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an open call for response

SethSeth Godin wrote a great post about not needing a resume.

A resume is an excuse to reject you. Once you send me your resume, I can say, “oh, they’re missing this or they’re missing that,” and boom, you’re out.

and

If you don’t have a resume, what do you have?

How about three extraordinary letters of recommendation from people the employer knows or respects?
Or a sophisticated project they can see or touch?
Or a reputation that precedes you?
Or a blog that is so compelling and insightful that they have no choice but to follow up?

Some say, “well, that’s fine, but I don’t have those.”

Yeah, that’s my point. If you don’t have those, why do you think you are remarkable, amazing or just plain spectacular? It sounds to me like if you don’t have those, you’ve been brainwashed into acting like you’re sort of ordinary.

Great jobs, world class jobs, jobs people kill for… those jobs don’t get filled by people emailing in resumes. Ever.

Here’s what I want from you, dear reader:
What does Seth’s vision look like for professional musicians and music educators. As a soon-to-be graduate of a Masters program, how do I apply these principals (aside from playing like Christian McBride tomorrow)? I think this is a powerful notion and I’d like to unlock it for my own career. Thoughts?

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