Harvard Innovation Lab published a video about how our working desks have evolved since 1980s. Somehow we took out the clutter on our desks and made it much more portable. The idea made me think that our resumes also need an evolution! If our work spaces needed to be evolved because work has become a lot more virtual and a lot less location-specific, then hasn't our resume that represent our work has evolved too!
I'm neither an Ivey MBA nor an alumni of the tech/consulting/investment banking/venture capital titans. So, now what? I need a resume that shows my uniqueness. I need to evolve my resume from an algorithm-pleasing document to a story-telling medium. Because what makes me unique is not my MBA or my strategy work history but rather the story of my personal and professional life. I'm a dreamer, a doer, an organizer, an analyst, a planner, a problem-solver, and a strategist and I have tested those skills in multiple countries, companies and context. My story is something like the below one-pager (maybe at some point I add a one-min narration to actually tell the story???)
So, next time I'm sending a resume to someone, it will tell my unique story, it will not have the bullets and dots of my job description, but rather shows how I evolved as a person and as a professional. Just like what Harvard Innovation Lab said about our desks, my resume has evolved from a generic document to a unique story!
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