I recently found this post of Seth Godin’s through my blogging comrade Matt Wengerd. Matt recently switched his blog’s title from 104 weeks (originally named as such to chronicle his two year journey through the University of South Florida’s graduate music program), and he continues to write thought provoking content and find great links and resources.
Seth’s post, titled ‘Why bother having a resume?‘, raises some valid points for representing oneself to prospective employers these days. Rather than a traditional resume, Seth proposes the following alternatives:
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?
Read Seth’s complete post here.
While a resume still remains the document of choice when providing an organized listing of training, experience, and accomplishments in the music field (whether in orchestral performance or academia), I know that I have had many doors open in the past few years through this blog, not my resume. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I added something new to my resume–it must have been a few years ago! I’d rather give prospective employers my blog URL than my one-page resume any day of the week, for it surely provides a more three-dimensional representation of what I do.