/ Asked by Raoul
I have been employed with a city (first responder) for 10+ years. A public safety director was recently hired, and ordered that ALL employees submit a current resume. Can I refuse? On what basis?
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, January 2, 2019
There could be several reasons that the new public safety directory is requesting a resume. One reason may be that he/she wants it for talent planning or succession planning. I would personally not recommend that you refuse until you get more details or a better explanation as to why it is being requested. If you have hesitations on submitting one, it's acceptable to ask the director or you supervisor what the reasoning is behind the request. I don't think there is any harm is asking but I also don't think there is any harm in submitting a copy of your resume. My question for you would be why don't you want to submit one? If you don't feel comfortable submitting one, I would ensure that you have a valid reason as to why, before you refuse.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Thank you for your service as First Responder, the job you do is incredibly important in all of our communities!  I would be curious to know why you would prefer not to submit a resume?  You might consider it an option for self representation that gives you a chance to talk about your strengths, your experience, your skills in your own words.  It can be a challenge as a new leader to know about all the talented people in your organization, so asking for resumes creates an opportunity to learn. 
There are incredible examples of resumes out there that are more about skills and accomplishments than a dry look at jobs held and degrees achieved (though that is certainly part of it).  If you are interested, there is an infographic styled resume from Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo that goes into the concept of representing points of pride, a day in the life, etc., along with the standard experience and education  Though there is (of course) some debate about whether or not this is her actual resume, the fresh approach is more representative of an experience and "person" look than a standard CV. 
On a personal note, I try and keep an updated resume at the ready all the time. It is something I have been doing throughout my 20 year career and it has served me well.  When asked it is ready, when I do something worth adding, I add it so it isn't forgotten down the road.  I have never seen it as a challenge when it is needed, just a great way for me to put a spotlight on my accomplishments and the things I want to talk about in my work history.  Best of luck to you!
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