First Resume Still Rocks 536 Years Later

In 1482, when he was 30 year old, Leonardo da Vinci needed a job, so he created what is generally believed to be the first resume to win the favor of Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan. Typical of da Vinci, its a stunning work that stands the test of time.

Three Reasons da Vinci Got Hired

Leonardo didn’t send a generic letter, he created a specific document for the Duke that was personalized in every way. This showed that Leanardo wasn’t looking for just any patron – he wanted to work for the Duke.

Employer Focused
Leonardo didn’t talk about his past accomplishments, he focused on what he could do to help the Duke and the city of Milan. This shows he cared about the city more than himself.

Leonardo talked about how he could design bridges, build boats, sculpt and paint, or even build machines that take water out of trenches. This showed he had many skills and could learn quickly.

Will Your Resume Stand the Test of Time?

None of us are Leonardo da Vinci, yet we can all learn from his resume tricks. His approach is applicable to resumes, and even informational interview requests. Think about your reader and ask these three questions:

  • What do they want and need?
  • What are their drivers?
  • How can you help them?

Then based on those answers, create a specific and relevant introductory communication that speaks to them directly. That will open your doors to your dream development job.