I got some flack from friends saying that my Resumes are Dead article can only pertain to techies and what do I do if I am going to be a accountant, financial analyst, doctor, etcâ€¦ Wrong, you don’t need a resume or cover letter in any of those positions. I know this may come as an interesting perspective but realize there are other ways to get hired or start your own business without a resume.
1- Become a Blogert: An expert in a particular field. If you are in any sector pick a particular area of interest, for accounting it could be Sarbanes-Oxley and document everything you know about it. Research, study it and make interesting opinions on your topic of choice.
2- Get your stuff online: Are you a fashion designer, merchandiser, photographer, etc…? Why limit yourself to paper where it is a one on one experience? With the web you can you publish your stuff online where millions of people can see you.
3- Let others know about it: From the movie field of dreams, if you build it they will come is a complete lie. Get out on your megaphone and get the right people noticing. Met a recruiter at a career fair, your friend’s dad is a high-up at a cool company or other ways; get them to see your site. Provide ways on your site as well for them to tell friends.
4- Expand your social relationships: Now that you have told others, connect with them and share ideas. Get to know these people better and learn about their needs and possibly work with them or for them. Help others before you need help is a great way to create successful relationships.
But Noah these people don’t know what a blog is or can hardly turn on a computer. That’s cool they shouldn’t even need to know what a blog is but be able to go to a website where all your information is listed and they can learn about you and your skills. Resumes are the past while websites & relationships will be the driving factor of hiring in the future. I would suggest you blaze your own trail and get writing.