Placing your resume in the public realm requires certain considerations:
1. Be selective.
Presumably you don’t handout your resume to everyone, you are selective. In the same way you should be selective about the mediums you post. That way it is more likely to reach the intended viewer and thus increase your odds of being noticed.
2. Keep it tailored.
Just as you are selective in where you post your resume, you should also keep it tailored to the specific job or area you are interested in. It can be tough fitting everything in one page and it’s tempting to lay everything out to cast a wider net. This is a mistake. If you’re going for certain jobs, keep the resume tailored to those jobs.
3. Keep promoting yourself.
Nothing replaces actual, physical networking with people. Following up and connecting with them on LinkedIn or Facebook is not only a great way to maintain those ties, but having a resume posted makes it convenient for those you are trying to reach to see what you have to offer.
*Note: I’m currently re-tooling mine before I post it on LinkedIn.
Going public with your resume is like standing nude in front of a painting class. Before all those eyes there is only you, flaws and all, for good or bad, being judged. Posting your resume through your website, blog, or one of the various social media websites is mostly likely up there with public speaking in terms of people’s anxiety to do it.
For this reason, I understand the apprehension in taking your resume public. No one likes being judged, especially with something that for many is a personal thing.
The key thing to remember though is that you are being judged everyday. People make assumptions and comparisons about you whether you like it or not. Why not take as much control over that view as possible?
Looking at my Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, my resume is already public, though somewhat condensed. You can see my academic and professional history, so why not add some detail by posting my full resume? It seems like a logical step.
That being said I think there are some general considerations to make in choosing to go public with your resume.
Those I’ll discuss tomorrow!
My friend received a job offer which was subsequently described by her future boss as “an endless succession of routine projects… often mundane and rarely too difficult or great in scale.” These she told me appeared to be positive aspects of the job, at least by her boss’s tone.
I am fully aware mundane and routine are workplace realities, at times. However if the office culture appears firmly entrenched in those realities, it is probably time to start looking for another job. Unless you like never being challenged.
Below are a few books I’ve had queued in my mind over the course of a very busy Spring. There’s a good mix of genres with various styles and lengths.
A.J.’s Summer reading list:
A Hungry Heart: A Memoir (Gordon Parks)
Campaign Craft” The Strategies, Tactics, and Art of Political Campaign Management
Confederacy of Dunces
Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
The Back of the Napkin
The Great Gatsby
The Peloponnesian War
The Power of One
The Learning Tree
The World is Flat
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
The Wealth of Nations
Less Than Zero
Laughter in the Dark
Nietzsche’s Will to Power and Beyond Good and Evil
On the Road
Plato’s The Republic
This post is meant for the causal viewer of sports. Those who wish to to remain relevant in a sports conversation (say among a group of colleagues/partners/higher-ups/etc.).
You desire to be included and engaged in the office or lunch time sports discussion. You watch the big games but generally sports viewing is not a dominate factor in your life.
To help me, and you, I brought in an expert, Mr. There’s Always Next Year (TANY) himself, and after much discussion we came up with the following four rules:
- Be first;
- Stay current;
- No bold pronouncements; and
- Know when to exit.
Stay ahead of the conversation.
Instead of the waiting for the conversation to include you, make a brief opening statement. For instance TANY suggests asking a generalized question like “what do you think of the playoffs (currently referencing the NBA)?” However, you should know SOME detail (see Rule 2, Staying Current). TANY states, “You should at the very least know what sports are in season at a particular moment.”
In another example involving golf , you could ask if Tiger Woods is having a good season (make sure he’s playing). Or ask if he is playing this week? This shows some knowledge of current events in the sport while not forcing you to get into specific detail.
Whatever answer you receive, you’ll have a springboard for your next comment, which usually can be inferred based on their answer.
For the the novice, TANY suggests checking the standings of the sport “every once in awhile to see who is at the top, teams or individual players.”
Know who the biggest stars are and who they play for, and you should be able to BS your way around a sports conversation.
The bottom line here is in today’s world information, on ANYTHING, is at your fingertips in numerous ways. Instead of browsing Facebook, Perez, or Bossip.com first thing in the morning, scan ESPN (or turn it on while eating breakfast), do a quick scan of stories from the previous night. Get an RSS feed for a top sports blog or a follow a sports news group on twitter. It takes all of five minutes to digest talking points that could be used later that morning among your colleagues.
No bold pronouncements
TANY feels bold pronouncements like “that guys sucks” or “that team is going all the way” is a no no since usually you will be asked to support your position.
You want to to avoid any in-depth discussion which will most certainly reveal your ignorance. You want to skim the surface, or optimally, float above it.
Know when to retreat
The conversation went well. You successfully managed to remain relevant and have your presence acknowledged. Now it is time to leave. Always have an exit in mind. Look for natural breaks in the conversation to leave. You want to leave on your terms and not because the group has moved on without you.
The take away
The goal of these four rules is engagement in the most generalized way you can get away with. Keep in mind there will be times when you cannot get away with merely skimming the surface. In those situations it never hurts to admit your ignorance about particular subject. However this can be done in a way that minimizes damage to your inclusion in the conversation.
Saying things like you missed that game, or you’ve been caught up on a project, family, etc., are all viable options over saying “I don’t know.”
Special thanks to TANY.