The Resume’s Evolution Over the Past 500 Years [Infographic]

Did you know Leonardo da Vinci is credited with writing the first professional resume? Since then, this keystone document to most any job search has evolved substantially… most rapidly over the course of the past century. In the 1940’s, data like weight, age and marital status used to be included on resumes… (how times have changed!) And 25 years ago the first reports appeared that the resume was dead… (or maybe they haven’t changed so much).

Whether you’re a recruiter reviewing applicants’ resumes, or a job seeker currently double checking your resume for perfection, you’ll find this infographic from RezScore interesting. The resume has evolved a lot over the past 500 years… even if its role in the job search hasn’t.

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  • Gene E. Moore, SPHR

    Just want to add my two coconuts worth on this great graphic
    on Resumes.
    The author has omitted a very important item that was highly
    popular after WWII to the late fifties.
    The use of a “T-letter” as your resume. Today it would more be on the lines of Cover
    AKA Bro Kini
    Source “40+Plus of Alameda”