The history of the Résumé
The origin of the well renowned Curiculum Vitae. Curriculum vitae is a Latin expression which can be loosely translated as [the] course of [my] life.
Traditionally the word vitae is rendered in English using the ligature æ, hence vitæ. Variants include Ǣ ǣ Ǽ ǽ.
The below is a full timeline of how it came to be!
Leonardo da Vinci writes the first Professional Resume.
A traveling lord in England offers a hand-written letter of introduction to acquintences and calls it his Resume.
Resumes are just formalities. Most are written on scraps of paper over lunch with employers.
Resumes are like Facebook profiles. Including weight, height, age, marital-status and religion.
Resumes are no longer just formalities, they are now “expected”
Resume’s start to include outside interests like sports and clubs.
Digital typeset & word processors make resumes more professional and salesy.
The first VHS portfolios are recorded and used. Resume & career counseling books boom.
Microsoft Word launches, setting the standard for resumes for decades to come.
First recorded prediction of the resume’s death.
Fax machines are now the most popular way to send resumes, Microsoft releases an RTF universal doc.
The Internet and Web go public, Monster goes live and “careerbuilder.com” is founded.
Email is now the most popular way to send a resume.
Adobe releases Reader for free, making PDF resumes a popular alternative.
Dot Com boom hits full stride.
Interactive resumes begin.
LinkedIn ‘The Ladders’ Launches.
Video resumes pick up, more and more high school students begin sending them to colleges.
Video Resumes hit YouTube.
Resume objectives are OUT & Profesional hedlines are IN. Social media enters the picture. Personal branding via SEO and keywords become a worry; most employers Google data on their prospective employees.
Resumes contain social media links and are shorter, with more multi-media; Digital CV’s and Infographic resumes are trending.
Over a hundred million resumes will be sent out this year. Scientists decode the resume in 2011, with “REZSCORE”, bringing data and analytics to the job search for the first time.