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All you need to know about the Evolution of the Resume


The evolution of a resume was first chronologically authored by Todd Lempicke in a "History of the Resume"


The technique by which a resume is crafted has drastically changed over the hundreds of years. The first official resume was drafted by Leonardo da Vinci in 1482. Initially, the main purpose of a resume was to serve as a letter of introduction. Today, it is a vital part of the whole recruitment process.


Let us now look into how resumes have evolved in the past hundreds of years.



The first official resume, as mentioned earlier, was written by the famous Leonardo da Vinci. In the 1500s, resumes were used by travelling lords. They carried hand-written letters of introduction which they circulated amongst acquaintances. This caused the popularization of resumes. During this time, resumes were used in a very informal manner.



In the early 1900s, resumes were mere formalities. They were mostly written on scraps of paper. By the 1940s, resumes became the ‘Facebook profiles’ of the period. They started to include weight, age, height, marital status, and religion. Resumes started to be an expected document in the recruitment process by 1950. With the passage of another decade, resumes started including outside interests like sports, club affiliations etc.



Resumes gained a more important as well as professional significance by the 1970s. Around 1985 online background checking began. By the end of the 1980s, fax machines had