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Leonardo da Vinci Had a Resume?

Posted on: December 8th, 2011 | Category: DirectView, hiring process, Our Blog, Resumes

hireVision resume trivia for HR managers

When he wasn't creating some of the world's greatest works of art, he was writing what must have been a very cool resume.

Not only that, he wrote the first resume. That’s according to a very fun historical slide show on resumes posted over at Business Insider entitled “The 500-Year Evolution Of The Resume”. We thoroughly enjoyed this history lesson, and hope you do too. Our favorite trivia:

  • 1482 – Leonardo da Vinci writes the first professional resume.
  • 1500 – A traveling lord in England offers a handwritten letter of introduction to acquaintances and calls it his resume.
  • 1930 – Most resumes were written on scraps of paper over lunch with employers.
  • 1940 – Resumes include weight, age, height, marital status and religion. (Egads!)
  • 1985 – Online background checking begins.

Today, resume writing, reviewing and processing have taken on some seriously high-tech forms, according to the Business Insider presentation. Summaries and Position Statements have replaced objectives, and social media sites like LinkedIn have had a huge impact on networking for job seekers. And what employer doesn’t at least google a prospective employee? The presentation also notes that resumes today are shorter and more likely to have visuals and multimedia elements than ever before.

Still, the influence and importance of a good resume has not diminished. “Even in this digital age, the resume is often the the most powerful ‘first impression’ a prospective employee gets to make,” says Bonnie Levitt, MSW, PHR,  hireVision’s Director of Hiring Management. “If it doesn’t shine, you don’t get a do over.”

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