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1482 - Leonardo De Vinci writes the first professional resume
1940 - Resumes are like Facebook profiles. They include weight, age, height, marital status and religion.
1930 - Resumes were just formalities. Most wrote them on scraps of paper over lunch with employers
1950 - Resumes are no longer just formalities, they are now expected
1960 - Resumes start to include outside interests like sports and clubs
1970 - Digital typesetting and word processors make resumes more professional and sales-like
1980 - The first VHS portfolios are recorded and used. Books on resumes and career counseling boom.
1985 - Online background checking begins
1986 - Microsoft releases an RTF universal doc
1987 - Enter, fax machines -- the new, cool way to send resumes
1994 - The Internet and World Wide Web go public. Monster.com goes live, and CareerBuilder is founded.
1995 - Email is the new, cool way to send a resume
2000 - Dot Com boom hits full stride
2002 - Interactive resumes begin and mark the beginning of Optimal Resume
2003 - LinkedIn launches
2005 - Optimal Resume releases an online resume builder
2006 - Video resumes pick up, more and more high school students begin sending them to colleges
2007 - video resumes hit Youtube
2008 - Resume objectives are out, Summaries and position statements are in. Social Media enters the picture, LinkedIn dominates employment and networking. Personal branding via SEO and keywords become a worry; nearly all employers google prospective employees.
Today - Resumes contain social media links. They're now shorter but with more visuals and multimedia. Digital CVs and Infographic resumes are trending.
1500 - A traveling Lord in England offers a handwritten letter of introduction to acquaintances and calls it his resume
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