Why Resumes Are Not Enough

By: Dana Johnson

If you are like a lot of people, including myself, you have multiple Resumes. I personally have three levels of resumes that I established during the economy crash in 2008.  I have respectively named them the dumb version, less dumb version and the real version.  I have struggled and worked very hard in order to climb my way back up the ladder and am only half way there.  However I recently reviewed my resume and noticed that I have not actually submitted or used my real version since the downturn in 2008.

I took some time to reflect on that time in my life, both personally and professionally. I was a single parent to a 12 year old daughter.  We had everything we wanted and the security and freedom to enjoy life.  I was working for myself at the time doing business consulting and was in the middle of “flipping” my last house in Arizona.  Then the crash.  No available contracts for business as a majority of companies in AZ were closing its doors.  I tried for months to find work.   Nothing.  When I did get an interview, I was told that I was over qualified.  That is when the dumb resume version emerged.  With my dumbed down resume, doors were opening, and I did eventually find work, although just above minimum wage.

After having to struggle my way back up the ladder, I can look back and see how much dumbing my resume down may have helped me get my foot in the door, but also has prolonged my struggle to prove myself time and time again, on every project, new teams, and new companies.  Now, don’t get me wrong, proving yourself in life is expected, however I can now see how this has affected and extended my struggle.

I made a commitment to myself that I will update my real resume this weekend and will submit it to my employer. I believe it is important for them to see my accomplishments and stand proud of what I have achieved in life.  I no longer need to hide behind a recession.  A resume is a first impression but it is not a replacement for a conversation.  Obviously there are certain requirements to be met, however in the future; I will be creating more conversations instead of the quick disregard.

Moving forward, I will view others resumes as only part of who that person is. I am sure I am not the only person in this world that has multiple versions of their resume.  Getting to know the person and talking through not only what their accomplishments are but also what they learned from the experience and if they would take the same route to achieve the goals is more important to me.