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Quibb, Uber

In my experience hiring people, I actually care a lot about the email that goes along with the resume- I prefer it reads conversationally and argues strongly for why they are a good match. The resume is the "commodity" part- sure, it might show some interesting background, but it's not clear why they are interested in what I'm working on versus other opportunities.

Presales at Semarchy

That's interesting. So are you reading the email like a coverletter? Has the coverletter disappeared, replaced by the email? A lot of jobs are posted online and the only way to submit documents is through the website...

Quibb, Uber

Yeah, exactly like a coverletter. It's true that some people still find jobs by posting to a website, but I find that the lowest yield method available. Instead, it's a lot more effective to come in via an intro to the hiring manager. Especially true for business/BD/sales/marketing jobs where those kinds of skills are 100% expected to be used on the job.

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Growth Lead at Pinterest

I agree. Email cover letters are way important to me as a hiring manager, but I know many hiring managers that don't even look at them.

Presales at Semarchy

If they're not looking at the email, then are they just looking at cover letters?

Growth Lead at Pinterest

Neither. Email = cover letter.

Presales at Semarchy

Good point. How does one go about finding these opportunities, before we even get to the point of intros to hiring managers?

Quibb, Uber

Networking, blogging, and a lot of it :) I think if you're decisive about the exact role and have a small list of companies in mind, it's easy to build out a network in that area. The shotgun strategy is low effort but also low ROI.

Totally agree with Andrew Chen. Keep a list of companies that you read about in TechCrunch, Quibb, social media... etc and regularly connect with employees within those companies via Linkedin, Twitter, Meetups... etc. Once it comes time to find a new job start connecting with those companies via their employees that you've already connected with. Twitter mentions and commenting on their blog posts is a great way to get on their radar before you reach out directly.

A resume is just one tool in the quest for a great career move...for that I highly recommend the book "Ask the HeadHunter"

As a hiring manager, I have never really cared what your job was or what responsibility you had or what you did day in and day out. I care most about what you accomplish (and fit...but that comes from the interview more than the resume).

In terms of crafting a narrative, start with the end in what's the one key message you are driving home "e.g.: I am among the top 10% best enterprise software salespeople in the USA and will make your company a ton of money quickly with little need to invest in me or worry about me) and then list only ACCOMPLISHMENTS that demonstrate you are that message and that you DELIVER RESULTS.

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Simplicity, narrative, relevance and coherence are obviously critical to any marketing material, and most resumes lack all of the above. I love the idea of a crafted story over a long-form CV.

Unfortunately, that is not really the purpose of the resume. It is still a database of your positions, education, and achievements. I tried to create a story-driven resume a few years back, and it worked terribly. The recruiters were more confused than elucidated, and we spent most of the conversations filling in the blanks. And if you are looking for a line position, especially in engineering, your resume is basically SEO bait for keyword searches.

Finally, in the world of LinkedIn, your profile page is your resume, and it is comprehensive.

I want this article to be true, but I don't think it is good advice.

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Startup Edition, Product Hunt

For many, blogging is an excellent "substitute" for a resume. From personal experience (and not to sound egotistical), it has opened so many opportunities. I have an unpublished blog post titled Blogging is the New Resume (I know, meta). Would appreciate any feedback and please don't share outside of Quibb -

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Mercedes-Benz, 200words

I remember when I was hiring for design positions, I saw 1 or 2 resumes that were more like narratives. They were certainly more visually impressive than your standard looking Word resume (why a designer would submit a poorly laid out resume is beyond me...). They had graphs and stuff in them like in the image in the article. But to be perfectly honest, it did not really win me over because I just found them hard to read and difficult to get useful information out of them.

I think the important thing is that your resume should be clear and concise, and yes, maybe tell a compelling story about who you are, but as long as it is clear and to the point, you're doing much better than a vast majority of people out there. The way to achieve this might be to have someone you know professionally in the industry you're targeting (not your parents or SO or anything like that) to look over your materials and give you feedback.

Hiring great employees is really important, but the weird contradiction is that often times hiring managers are simply not spending a lot of time on hiring (or at least that's how it feels). So the more you can provide people with the right information in the brief moment that your resume is being looked at, the better.

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Presales at Semarchy

I agree with you. I have tried to "tell a story" with my resumes before, and even experimenting with the 2-column resume. My mentor told me it looked gimmicky and she found it really hard to read because she was confused which column to start with and kept turning her eyes back and forth.

Product Manager at YouTube

With a resume you need to be the <blank> <blank> girl (or guy). Force yourself to pick two words you'd like to be remembered by and anything on your resume which doesn't support those two words needs to go.

Sounds stupid right? How do you do it and when does it makes sense? I used to struggle with this a lot until I hung out with a friend who works in Hollywood and told me he was working on film and described as "Bad News Bears" meets "Best of the Best". The composite was so punch I never forgot what he was working on and have liberally applied this formula since.

I constantly read resumes and interview people, so let me know if you want more info on what's memorable.

VP Marketing at Cvent

I think the narrative comes from a collection of tools that make up your portfolio. The truth is the resume these days is one part of the mosaic. As a head of marketing who does frequent hiring, I can't tell you the last time I read a resume cover to cover. While I don't think it is irrelevant, I feel like you get points taken away if you have a resume that is overbearing or has grammatical errors. So removing half is a positive step to achieving this goal. We all know that we are rarely hired blindly, it's who you know. So of course you social media profiles (especially LinkedIn) should be built out and compliment your resume. The resume should be cut down to the most critical parts and showcase your accomplishments.