Going Beyond Resumes

Showing Your Creative Growth From Your Learning & Development

Seven Ways To Show Skills Without Experience On A Resume
Learn how to stand out from the crowd with help from seven members of the Forbes Human Resources Council.
  1. Demonstrate A History Of Learning

No one is born with work experience. Everything must be learned, and passion and desire can be more valuable than knowledge. Those entering a new field should provide any previous work or academic experience that shows their willingness and ability to learn. Anyone not happy in their career should be free to make a change, but there should be a history of progressive learning and achievement. – John Feldmann, Insperity

Yet what’s amazing about this statement is that there is no place to show this informal learning on a resume, yet it’s obviously an integral part of The Future of Work. Again we need something that goes beyond the limited structure and layout of a resume. Even more, we can’t separate out learning from working, as the two are often entwined. So seeing the larger context of your life which shows how your work and learning choices entwine with it.

That said though, I think that proving that you know what you’re learning is essential though and I think your blog or site is a perfect way to do this. The problem with most blogs though is that this knowledge is often spread out over many posts. So you need something like a page that summarizes the essence of this knowledge but then links to posts that relate to it as references.

  1. Connect The Dots

Stand out as a candidate entering the workforce or transitioning careers by connecting to the challenges the company is trying to solve. Do your research via LinkedIn, social media, Glassdoor and news reports. Demonstrate your knowledge/insights. You can also build relevant experience via projects and pro bono work that is more in line with the position you seek. – Sara Whitman, Peppercomm

Please tell me what company is trying to solve reinventing the resume? Please tell me which company is trying to solve how we can integrate vertical development into society to help transform it?

No one is tackling these things because they’re seen more as social issues rather than business issues. And yet they directly influence and affect the business world, as they could release the untapped potential of billions of people and create such a surge of productivity and growth the world has never seen before.

But ya, the only thing I can do is create a project section to my website and show the progressive essence of what I’m learning from this research.

  1. Be Creative, Dare To Be Different

Before I transitioned into HR, I was in marketing and held a degree in marketing. I put my creative hat on and showed similarities between marketing and human resources and how having such a background can be beneficial to the department. I recommend to highlight key things on your resume that you currently possess that will allow for an easy transition. Charece Newell, MSILR, SHRBP, Sunspire Health

The words “Be Creative” really resonate with my Be Real Creative mantra. And showing how MMORPGs are a metaphor for The Future of Work, as they both require “guild-like” communities of practice for “levelling up” via vertical development, is pretty much as far out there creatively speaking as you can get, without being seen as completely crazy.

All said and done, the more I see articles like this though, the more it seems like if you’re going to do your own research, learning, and development on something so groundbreakingly new and can actually monetize your “exploration” in some way, why would you ever want to work for a company again at all?

That to me is pretty much The Future of Work I envision the world is moving to, with the conventional concept of an organization eventually going extinct, because they’re not undergoing this same radical playing (aka research) and learning as individuals are. In their place will arise new types of organizations, much more fluid and directly supporting the growth and development of their members much more so than conventional organizations could ever conceive of doing.

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