To relax from my exciting day in Charlotte (post + pics coming once my husband comes home and gives me the card reader back), I am staying in for the night and reading blogs and the 20sb forums. I came across Elysa’s website, Genpink, and let me just say, ten posts in and I just love her style. I came across this guest post titled Refresh Your Resume: Four Alternative Resumes to Invigorate Your Job Search and it really got me to thinking about my resume. It’s your standard education, 3 most relevant jobs, professional groups/activities/awards Microsoft Word published document. Her advice is to try a video resume, or a slideshow resume, neither of which would work for me as they would feel awkward. Especially the video resume. I feel like the incarnation of the word derp when I have a video camera trained on me.
A creative portfolio might work… if I had an impressive collection of work to show off, which I do not really have, and the few unrelated press releases and flyers I’ve done doesn’t even impress me. However, the Reverse Resume really caught my attention because it breaks all the rules of regular resumes. No bullet points, no centered name and firstname.lastname@example.org addresses! Just a chance to be real and say exactly what you WANT from you next job, not squeezing yourself into what you think they want based on the job description, the information from their website, and the social media stalking you did of the person who would be interviewing you. Yes, I did in fact Google/Facebook/LinkedIn stalk my last interviewers at what is now my current job so I could drop some references to things that I knew they liked. Snake in the grass? Well… no. Harmless? Yes, as I did not lie one bit. Get me what I wanted? Yes. So as long as you aren’t completely faking an interest in football, it’s okay to mention going to the local team’s games as one of your interests outside of work, even if it isn’t your favorite interest. Just be prepared to know a little bit of surface knowledge, such as when said football season starts!
A Google search for “reverse resume” mostly yielded results about putting your oldest information first, such as schooling, then first job, so that the last impression that the resume reviewer theoretically gets is of your current work, reviews and awards. Also high in the search is an article about the interviewee looking at the resumes and work profiles of employees at the company at which she wishes to work. That seems a bit tedious for the person who is casually browsing to see if there is anything better out there for her (such as myself). I think it will really help me define what kind of career I want, because I am tired of looking for “just a job that pays more than what I make now,” or “just anywhere but this place!” I want something I truly enjoy, and that I am passionate about doing, like how I used to feel about some of my part-time jobs. I like this fresh new take on a reverse resume and I am going to challenge myself to write one up this week, and of course I’ll post it here.
Update 02/21/11: My take on the reverse resume can be found here and also under my Portfolio tab at the top of the page!
Do you think a reverse resume would work for you; or would you want to write one to help firm up what you want and expect from your next career move?