Business Insider reported a follow up about the "relevant resume" project of a job seeker writing a resume highlighting his foibles and mistakes instead of his accomplishments and successes. It was a risky thing to do, but it got Mr Scardino more responses than his typically written resume sent at the same time got him. I think this was a brilliant move. In the era of a "curated life" we live in where all of our Social Media accounts are groomed to look "perfect" to put something out there that reflects your weaknesses is intriguing. I can only imagine what my relevant resume would look like but I think I am too afraid to write it :).
That being said, I do think this worked for Mr Scardino in large part because he is in a creative industry. It reminded me of the flip side experience of a young man who wrote a cover letter full of brags about his strengths that got wrecked by the investment banking industry - it became fodder for internal jokes and the poor guy never did get a banking job. (See links included below).
For all of us, it makes us rethink how to prepare this one piece of paper that represents YOU either for your first real job out of school or your next step when you are ready for advancement or if you are unemployed - how to make the resume work for you to get you the chance to have an interview so you can actually shine instead of the paper.
The Relevant Resume (Business Insider)
Awful Cover Letter (Gawker)
Lisa Vento Nielsen