It seems at least once a month a video will go viral on the internet. Facebook posts, especially about free airline or theme park ticket giveaways, frequently go viral. I don’t recall a resume ever going viral – until now.
Last month, Philippe Dubost of Paris posted a fully-interactive resume that mimicked an Amazon product page, right down to customer reviews and shopping cart. Huff Post Business dubbed it “pure genius.” Yahoo! News called it “the best online resume ever.” Newswires all over the country were buzzing with this creative approach to job-hunting. After only 8 days, Dubost’s resume had been viewed over one million times.
Attached to each article about the resume were comments ranging from “why didn’t I think of that?!?” to “looks like plagiarism to me.” Some comments are clearly sour grapes. Some state that they tried something similar, but it didn’t garner the attention Dubost got.
As a professional resume-writer, I have a few comments on the subject, of course. First, kudos to Dubost for his attention to detail. He adapted every element of a platform almost everyone knows well, especially people in his field (he’s a web product manager). The bad news is, he adapted every element of a platform almost everyone knows well. While using a template is acceptable, even encouraged at times, using a company’s website as a template could be viewed by some as teetering on the edge of plagiarism or trademark infringement.
Second, breaking out of the box isn’t for every profession. Hiring managers in some fields such as graphic arts, entertainment, or advertising might find this resume intriguing. For the traditionalist hiring managers, Dubost broke a few “rules” of resume writing: don’t include a picture and don’t include irrelevant personal information (like your best marathon time), and do make it easy to find the relevant points.
In today’s job market, it can be difficult to get noticed and it seems the edges of the envelope keep moving outward. How does a high-tech professional get the kind of attention Dubost got? Well, I can’t promise your resume will get over one million views, but it doesn’t take that many to get that dream job. In the days when most applications are only accepted online and are usually viewed by machines first, the best resumes are ones that include keywords common in the profession and clear accomplishments. You want to show that your sparks of genius are repeatable, that you’ve had many great ideas that you’ve acted upon and gotten results.
If the whole business of writing that attention-garnering resume is not your “shopping cart,” let me show you how I can help. You, too, can have an “Amazing” resume, but one more suited to you and your profession.