A Quick History of the Resume – Los Angeles Resume Writers

the history of the resume and how it's changed over time

It’s easy to think of a resume as a bland business document that’s merely a means to an end. But a quick tour de force through the history of the resume shows that this job application document is also a pretty cool study in all things social. Here’s how the resume has evolved right along with our culture.

  1. The world’s first resume writer was none other than Leonardo da Vinci, who scrawled his accomplishments down on paper.
  2. In the 1930s, resumes were informal, and that’s putting it lightly. Jobseekers usually wrote them on scraps of paper during lunch interviews with employers.
  3. Don’t like the thought of employers scouring your Facebook profile? Job hunters in the 1940s voluntarily gave all that personal info and more — right on their resumes. Their age, height, weight, marital status and even religion were all there.
  4. Resumes weren’t a required part of a job application until the 1950s.
  5. Back in the 1980s, job applicants recorded their portfolios on VHS.
  6. By 1994, the job search had gone digital, thanks to sites like CareerBuilder and Monster. Not surprisingly, email replaced faxing as the most popular way to submit your resume.
  7. It’s the millennium: If you haven’t noticed, the age of resume experimentation is now upon us. Job seekers are trying everything from interactive resumes to YouTube resumes, and even 140-character Twitter resumes.
  8. These days, most employers are checking your social media profiles, and are typing your name into the Google search bar at least once before making a hiring decision.

Handwritten resumes. Faxed resumes. VHS resumes. Digital resumes. The resume has come a long way since the days of scrawling it on a lunch napkin, but one thing is for sure: the resume is still the most effective and accepted way to show a potential employer why you deserve the gig.

Contact Write In Color for a custom resume that fits you to a tee in both content and design. Whether you’re a job seeker or are simply looking to revamp your current resume, we’ll make your accomplishments and talents shine. We help resume and cover letter clients in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Southern California, and on all seven continents via our virtual services.


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