I met a...

Do you still need a resume? she asked.

Someone asked me that today when I was giving a workshop. You sure do need one, I said. Even if you have a Web site, a blog and are on LinkedIn, you need that piece of paper. Still. Potential employers will request it, for one thing. But don’t think for a minute that it will GET you a job. It’s a mere tool. A tool you need for job-hunting. And for times when you’re being considered for other endeavors–like being on a board. But I think the greatest value of a resume comes from the exercise of actually creating it. If you do it right, you have to think through things like: What are your top six strengths? What have you done that proves those strengths made a difference? What do you know about? Why should someone hire you? Then you have to write it in a way that others get what in the heck you’re talking about. This is good because it prepares you for talking about yourself without going around in circles and boring them to tears. It helps you think about why you’re better than your competition. So yes, create a resume. Do it right. And it will do its job.

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