When I train career advisors and job seekers on the strategic approach to the job search, I make sure to mention a resume is an obituary. Resumes do a great job telling people what you did. Where you worked. What things you've done in your past that made a difference. Related: Job Search: How To Write Accomplishment Stories Resumes have a place in the job search as well. They are requirements in many HR departments' intake process. They help hiring managers to remember you after an interview and pass you along the chain. But to really stand out from the rest requires you demonstrate the value you can bring in the future, not the past. Remember, you are being hired to solve someone's problems.