Archive for April, 2009
I wrote out the jobs I held during college and I put an objective statement at the top. But, I put it on red paper, and I drew some designs in the corners. Why not? Would someone really not consider me for a job for doing this? I figured that if they had a problem with my resume, we definitely weren’t going to get along anyway…so it really saves everyone a lot of time and energy. The process either starts or ends there.
I’ve found there are two kinds of people. The ones who play by the rules and expect everyone else to, or the ones who challenge the way things are done and constantly ask “why?”. I like and can identify with the people in the second group. This is the group I want to lead and inspire.
Back to my resume. I sent it out to three companies. I got two interviews, and one was with my favorite radio station. I thought I didn’t have a prayer getting in there – I didn’t know anyone who worked there, and seriously, who gets a cool job like that out of college? Well, I aced the interview and got the job. My red resume not only stood out, but it got me an interview and a three and a half year stint with what became a huge opportunity for me to learn about myself and the business.
I made a portfolio of all my experiences at the radio stations and later used it in my interviews to actually show what I was talking about. I was the real deal. I got both jobs I wanted and took a lot away from both experiences. The positions were focused on human resources, marketing, sales, and recruiting (some were combo roles).
Upon starting my business, I knew it was going to have to be something different. Something that made people say “now explain to me again what it is you’re doing…?”. I thrive on the unique, the different, the “oh my god, what is she doing now?” statements. I created the “anti-resume” and utilize this concept when consulting my clients. I create personal branding campaigns and find new ways for each client to stand out.
So let’s gently step outside the template and slam our foot down on the other side. We’re here, and we’re not coming quietly. Let’s have fun recreating ourselves and the job seeking process. I promise you job searching does not have to suck.
This is the beginning of the Anti-Resume Revolution. Let’s get started.