Recently I talked to a company and I did not supply them with a resume. Instead I wrote a story. My story.
It contained not only my professional background, but part of my personal story â€“ things I felt were important in developing who I am as a human being â€“ and things I was proud of.
It was about a page and a half long â€“ longer than any resume I have ever submitted.
But both of the people I met with told me that my â€œstoryâ€ was better than any resume they had read. One offered that it was the first â€œresumeâ€ he had ever read from top to bottom.
In this day of widespread online presence â€“ the ability of potential employers and partners to find out a great deal about you â€“ perhaps resumes just donâ€™t work anymore. Or they donâ€™t work well enough.
Perhaps telling your story in your own words is more effective.
Or at least more engaging. I donâ€™t claim to offer an educated opinion here â€“ I just know that my story was more interesting to these people than a resume. So maybe there is a subtle shift going on.
Time will tell.