A man came to see me, and he told me his story. He’d just sold a business that he’d launched with a partner nearly twenty years ago. When his partner retired, my client had stuck around to grow the business, and he’d done a great job of it – so much so that the proceeds from the sale of the business made it possible for him to retire on the spot. “But I don’t want to retire,” he said. “I want to work for at least one more company, and I don’t want to have to start it from the ground up. Too much work.”
The gentleman wanted to job-hunt, and he wanted some advice. “Do you have a resume?” I asked. “I have one,” he said, “but I’m not crazy about it. A resume-writer put it together for me, according to what I hear is the latest resume-writing fad.”
“A new resume fad?” I asked. “I can’t wait to hear about that.”
“Skills!” said the CEO. “Transferable skills. My resume is loaded up with ‘em.”
“Oh dear,” I said. Resume fads take ages to die, and the skill-based-resume fad is going strong. The poor gentleman’s resume was crammed with skills from one end to the other, from Leadership Communication ...