By Robert P. Poindexter
When automobiles began to be commonplace, over 100 years ago now, They said the horse was finished. Visions of wild horses roaming the city streets were conjured up. They said the horse would eventually become extinct. According to Them, we would have to slaughter them by the thousands in order to avoid the mayhem that would surely ensue from the newly released creatures.
Today, there are well over 100 organizations and clubs dedicated to the care and interest in these magnificent animals. From the American Quarter Horse Association, to ranchers all over the world, the horse continues to thrive and perform many useful functions.
Oh, and what would a horse race be without … horses? Ruidosa Downs and the Kentucky Derby still draw record crowds.
They were wrong!!
When movie theaters began popping up all over the world, They announced the end of the live play. Playhouses would have no choice but to shutter the doors and windows and bid farewell to this medium of entertainment. Because, according to Them, people will prefer the action and adventure that can only be found in the movie theaters. The lowly stage with its limited ability to create backgrounds and represent differences effectively between day and night would simply cease to draw crowds.
Ask the millions of people who visit live theaters every year, how they feel about this assertion.
Ever heard of a little place on the East Coast, called Broadway?
They were wrong !!
Electronic readers replacing physical books?
Sailboats are still a hugely popular mode of sea travel even though boats being propelled by internal combustion engines have been around for over 150 years. But at the beginning, They were there and decried the end of sail power.
They were wrong … again.
Who are They? And why do They always seem to be there to assert their absurdly naive opinion that the advent of a new way of doing things, automatically means certain death to the thing that is being put forth as being replaced.
I mean, think about it, They weren’t even right about indoor plumbing. Ask anyone who has ever been on a long road trip with a five-year-old who couldn’t hold it until the next rest area, 50 miles away.
This writer is not naive enough to go to the other end of the spectrum and claim that nothing has ever been completely replaced. Thankfully, the invention of the computer I am using now means I know longer have to chisel these words into stone in order to express my thoughts in a physical way.
Okay, They were right on that one.
I’m not saying these naysayers don’t have a right to an opinion. I am only suggesting that the opinion being broadcast is based solely on their own particular view of the world. They don’t seem to consider that people with a different view enjoy horseback riding, going to plays and reading a real book with real pages that you can really turn and dog-ear and highlight and throw in a suitcase without worrying if the battery will die.
Perhaps, They have never drifted below a billowing white sail on a sun-drenched stretch of clear blue water with nothing but the sound of the wind in the rigging and the ‘whoosh’ of the water filling your ears.
In the careers industry, They have now begun to herald the end of the resume.
As in the examples above, these opinions have little to do with reality.
Someone I’ve become quite fond of in the careers industry, Dawn Bugni, recently told of the client who after one year on the job hunt, finally decided to have a resume professionally written and received a job offer three weeks later.
Doesn’t sound like a useless tool to me, based on that.
Have resumes changed? Yes.
Like anything, they must evolve in order to remain relevant.
Are they dying? Try going to your next interview without one. Or better still, try getting an interview without one.
Hunter S. Thompson once said, “Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.”
The same is true for those entering the job market. So you had better go in armed and ready, or you risk being eaten alive.
And no matter what They say, a well written resume had better be a big part of your arsenal.
By Robert P. Poindexter
“Guenther, go down and tell the men to go home. We’re done.”
The look in the old man’s eyes told Guenther that some devastating news had just been relayed to him, and he hesitantly asked, “What’s happened, boss?”
The old man raised the newspaper he had been hunched over and turned it toward his faithful employee, “Look!!!” he said, raising his voice as he pointed at a prominent article below the picture of an airplane.
“Do you know what this means?” raising his voice even more now. “We’re done. We’re finished. No longer will goods and people need to languish at sea for weeks in order to land on another continent. Now they can reach their destination in a matter of hours. We’ll never be able to compete with that! The ships we are building are nothing more than scrap iron now!”
This conversation most likely never happened, and even if it did in some now defunct shipyard, that reality as we all know never came to fruition. Ships could not be replaced by airplanes any more than electric can openers could replace manual ones. All down through history, as things have evolved, there has been a small segment who boldly claims the end of something else. This has rarely been the case.
Sure, airplanes gave humans an additional and quicker way to reach their destination, but they could never replace the ship. They just became one more tool in the box, another way to accomplish a goal. Some people were afraid to fly, so they went ship. Some cargo is too heavy and too bulky to fly, it goes by ship. Some people and cargo can’t be flown into areas because of terrain issues, they go by ship. Airplanes didn’t replace trains or cars either. Even those not afraid of flight chose alternate transportation based on the fact that the adventure was just as important, if not moreso, as the destination.
There have been murmurs recently by some who think like Guenther’s boss concerning the resume. They are squeaky wheels that no amount of oil will silence. They attempt to make anyone who will listen believe that new technology has rung the death knell on the venerable resume. They teach that networking, volunteering, Twitter accounts and a web presence are all you need to launch a successful career search.
When I hear these things it makes me wonder if those espousing such rhetoric actually believe it themselves or if they are just experimenting to see how many people they can get to agree with them.
It reminds me of when I was nine years old and Darrell Brown would tell this joke on the playground to new students while the rest of us crowded around.
A lady calls her local grocer and asks that he send over 10 jars of peanut butter. The next day she asks for 20 and then 40 more on the following day until finally the grocer couldn’t stand it any longer and just had to know what she was doing with all this peanut butter. In answer to his question, she raised her skirt just enough to reveal that she was wearing red leotards.
At this point, we would all start laughing hysterically while the new student just stood with a dumbfounded look on his face. Of course, the joke made absolutely no sense at all, but with a little cajoling by the rest of us the newbie would start laughing as well agreeing that he ‘got it.’ At that point, we would cease to laugh. There was a joke there. It was just on him.
So my advice to you is not to listen to the Darrell Browns of the world, and if you happen to overhear them, think twice before you agree.
There have been a lot of positive changes in the careers industry, and the resume has had to evolve as well. I, for one, think it has done so quite nicely. And while the Internet has added new ways to get to our career destination, it is foolhardy to believe the resume no longer has a place in the career arsenal.
After all, not everyone wants to fly, and ships provide a level of discovery you will never get on an airplane ride.
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter
Call the paramedics – the resume is dying! Erupting like popcorn kernels fired up by the heat of the latest and greatest social sites, tools and applications, the idea of a fast-food resume, sparked by your LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or blog profile permeates.
Simple resume builders are ‘in’ and introspective career resume strategies are ‘out.’ Or so it may seem. In response to one of the more recent such assertions by Managing Partner of Millennial Branding, LLC, Dan Schawbel, that the resume will be replaced by ‘your online presence,’ I parsed through the maze of misperceptions and wishful thinking. As such, my newest blog post for Glassdoor.com took shape.
I invite you to read the full story, here, at the Glassdoor blog: “Is Your Resume Disposable?”