OK, the first part of this is really from Friday but I liked the title. I sat through a webinar on modern day resumes yesterday and all I can say is that I feel for anyone trying to land a job these days. One thing about not really wanting to leave a position is that I hadn’t thought about a resume in many, many years so it was a bit eye opening.
The concept of a resume is kind of silly to begin with. I know it is just a cheap and easy way to screen through people and it is much easier to reject a piece of paper than an actual person. Still how can you truly and effectively capture who you are in one or two sheets of paper? Well you can’t. Then again, that may not even be the main point of a resume since it needs to have some hook that makes the person looking at it want to see who you are.
Of course, in the name of efficiency, most places now automate the resume screening process so we learned all about how to strategically place buzzwords into the document to get past the automated screeners. At the end of the day, you are supposed to think of a resume as marketing material and the product you are selling is you. I guess that’s always been the case but it was interesting and terrifying to hear that.
Self-confidence falls along a spectrum. Some people are full of it (and full of themselves) and can easily tell you all the good they’ve done (or the things they think they can take credit for). Marketing and fluff just comes more natural to them. Others will always sell themselves short even when they have a long list of accomplishments. They’ll focus on the things they think they don’t do well rather than the things they do. There is also the modesty/humility thing that makes it very hard to want to describe yourself in flowery terms. Clearly, the first group has the decided edge in a job search.
It seems kind of silly to make a decision to retire just because I don’t want to go through creating a resume. I have thought a great deal over the last couple of months and I know that I have no interest in going back to some full time corporate gig. If I do anything else, it will be something that has meaning to me. Some of the most rewarding parts of the job were working with people and helping them on their way. Some kind of teaching/tutoring thing seems like something I could do that adds value. But I’m guessing you still need a resume for that so I will plod along trying to describe all the greatness that is me.
The weather turned on us today and we fast forwarded into summer with temps in the mid to upper 80’s. If you like rapidly changing weather, the middle of the country is the place to be. Since it has been rainy and cold the previous two weekends, this was the opportunity to get out and plant a bunch of annuals. Not exactly great weather to be outside digging around but it beats trying to do it in the rain. With the rain, we are behind so there is still more space to fill up with flowers.
I also brought out the summer things we stick in the ground. I guess I should call them wind spinners since I think that is what they are. I love sitting and watching the wind catch them and seeing things spinning around. Don’t know why but it is soothing. Plus two were anniversary or Christmas gifts from my parents so it is a nice reminder of Mom. She loved to give us stuff like that.
Also had to give Rocco a bath. Someday I’ll go through the health issues he’s had over the last several months. Getting old sucks for all of us. But he picked up some kind of bacterial skin infection which lead to small circles of crusty skin and fur falling out. So we got medicated shampoo from the vet and took him outside and scrubbed him down. He’s actually really good about baths – he just stood there and let us do whatever. The only thing that confused him was that the shampoo had to stay on for 10-15 minutes and I don’t think he understood why we were just standing around on the deck with him still on the leash.
And just to share one more little thing, today is our wedding anniversary so we are headed out to a nice dinner later. Fondue is you were curious because there is nothing better than melted cheese except maybe melted chocolate and you get both in one place. 29 years which just sounds like a very long time but it still seems like just a short time ago when we got married. Strange how that works.
OK, that’s enough of that. Got to go feed Rocco because he needs to eat.