Jullien Gordon on Why a Modern Resume Should Be More Portfolio and Pitch Than Paper

In Chapter 11 of 14 of his 2010 Capture Your Flag interview, motivation teacher Jullien Gordon shares why the traditional resume is dead and what should be included in a modern resume. Gordon focuses on value creation, not job responsibilities. The resume should communicate the value you create wherever you go. He also believes the next generation resume should not be a one-sheet resume; rather, it should be a pitch complete with a portfolio of previous projects. Gordon holds an MBA and Masters in Education from Stanford University and a BA from UCLA.


Erik Michielsen: How do you define the modern resume?

Jullien Gordon: The resume 1.0 is dead.  There is just so much information A-symmetry in the career search process.  A lot of people think of resumes as a job description, ‘I’m going to take the job that I did and I’m going to put the job description as the bullet points.’ But at the end of the day, what you really want to show an organization is how you moved something within that organization from point A to point B.  So, this is not your job description and what you did on a daily basis, but what value you created while you were actually at that organization.  They could care less about the education – the school you went to and your GPA.  That might get you in the door and decrease that barrier to entry but at the end of the day your resume should communicate the value you create wherever you go. 

In addition to that I also believe in this notion of the resume 2.0.  It’s more of a – it’s in the same way that business do these ten slide decks.  I think you should have a deck about who you are, what your purpose is, what your passions are, how you create value, what problem you are committed to solving, everything that’s a part of the 8 Cylinders of Success, and you should also have a portfolio of your best work.  That can be a business plan that you wrote in school.  It can be a paper that you wrote in school.  It could be an even that you coordinated.  When you go to an interview, instead of coming with this one sheet resume, you should come with your entire portfolio and lay that out on the table and say, ‘This is how I’ve been creating value at all the organizations and spaces I’ve been in the past five years and this is what I can bring to your organization.’ That alone, bring your portfolio and your resume 2.0 and your resume 1.0 written in the value creation way will set you apart from any other candidate.