What We Can Learn About Leonardo da Vinci’s Resume

March 19, 2015

Career Advice



A 30-year-old Leonardo da Vinci wrote the above resume in 1482. And Marc Cenedella, who gives job search and recruiting advice, decided to analyze it in a recent post. You’d be surprised at how relevant this resume of yesteryear is today. Jump over to Cenedella’s post to read the translation of Leonardo’s CV. You’ll quickly learn that this is a skills-based resume that touts all of da Vinci’s talents. But that’s not all. He spins his talents so that they perfectly address the needs of his potential employer, the Duke of Milan, making himself an irresistible hire and instant problem solver.

Here’s what Cenedella says:

“You’ll notice he doesn’t recite past achievements. He doesn’t mention the painting of the altarpiece for the Chapel of St Bernard; he doesn’t provide a laundry list of past bombs he’s built; he doesn’t cite his prior employment in artist Andrea di Cione’s studio.

No, he does none of these things, because those are about his achievements, and not about the Duke’s needs.

Instead, he sells his prospective employer on what he can do for him.”

It goes without saying that Leonardo was smart but it turns out he was also a savvy job seeker. How will you apply this knowledge to your resume?

Image Courtesy of Leonardo3 from Hoepli edition 1894-1094 – www.leonardo3.net


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