A friend of mine always jokes that no one in my family has a real job. I come from a long line of self-employed people. I married a self-employed guy who comes from another family like mine. Neither of us even knows that many office-y type people.
So this week when I found a great sounding job listing that required a resumé, I was a little lost. I didn’t even know who to talk to about it. I mean, the last time I filled out a job application, it was just that. It had lines for me to fill in. My references were my parents and people I would babysit for.
I have many skills, employable skills, but when I sit down to make it all pretty and one page. Um, that’s more difficult.
I don’t know if it comes off that way here, but I feel I come off better in person than on paper. At least when it comes to my credentials.
When I applied to college, I had to talk my way in. It wasn’t until I had a face to face interview that they even wanted to let me in, that’s how bad I looked on paper.
I am at a point in my life where maybe I am actually looking for a real type job? I don’t really know. I mean, I am being open to it, which means I need the tools for it, in case the right one comes along.
So I spent the weekend writing my resumé. Do you know what went through my head every single time I looked at the computer? The song I Hope I Get It from A Chorus Line. There is a line “Who am I anyway? Am I my resumé?” that kept kicking around in my head.
It’s the weirdest thing. Writing out all your information on a piece of paper. Selling yourself. Making all of your accomplishments fit in a line. Trying to glean what you’ve gained from each experience in your employment history. I didn’t include a lot of things I think are my greatest strengths. Things like I know a song from a theater musical for pretty much any situation. That I can sense when a child is about to launch into a major temper tantrum, and that I can usually come up with a quick diversion.
I am me, so I did add a few maybe, um… unconventional items to my list of my skills. I mean, I do think that stating that you have a sunny disposition is a good thing. As an employer I would appreciate that kind of heads up. That’s the applicant that would go to the top of the pile, if’n I was the one hiring.
Anyway, if you know of any great jobs, let me know, because I now have a shiny new resumé that is eager to be passed around.
Being so detail oriented, I’ve used one of my exceptional skills to compile the following playlist for you. It consists of many of the songs that were going round and round in my head this weekend. All about working and hoping you get the job!
Listen to it on your mobile device.