We live in an age where Resumes are no longer effective much like they used to be. Personally, I believe they’re obsolete.
How can you summarize your accomplishments based on one sentence descriptions? How can you showcase your talents, skills, and passions without being able to see tangibles and the end results of the what you actually produced with a Resume?
As a writer you may have publications on some of the biggest media networks in the world yet this piece of paper (resume) doesn’t do justice. It doesn’t showcase your work. Nor does it show the affect and positive reaction your work has on your audience, clients or followers.
Your resume may show your role as a senior mobile app developer but what about the side stories and all the details that go into your hustle and experience within that role.
Perhaps you went from a Junior to Senior role within months and led a team in producing a product or service that saved a company from losing millions with only 4 months of experience within that role.
Ya you’re right these are all highlights and bullet points you can add onto your resume or cover letter but how many people are actually viewing your resume and why do I keep hearing the same story of people not being "qualified" enough for positions they can see themselves thriving in?
I started noticing a pattern.
Many of my friends and intelligent people in my age group who are looking for meaningful work continue to find it nearly impossible at times to gain attention from employers - positions they’re genuinely interested in and passionate about.
I’m not really sure what the big disconnect is. Maybe you’re marketing yourself wrong. Possibly it’s the “economy”.
Whatever it is, I’m making a promise to myself if I ever become an employer.
For when that day comes you can wave this article in my face reminding me of those struggling post-college life years that so many of us have experienced.
1. Invest in good, passionate people.
Isn’t the point of building a great company and achieving a goal to recruit and collaborate with people who share similar passions & visions?
Why aren’t people getting more opportunities to do what they love? Or at the very least having the opportunity to learn about the positions they see themselves thriving in.
Maybe I’m wrong or shouldn't be one in charge of recruiting but I am a believer of investing in passionate people.
I would hire someone who may not be the most experienced yet shows a lot of potential and passion.
Someone who just gets it and understands the big picture of what my company is doing over someone who has 5-7 years of experience more.
2. Request realistic and relevant information from candidates.
I only hope for a better future. A future where your work speaks for itself.
Where you don’t have to go through tedious questions about “how would your closest friends or supervisor describe you?”.
That would probably be a better question for my friends or supervisor because I ain’t no damn mind reader.
For all I know some of my friends or supervisors may secretly think I’m an awkward attention whore a**hole and others might find me as a sweet sweet boy.
You never really know how someone truly views you. Unless you hear them behind closed doors.
Or “where do you see yourself 5 years from now”. I see myself being a billionaire (I’m very hopeful) - is that what’s going to happen? I’m not sure.
Does the Pope shit in the Woods? 9/10 times probably not.
3. Kill Cover Letters
Quite frankly, cover letters are a foreign language to me.
I’ve been told by Counselors & Human Resource Managers that you should create your cover letter around the qualifications & responsibilities of what’s on the Job Description.
So the proper way to write a cover letter is to sell yourself on what the cover letter wants you to be instead of what actually makes you special? Hmmm...
I personally see problems with that. Yes, to a degree you have to show sides of yourself that are relatable to the position.
But personally I would instead want to see your story. We live in a Creative Age. That Gray & Black life should be modified.
4. Show me your Story. Show me your Personal Brand.
Show me what you’re passionate about, what makes you YOU, and everything about your skills, personality, and talents.
Make a site. Squarespace is the shit if you don’t know where to start.
Invest in making a personal site and use that as your resume.
Are you a Photographer? Engineer? Video Editor? Model? Lawyer? Finance Person?
Make a site that showcases your photos, projects, videos, shoots, cases, or investment portfolios and tells us a story about that work, what you did, what it means to you, and why it's important to you or whoever you did it for.
Make a YouTube Channel and showcase yourself, your work, your voice through a blog, or anything that shows who you are and what you love. Build your future by starting with yourself.
Be creative. Share your character - the unapologetic authentic side of who you are; what you’re hesitant of, where you see yourself improving, and what you excel at.
The system should be based on honesty, not fraudulence.
With that, the employer would be able to see if you’re the right fit for the company based on everything you love and your journey.
If the employer decides not to move forward with you, at least you'll know that the company wasn’t even a right fit for you because you were transparent and honest with yourself, wants, desires, and everything you've done that makes you who you are.
5. Job Applications are NOT Triathlons.
It's frustrating when an applicant has to register on a company site to not only upload his or her resume but then rewrite it all out - previous experience, education, and literally everything that is already on their resume.
I already uploaded my beautifully deigned resume that I spent hours making on Adobe Illustrator, is there really a purpose to write the whole damn thing over again on your site?
30 minutes later - you finally press the submit button for your application.
Two months later…
By that time you aren’t even pissed. However, rack all those types of applications up and you’re probably at a total of at least 5 days taken away from your life.
6. Give rejected applicants an option to request feedback.
As a curious individual always striving to grow and improve - I like to learn where I can grow.
Same when I'm seeking out a Job - I personally want to know why I didn’t get the position. I want to know where I can improve according to the employer’s standards.
Be respectful and a human being.
Don’t put a “firstname.lastname@example.org” where you try to respond and ask why you didn’t get the job only to immediately receive an email that tells you your message wasn’t delivered.
Especially if you’re going to put someone through an application longer than 20 minutes for a position he or she is genuinely interested in.
The applicant isn’t qualified. Why? Give him or her the option to request feedback at the very least. That’s all I’m saying.
7. Emphasize the importance of a practical yet strong hiring process.
At the same time I’ve been wrong.
I’ve wasted and used several of employers' time by applying to several of jobs at once without looking over and seeing if those positions would be the right fit.
Is that fair to the employer?
At the same time I've spent hours or days trying to best position myself for an application and received nothing back from the hiring manager.
Nor would I say anyone is to blame because both sides are guilty to some degree.
I just believe we should build a better system.
Not every company is like this. I'm not throwing everyone under the bus. I'm speaking to a certain type of animal here and a letter to my future self.
I must be a dreamer but I just have a completely different concept in mind of how things should work. A matchmaking system that connects the right people with the right company.
If people can fall in love every day from online dating sites and apps. Why can’t we do the same for people and their professions?
I understand that it's not as easy as it sounds and the idea for employers to look over every single person interested in their company, especially when several applications are coming in on a daily basis is absurd.
I just dreams of a world where more people are happy with their line of work and what they spend most of their days/weeks/lives doing instead of people who are miserable because they're left with no option and have to settle.
8. Make sure people love what they're doing.
I listen to a lot of people in my age group and some just want more.
They want to feel fulfilled and they want to be a part of something that resonates with their core beliefs as a human where they can contribute to a cause they believe in.
Biggest indicator is when people consistently complain about Monday.
The moment you stop yearning for Friday is when you’ve made it in my book.
People sometimes ask me if I’m a morning person and I would usually answer no. When I was working my corporate job I would wake up more mornings than not dreading what's ahead.
Now I wake up (making less money for now unfortunately) but I literally have a minor jolt of excitement.
I don’t know what it is but I think it has something to do with just getting up and having another whole day to contribute to the world.
Another day to build my own story. Another day for opportunity and building a legacy so to speak.
I mean yes I would lie if I said I wake up every morning like that. Some days are slower. Some days you have setbacks and things don’t go as planned.
But not because it’s Monday. It’s because I could be doing better. I could be doing more.
I just want to be a part of the bright future many companies are currently striving towards and building today.
I see Companies, People and Entrepreneurs who get it. Constantly innovating, pioneering and creating environments that focus on people - the single most important thing on Earth.