My Resume had a Problem
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By saying my education, would that say to employers how hungry I am to learn more? By listing my experience, was I showing that I wanted to grow along with a company? Not being able to communicate these things on my resume was, I decided, a problem.
I’ve made a few pretty out-there resumes before (see this one or this one), with moderate success. One thing I did learn is that you can impress HR people, but you have to speak their language first. What I mean by that, is some of my older, crazier resumes were simply incomprehensible for an HR person, too far out there, I literally even had a hiring rep. tell me my resume scared them. Therefore that person never handed my resume to the design director at the company (who I think would have liked my crazy resume alot more.)
So this past weekend when I decided to freshen up my resume again, I decided to a take a different approach. The first page is standard run-of-the-mill stuff, because I’ve learned that the first person to SEE the resume (HR) is looking for that, but I’ve included more a little bit more icing on the cake.
The second page is just three large circles illustrating what drives me, what motivates me, what pushes me, what challenges me, what gets me excited to be a designer. The three factors that fuel the engine that is my creativity.
This is what I want companies to know about me, I want them to know the how and why of my working style. Here is why I choose those three words.
What would happen if I looked behind that closed door? In my constant search for innovation, one of the most exciting parts is looking into the dark corners. Finding answers in software I don’t know how to use, stories I’m not sure how to interpret, and research that I haven’t started. My forever curious nature is what leads me to the new.
I will never forget going to a writing workshop in college and hearing the speaker say -
“When writing anything, you always have to ask yourself three guiding questions. 1) What is story about? 2) What is the story really about? and 3) What is the story really, really about?”
What is it that I’m really trying to make? Does it really look and feel like I’m thinking it does? And if it does, why is that? The quest for meaning is similar to the quest for truth.
3) Comfort and Discomfort
This one is my favorite to talk about, mostly cause I get to channel Nietzsche for it (pictured with his great mustache above.)
When I am comfortable, I’m effective, productive, and successful. But am I really being innovative? Likely not. But, I really enjoy getting solid results.
When I am uncomfortable, I’m getting lost, challenging my perspectives, and shaking things up. But is that really the best traits to have when a deadline is looming? Likely not. But, I’m always trying to grow into the new.
So it’s a balance, I sometimes have to be comfortable, and sometimes I have to make myself uncomfortable.
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