it is all done via key word searches by a computer. You won't get a call unless your resume is full of the 'key words' they are searching for.

    I have a page at the back of my resume dedicated to 'buzz word bing' to rate hirer on key word searches. And if I am going for a job that has a title worded slightly different to what you would expect then you need to modify your resume to make sure you include the slightly different wording.

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