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April 18, 2014

Rest In Peace Resume, Your Time Has Passed

"You don’t live on a piece of paper anymore. So learn to deal with it. And if at first, it seems scary, relax. However, this is the most exciting and important technological development of the past five years. The playing field has been evened! Seize the opportunity. I want you to own your Google results." --Christopher Dessi

The word is out, and let's be honest, it has been coming for awhile.

In short, your resume and the significance of it, is dead.

There is very little appeal for employers and even for you in wanting to make a resume. They are bland, dry, and devoid of details, but this is not your fault, rather it is a part of the culture that has been established around resumes. Resumes are meant to be a composition of your education, your skills, and your experiences, but details are not meant to be shared because that would push your resume past the unwritten rule of it needing to be one page maximum. As Christopher Dessi states further in his article "Your Resume is Dead", a resume has no you.

A better question that what should I put on my resume, should be how can I own my Google results? Well, the answer is really quite simple, all you have to do is create a profile, portfolio, and an account and start filling the social networks with what makes you awesome. LinkedIn, Twitter, Quora, are great forums for engaging the community, but even these forums don't necessarily showcase your skills in the way a resume should.

A highly effective method of showcasing your skills, as well as your hobbies, is to make a portfolio, as a portfolio allows you to put all of the things you would put on a resume, but doesn't limit you to one page or one entry. Your portfolio can be as detailed as you want it to be, and the more examples you include, the more attractive you will be to employers.

In the case of a portfolio, bigger may be better, but like a resume, it is important to keep the information relevant; make sure to showcase the projects, hobbies, skills, and experiences that reflect you as a person and a worker.

Each entry, profile update, and social media post, you are empowering yourself and keeping the upper hand in the job search. You are not waiting for an employer to read your resume, nor are you waiting by the phone to hear back from him/her. You are creating your own future, by controlling the content you post, but you are also giving employers a glimpse into your thought process and the kind of person you are. It takes work and you must update your content regularly, but at the end of the day, you own these results and that is something to be proud of.

"You now have the ability to create your own personal charismatic brand via digital places. The more content you create in these social spaces the more organic search results that will show up when someone Googles your name. You then have the ability to show the world who you really are. "

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