Yes, I had to lie! (on my resume)

Before you run into conclusions let me give you some context, undoubtedly I have the most diverse professional career of anyone I’ve ever met. I’ve spent short bursts of time digging into various professions and subjects and in most cases quite successfully.

To put that into plain English, from the age of 15 when I was driving my scooter and delivering pizzas to 18 years later consulting corporations and individuals on a variety of critical decisions, I’ve been paid to do more than 16 different jobs. From a DJ to Clown to Publisher to Event Manager; Marketing Executive; Web Designer; Furniture designer; Home and Commercial property renovations; Film Production Manager; Photographer; Commercial TV Director; Business Analyst; Strategist & Consultant.

For the people who know me it makes total sense, I’ve spent night and day learning something new and then practicing everything I’ve learnt across various projects and jobs. In fact, the last 20 years I’ve been on vacation twice and that’s because my girlfriend forced me to. The reason why is that I never felt like I need to stop my routine and take a vacation. For me it seemed like a punishment rather than pleasure.

Putting all my experiences into my CV makes no sense to the average Joe, and Applicant Tracking Systems like Taleo won’t be my friend. If you don’t know me, you might think that I’m lying; I’m probably not good at any of those things or I have no clue of what I’m good at! Well, truth is that there’s one skill that I’ve been consciously developing since I remember myself, and that’s the ability to observe, learn, develop and adapt my skills to any task that stimulates my brain. As a result, my ability to learn something new is quite advanced. Which doesn’t mean I can be good at everything, but it does mean that I know myself good enough to choose to learn things I can be good at and enjoy, no matter what the subject might be.

Thus, I’m making a conscious decision to leave things out of my CV and even round up dates in order to “fit” the mould. A mould which was created when people had limited access to information and were expected to learn just one thing across their career.

I firmly believe that there’s a positive change which we should embrace. And encourage managers across corporations and domains to accept that talent is everywhere. And sometimes it’s obvious and some times it’s not. Some times comes from the academia and some times from the school of life. And more often than not, our next most capable hire seats next to us. Doing something else while spending his or her evening trying to expand their skills and discover their own potential to a new career. Which might not make sense according to their resume and professional path but makes absolutely sense to them and their life’s journey.

Other things you might like: Emilie Wapnick — Why some of us don’t have one true calling and Regina Hartley — Why the best hire might not have the

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