I find that resumes often read like obituaries.
It’s all the things you did in life as a younger, stupider you.
The things I worked on when I started my career are important in that they helped create the less stupid me today.
Yesterday I was asked to walk through my resume during an interview. And at the end of it, I felt like I had delivered my own professional eulogy.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of my career. But I spent more time talking about the first two years of my career than the last two years.
What I should have said is “What on my Resume stood out? Let’s talk about that” or “Pick a year. And I’ll tell you what I was doing and thinking.”
I tried to recap my career in less than 10 minutes. I started at the beginning… and got stuck trying to explain details. So 20 minutes in, I was still talking about what I did in 2010.
Summarizing your career doesn’t work.
And if it does, is boring.
As an intern at Y&R Singapore and Leo Burnett. I was a sponge. And left feeling like I had 10x more to learn than I did when I arrived. I also learned to drink Whiskey. A necessary agency skill.
I left my first real job at wunderman with a deep respect for analytics and the ability to speak German. But I also left in tears. Only 5 years later did I understand how much that job shaped me for the better.
At Blast Radius Amsterdam and Seattle I learned how to add value. I saw rapid growth. I owned my own work and helped three brands I love experiment in digital.
I started a company. Two years later I shut down the company. It was like killing my baby.
And those are the key takeaways from my career between 2006 and 2012.
Anything I did before January 2013 is dead and buried.
Stored away on LinkedIn if anyone wants to scroll that far down.
As of today I think I’m going to remove experiences before 2013 from my Resume. But now I have to figure out what to include on half a page.
I want my Resume to be about the future. About where I think the industry is going. Trends I think are important. About what I want to learn.
Yesterday we started talking about my most recent work in the last 15 minutes. We discussed the future of agencies and the role of strategy 5 minutes before the interview ended.
I don’t want my resume to be the catalyst for that conversation again.
What should Resumes include so they doesn’t feel like a graveyard of outdated work and experiences? But more like a roadmap forward?