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Entrepreneurs Destroy Resumes at ‘Death to the Resume' Rally


As confetti rained down on them, several dozen entrepreneurs ripped apart their resumes Monday night during the “Death to the Resume” rally at New York City's Hudson Terrace, where serial entrepreneur and internationally syndicated columnist Scott Gerber launched his “Death to the Resume Movement” and his book.

Gerber started the movement to fight youth unemployment and underemployment.

“We need to move away from that handout, resume-driven society that our parents, mentors and everyone else told us was the truth,” Gerber, 27, told guests. “We need to find a way tomorrow to take control of our own futures in order to be successful.”

Attendee Mitch Bloom said he and the rest of Generation Y shouldn’t let entrepreneurship be an obscure, unattainable idea.

“We can’t sit around waiting for the man to employ us. We need to grab it by the throat and use its power,” said Bloom, who starting in January plans to earn a master’s degree at New York University and then help fix the U.S. food system. “From production to consumption, we can do it better. I can’t live in the resume box if I want to exhaust all my options for making real change.”

To propel the movement forward at the rally, Gerber released his new book, “Never Get a ‘Real’ Job: How to Dump Your Boss, Build a Business and Not Go Broke,” in which he explains how recent college graduates can strategically quit their jobs and transform their business ideas into income-generating entities.

As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, the book ranks No. 2 on Amazon.com’s “New Business Enterprises” bestsellers list.

[Related: 5 Questions for Scott Gerber]

In October, BusinessNewsDaily compared Gerber to X-Men’s Professor Xavier – who brought together people with extraordinary abilities – because Gerber created the Young Entrepreneur Council, a team of fresh-faced entrepreneurs, including rally attendees Michael Simmons, CEO and co-founder of Extreme Entrepreneurship Education; Adam Gilbert, founder of MyBodyTutor.com; and Kris Ruby, president and founder of Ruby Media Group.

“If Gen Y gets its head on straight, we’ll be the most successful entrepreneurial generation in history,” Gerber told BusinessNewsDaily. “However, unless we stop listening to the older generations who do not and will never get it, we will become a truly lost generation.

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