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.