My real résumé
I have been searching for a job-upgrade, on and off, for about two years now. Sadly, through this process I’ve found that I’m not very hire-able based on my professional credentials. Frankly, my résumé stinks–my undergrad degree is in Modern Languages, my work experience is mostly service-related, and my volunteer experience is nice but it doesn’t really translate to useful job-skills. All of that, coupled with the fact that I live in a small town alongside a thousand other college graduates who are applying for the same three jobs…is enough to depress a girl (and make her whine on her blog).
Then there’s always the old conundrum of lack of experience…“Must have three years of related work experience, if not we won’t hire you, and you’ll actually never get any experience!” 99% of the time, if I’ve been given an interview, I’ve got the job. I am great in person, bad on paper, which is encouraging and discouraging at the same time. I can only hope that when I get my Master’s in two years that I’ll be better off.
I was recently rejected again (twice), and was not even given an interview, even though I was over qualified for this one. I was crying, and sipping self-pity tea in my backyard, when I started to think about how unfair a résumé really is. It defines ME by a simple list of my “professional” accomplishments and my education, but says nothing of my ability to form relationships, my spirit, my sense of humor, or my worth. There are several facts that I’d add to that piece of paper if I could. I wonder what a potential employer would think if s/he received something like this in the application packet.
What you really need to know about Tobi:
She is a good listener.
She is insightful.
She is kind.
She is a good writer.
She has a creative spirit.
She is genuine.
She is intelligent.
She is a hard-worker.
She is meticulous.
She has a great sense of humor.
She is empathic.
Tobi’s Work-Related Faults:
She thinks too much.
She takes things too personally sometimes.
She can be annoyingly meticulous.
She likes to have long, in-depth conversations.
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to turn in a résumé like this one? Is there anything else that really matters about a person? I mean, we’re all trainable, right? Can you relate? What would your “real” résumé say about you?