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#47: The Resume is Dead. Show, Don't Tell.

Updated: Aug 16, 2021

The idea that a single piece of paper with a bunch of words on it is the focal point of talent acquisition, arguably the most important process all businesses invest in, is bananas.

Here's why.

  1. "Show Me Without Telling Me"

    1. Whatever your skillset / focus / passion is, show the world. If you're a nasty strategist, open up on the way you think about the "what / why" on Twitter.

    2. Let us look through the lens through which you see the world?

    3. If you're a real deal designer, take me into your "how" aka creative process and let me ride shotgun on visual platforms / mediums to experience your creative magic?

    4. If you're an ops guru, help me understand how you operationalize strategy, get more done with less etc.

    5. Tips, techniques, curated articles / books / white papers, recommended mental models, methodologies aka unpack the nuances that "show me without telling me" what you're all about.

  2. The "Yeah, But I'm Not Technical Enough" Is No Longer Valid Either

    1. Say hello to the Low Code No Code movement.

    2. There is an overwhelming gap between the demand for developers and the supply which led to smart money investing in building out the Low Code No Code ecosystem which we can all benefit from.

    3. Hence the name, anyone, even those with literally zero technical orientation can use these products and tools to bring ideas to life by building smarter, faster, cheaper products / tools / mechanisms etc. Anyone.

  3. Your Career Narrative is On Linkedin

    1. Linkedin is greens fees.

    2. You can't play the game of business without a presence on Linkedin.

    3. Remember, if you don't tell your story, someone else will tell it for you.

    4. A living, breathing and WAY more dynamic version of a resume.

    5. Also, a lightweight version of Twitter in terms of sharing how you think, see the world etc.

    6. Have fun with it.

  4. "Barrels vs Ammunition" (Shoutout to Keith Rabois @rabois)

    1. Companies can only pursue as many projects as they have barrels.

    2. If you're a barrel, a person that can come up with original ideas, rally a team, fix stuff along the way + propel the organization forward to achieve the goal, a resume is never going to do you justice.

    3. Also, the more the market knows you're a barrel, the more of a magnet for incredible people and opportunities you will become.

Show, don't tell.

February 22, 2021 (Tweet Link)

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