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Are women moving hiring beyond the résumé?

June 14, 2021, 12:51 PM UTC

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Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Darnella Frazier is awarded a Pulitzer special citation, the Bidens visit the U.K., and we wonder: are we done with résumés? Have a productive Monday.

– Beyond the page. Are résumés overrated?

In a new op-ed for Fortune, former longtime CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin weighs the question. It’s one she considered for her new book, Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power, ultimately concluding that résumés are in fact becoming less relevant—when women do the hiring.

When women are in charge, they want to know about a prospective hire’s values and life experience more than they want to simply see credentials laid out on a page, she found. Leaders from Ava DuVernay to Stacey Abrams have shared how they looked for expertise not easily translated to a one-page document. Abrams, working as a city attorney when she was 29, created a paralegal training system for the expert office secretaries who couldn’t afford law school; DuVernay has championed hiring directors who haven’t yet been given a shot anywhere else.

In the words of Dominique Crenn, a three-Michelin star chef: “When I hire someone, I don’t care about their résumé. I want to know who they are and what they think about themselves, humanity, and the planet.”

So why are women more likely to look for more than a résumé? Do women better understand the barriers—from sexism and racism to caregiving to time out of the workforce—that can prevent someone from earning the promotion or title that looks good on paper? Or are female leaders simply more interested than their male peers in getting to know a job candidate as a whole person, beyond their professional accolades?

Broadsheet readers, what do you think? If you’re a hiring manager, are you looking for more than what’s listed on the page—and why? And job seekers, does your résumé seem to be as important as ever? Shoot me a note at—your response may be featured in a future Broadsheet.

Emma Hinchliffe

The Broadsheet, Fortune’s newsletter for and about the world’s most powerful women, is coauthored by Kristen Bellstrom, Emma Hinchliffe, and Claire Zillman. Today’s edition was curated by Emma Hinchliffe


- A tragic award. The Pulitzer Prize Board, which honors the best in journalism, awarded a special commendation to Darnella Frazier, the teen who filmed the death of George Floyd. The award is seen as an acknowledgment of how Frazier changed the world by bearing witness and recording what she saw. CNN

- Special relationship. President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden visited the U.K. this weekend, where they met with Queen Elizabeth II (who Biden said reminded him of his mother). The first lady also took some time to join Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, on her work on early childhood education; the two co-authored a CNN op-ed together about why early childhood learning is so important. CNN

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- Remembering history. In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland reminds readers of the horrific history of boarding schools that took Native American children away from their families in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Haaland's own grandparents were taken to such schools—many of which were run by the department she now leads. Washington Post

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- Inside UNC. What exactly happened with Nikole Hannah-Jones's tenure dispute at UNC-Chapel Hill? The Chronicle of Higher Education has a deep dive: Chronicle of Higher Education

- Disability diversity. As Nasdaq moves toward board diversity requirements for the companies that go public via its stock exchange, should it consider disability? In a Fortune piece, Ted Kennedy Jr. argues that including disability representation in these new standards is crucial. Fortune


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"Never underestimate the power of a girl and her pen."

-Poet Amanda Gorman, accepting an award from the nonprofit WriteGirl 

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