Writing a resume may not be as time-consuming as painting the Mona Lisa, but you can take some comfort in knowing that when you decide that yours needs writing, you are in good company – the very first recorded resume was prepared by Leonard Da Vinci in 1482! Although little more than a letter to a friend listing his achievements (it is hard to imagine that Leonardo da Vinci needed to pitch his accomplishments to anyone!), it is nonetheless a milestone.
Flash-forward to 1914 and the resume as a bonafide document listing one’s qualifications to a prospective employer became an established practice. This ‘list of facts’, as it was termed, was almost always used in conjunction with a handwritten letter of introduction. This in itself has evolved into what we now term the ‘cover letter’, and is as important an element today in the job-seeking process as the resume itself. However, even by the 1930s, the ‘list of facts’ was not yet compulsory and was still largely a formality in most cases. By the 1950’s though, the resume was now an expected part of the job application process, albeit containing little more than personal details (including height, weight, marital status and religion!) and a brief list of qualifications and prior work history. But by the 1960s this was beginning to expand to include outside interests. In the 1970s, more widespread home use of typewriters and word processors saw the decline of the handwritten resume and cover letter. 1985 saw the dawn of online background checking, and in 1987, the first resume was sent to an employer by fax!
The seismic shift in our lives in 1994 that the internet introduced brought democratisation to the resume with the advent of online tutorials and the ability to write and send resumes and cover letters online directly to employers or through new job aggregate websites that immediately began to pop up. In 2003, the notion of an active online professional presence was born with LinkedIn, and in 2006, we saw the advent of the video resume on YouTube.
By 2008 ‘keywords’ becomes a decisive factor in how resumes are filtered in an effort to quickly assess appropriate candidates and increasingly employers interrogate the social profiles of prospective candidates to further consider suitability. Also, LinkedIn dominates the online professional networking and employment space.
So, we have come a long way since Da Vinci and 1482, but the goal he was striving for in his letter is still the same – gain the attention of an employer and have it maximise your chances of an interview and successful position.
At Select Resumes, whilst none of our writers can claim to have created something as magnificent as the Mona Lisa, we have crafted some resumes that some clients claim to be a work of art!
Once you have commissioned us, we will get straight to work tailoring your cover letter, resume and, if you are targeting a specific position, your key selection criteria document or job statement. We take considerable time on a thorough consultation to build up a clear picture of your professional profile, your goals and your key strengths and achievements.
Then, like Da Vinci, we get to work on producing your masterpiece, each component complementing the other and structuring a visually compelling, literate and persuasive summation of your professional profile combined with your eminent suitability for the role being applied for.
The entire ethos of Select Resumes is to get our clients in front of the interview panel. We have proven track record in achieving that, so do not leave your career to chance. We know precisely what today’s’ employers are looking for and we will make sure they find it on your resume. Call us today for an informal chat.