The History of the Resume [Infographic]

Just in case you were curious, the resume has a long rich history. Check out the infographic below for the details. (Click the image for a larger view) And if you are interested in the history of sourcing / recruiting, check out some of my work by clicking here.

The History of the Resume


Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell (@jmillermerrell) is a workplace change agent, author and consultant focused on human resources and talent acquisition living in Austin, TX. Recognized by Forbes as a top 50 social media influencer and is a global speaker. She’s the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource and host of the Workology Podcast.

Reader Interactions


  1. Joshua Lee says

    Great little history lesson on the resume. I’ve been thinking about the issue with the resume for about 7 or so years actually. I’ve even documented some ideas on the subject. The number one issue is that its self written. This is also one of its primary strengths however so there is a balancing test which needs to occur. Anyway, great little read. Thanks!


    PS – some of your “Super friends” are aligned together……I’m sure you know this already. 🙂

  2. Lauren Smith says

    Really clever infographic, guys! We’ve certainly come a long way… faxing – ha!

    Adding on… Today we also have talent communities where resumes are shared among targeted social connections.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Charles says

    That’s a great info piece Jim thanks. It’s a nice feature for our office wall 🙂 I remember when Adobe released PDF, changed my life! There’s a lot of demand for video resumes now, though that’s something the applicant still has to do themselves. Maybe video resumes should be part of a recruitment service, what do you think? – Charles



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