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CH Classics: Why Bother Having a Resume?

Once you send me your resume, I can say, “oh, they’re missing this or they’re missing that,” and boom, you’re out. Having a resume begs for you to go into that big machine that looks for relevant keywords, and begs for you to get a job as a cog in a giant machine.

Joel Bein
Joel Bein

A Career Hackers Classic, this full post originally appeared here on Seth Godin's blog. Seth is, well, the master of the creative mindset.

Our takeaways:

  • If you want to have a fulfilling life, if you want to stand out, if you want to make an impact, if you want to earn good money, if you want to be great, then send something different than a resume.
  • Artists create projects, while cog-in-a-wheel employees send resumes.

This excerpt is powerful:

Here’s why: A resume is an excuse to reject you. Once you send me your resume, I can say, “oh, they’re missing this or they’re missing that,” and boom, you’re out.

Having a resume begs for you to go into that big machine that looks for relevant keywords, and begs for you to get a job as a cog in a giant machine. Just more fodder for the corporate behemoth. That might be fine for average folks looking for an average job, but is that what you deserve?

Read the full post here.


Seth Godin is a teacher, an author, a marketer, a doer of projects. For more than thirty years been trying to turn on lights, inspire people and teach them how to level up. He's written thousands of blogs posts.

CH ClassicsBurn Your Resume

Joel Bein

Joel Bein is CEO at Career Hackers and passionate about personal growth and self-driven learning. As a classically trained musician, he is Founder of the New Orleans Chamber Players.