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Has Your Resume Been “Treed”?

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By Robert P. Poindexter

Stop reading this post and head outside. When you get there, find the most majestic tree you can and take a long close look at it. Don’t just glance at it. Study it closely and take in the very essence of its stately features and magnificent presence. Take notice of each branch, from the massive low branches to the newest sprigs near the top.

Go ahead, and take your time.  I’ll be here when you get back.

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Oh good, you’re back.

With the image of the tree you just studied still fresh in your mind, think back to the very first time you ever rendered your own iteration of a tree. You were probably somewhere around age five, maybe four if you were exceptionally gifted. I was closer to 12, but that’s a story for another time.

If you are honest, you will agree that your drawing and an actual tree had little in common. Certainly you drew a vertical tube-like feature that represented the trunk. And there is little doubt that above this tube you drew a large round ball using squiggly lines that represented the limbs and leaves.

This drawing would be easily recognizable, by your mom and cavemen, as a tree. Of that there can be little doubt.

Now compare that artwork to that of an accomplished artist. Not one of those post-modern impressionist types that have to explain their painting, I’d rather have a four-year-old’s picture of a tree than that. I mean someone who is able to truly represent recognizable objects and bring them to life on canvas. Things like trees, for example.

These artist have the ability to bring one thing to their artwork that those of us without such gifted hand/eye coordination can never hope to achieve. And that thing is called the third dimension.

This dimension fills in the blanks that two-dimensional drawings leave empty. And even though two-dimensional renderings portray the object and make them recognizable, they are flat, boring and without much substance.

The same can be said of two-dimensional resumes. They resemble a resume, and a caveman would recognize them as such if one were written on his cave wall, but they are lifeless and without the depth required to garner any real interest.

If you are currently using one of these two-dimensional resumes, I urge you to reach out to an artist/resume writer to help bring that all-important third dimension to your career document. And while your mom and cavemen may appreciate it, it is the art critic/hiring manager who you should really be trying to impress.

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