There is the "new" experts on the Internet who say that you should throw away the resume, ignore them, no one uses them anymore, and they no longer are relevant. I am amazed how quickly the internet pundits can dog pile an idea. I have heard this advice given over and over on many podcasts and blogs, all of them saying forget resumes, be an entrepreneur.
Well, the smart entrepreneur knows that resumes do matter, and I have made sure to redo my resume at least once a year, and here is why;
People do want to see it.
It is the most visited page on my web site, so people do look, and it has generated many emails and discussions with many people, recruiters, other entrepreneurs looking for information or expertise. My resume is a keyword machine for SEO, and draws in many visits. I make it a standalone page, and it leads visitors to visit my main site.
It gives credibility.
The Internet is full of experts, but most have not done much in business, and that is what this is, a business. Internet business is bigger than just marketing or selling an ebook, and if you can show you have the chops, you are ahead of the pack. Don't tell me you are skilled and good, show me.
It makes you look at yourself and your career. it is important to look at yourself and your business objectively.
A resume gives you a sense of the path you have walked, the wins, and the lessons learned the hard way. (Don't know about you, but I only learn the hard way.) it is important to get some distance, so you can think clearly and see yourself without the external influences. A resume gives you a sense of where you have been and how you got there.
Finally, and this is the most important reason to create a resume if you are an entrepreneur.
A resume tells you what you need to learn to go where you want to go, who you want to be. It tallies up your skill set, let's you see what you are good at, and what you are weak in, so that you can build that skill up, or hire someone to compensate for the skill.