The Problem With Resumes Is They’re Backward-Looking


Resumes are dead. OK. What should take / has taken its place??

That question was posed by Alexis Ohanion on Twitter recently and it prompted a torrent of interesting perspectives, opinions and alternatives.

One of my favourites was from Jordan Johnson who pointed out that ‘Resumes look backward’.

And they do.

But what am employer really wants to know if what you can do for them in the future.

Granted, past performance is an indicator of future performance.

However, it is not the only indicator. And it certainly isn’t a guarantee of future performance.

Thus, I’d agree that one of the fundamental flaws of the current resume format and process is that it is too backward-looking.

What do you think?

BTW – here’s a link to the Tweet from Alexis that started it all. There’s lots of great links within the comments.

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