I've been an entrepreneur for as long as I can remember. Right from trading pokemon cards in school, selling software at in high-school, and then the multiple companies I built, sold, shut down since then. Apart from the odd internships I took up while still working on side projects in High School, there was never a point in my life when I found it necessary to write myself a CV or Resume.
But I knew that a lot of my friends were making these 2-3 page detailed structured documents that desperately try to exaggerate the abilities, achievements and multi-faceted interests of an individual. From time to time, I was lured into searching for formats online and making one just for the heck of it. But, I never thought I'd have any use of this document.
In 2009, I started hiring for my first proper startup, Ion Education. This is when I realized how commercial this document had become. Every single candidate walked into my office with 1-3 pages of paper which was cluttered with a lot of text, boxes and tables.
A curriculum vitae (English pronunciation: /kəˈrɪkjʉləm ˈviːtaɪ/, /ˈwiːtaɪ/, or /ˈvaɪtiː/; CV) is a written overview of a person's experience and other qualifications. In some countries, a CV is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters regarding the job seeker and is typically used to screen applicants, often followed by an interview.
I dislike the concept of a resume or CV, but I love stories.
I believe that short & structured stories have the power to attract your reader's attention. More importantly, its the best form of content to keep them engaged in your life's work by giving it context. Its difficult to showcase your passion and depth in a bullet list. Stories on the other hand have the ability to paint a life-like picture of the path you've taken.
For the longest time I was against the concept of having a resume all together. But when the time came to document my journey so far, I decided to write (probably) the first ever Anti-Resume.