Seth Godin published a piece today with this name. His thesis is that if you are really as good as you reckon you are (the assumption is that you do) then there is no need to write a resume. The facts will speak for themselves. He suggests that instead of a resume you should have one of the following:
“How about three extraordinary letters of recommendation from people the employer knows or respects?
Or a sophisticated project they can see or touch?
Or a reputation that precedes you?
Or a blog that is so compelling and insightful that they have no choice but to follow up?”
I got my first programming job only because of my online portfolio. I had a resume which basically said that I had no experience, but I had a website that I had created with these cool Java applets I wrote.
A resume is your marketing blurb that you give to people who don’t know you yet. Yes, it is true that if your are a recognized brand then you don’t need to explain to people why they need to hire you – a business card with your name on is enough. However I think that Seth is exagerating. In any other case you need to market yourself.
After reading too many resumes while interviewing people for my software development team, I can say that most resumes don’t market the candidate just list his personal and /or professional history. It’s all in the wording and the presentation. However I reckon that anyone less than a world famous guru needs to have one – but a well-written compelling one.