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!

CV Origin timeline Leonardo da Vinci

1482

Leonardo da Vinci writes the first Professional Resume.

CV Origin timeline English Lord

1500

A traveling lord in England offers a hand-written letter of introduction to acquintences and calls it his Resume.

CV Origin timeline Resume Formalities

1930

Resumes are just formalities. Most are written on scraps of paper over lunch with employers.

CV Origin timeline Detailed Resume

1940

Resumes are like Facebook profiles. Including weight, height, age, marital-status and religion.

CV Origin timeline Resume Mandatory

1950

Resumes are no longer just formalities, they are now “expected”

CV Origin timeline Personalized Resume

1960

Resume’s start to include outside interests like sports and clubs.

CV Origin timeline Digital typeset

1970

Digital typeset & word processors make resumes more professional and salesy.

CV Origin timeline VHS portfolio

1980

The first VHS portfolios are recorded and used. Resume & career counseling books boom.

CV Origin timeline Microsoft Word

1983

Microsoft Word launches, setting the standard for resumes for decades to come.

CV Origin timeline resume death

1986

First recorded prediction of the resume’s death.

CV Origin timeline fax resume

1987

Fax machines are now the most popular way to send resumes, Microsoft releases an RTF universal doc.

CV Origin timeline internet launched

1994

The Internet and Web go public, Monster goes live and “careerbuilder.com” is founded.

CV Origin timeline Email resume

1995

Email is now the most popular way to send a resume.

CV Origin timeline PDF resume

1996

Adobe releases Reader for free, making PDF resumes a popular alternative.

CV Origin timeline Dot Com boom

2000

Dot Com boom hits full stride.

CV Origin timeline Interactive resumes

2002

Interactive resumes begin.

CV Origin timeline linkedin

2003

LinkedIn ‘The Ladders’ Launches.

CV Origin timeline video resume

2006

Video resumes pick up, more and more high school students begin sending them to colleges.

CV Origin timeline yputube video resume

2007

Video Resumes hit YouTube.

CV Origin timeline social media

2008

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.

CV Origin timeline multi media

2010

Resumes contain social media links and are shorter, with more multi-media; Digital CV’s and Infographic resumes are trending.

CV Origin timeline today

Today

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.

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