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LIVING RESUME VS PAPER RESUME

In 2014 NYPS embarked on a campaign to inspire, empower and uplift the black LGBT community. With so much negativity on many of our social media accounts, we decided 2014 will be our “One Shining Moment” to uplift, not tear down. We challenged our members to not only follow our lead but to lead by example. This piece is the first in helping our people move to the next level. It’s your time to shine!

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Working with young people, you have no choice but to expect something on your timeline or any other social media account to say something like “filling out resumes all day today – once again” or “ugh it’s Monday, have to spend 8 hours at this job”. It’s just one more thing (some) people have to complain about, in addition to the other things on the list they already complain about.

I question, why complain about something you CAN actually control? I don’t remember who said it, but a saying this reminds me of is:

“The definition of ignorance is to constantly do the same thing and expect a different outcome”

Now yes, that is a bit harsh, and I by no means am calling anyone ignorant, but it makes you stop and think.

One thing I teach at different presentations is how to be a “living” resume, so you don’t have to always rely on a “paper” resume. Let me give you an example. I have never had to apply for a job – after the first job I had. While others complained and slacked off, I was always on it. I would come in early and stay late. That saying “there is always someone willing to do what you will not do” is 100% true. I went above and beyond, so much so that my work spoke for itself. My work ethic made me stand out from the crowd and gained me numerous raises and positions. I WAS my resume. My work spoke for itself (expect this sentence alot in this piece). If it meant going to bed at a certain time when all my friends wanted to go out – I did it. Fast forward to today and all my friends look forward to having lunch because they know I can afford to pay the bill.

Let’s face it. Hiring someone based off of what they wrote on a piece of paper is risky. Not even you would do it. And who has time to verify information? The first job that I am referring to had absolutely nothing to do with what my career is today, however it led to what I do today and now I wake up every morning excited about Monday!

You would never be able to see my work ethic from reading a piece of paper, so I chose to rely on being a “living” resume. Even though I am in a position I love, I get a new job offer regularly. My work speaks for itself. No need for a paper resume.

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Let’s face it. Hiring someone based off of what they wrote on a piece of paper is risky. Not even you would do it. And who has time to verify information? The first job that I am referring to had absolutely nothing to do with what my career is today, however it led to what I do today and now I wake up every morning excited about Monday!

You would never be able to see my work ethic from reading a piece of paper, so I chose to rely on being a “living” resume. Even though I am in a position I love, I get a new job offer regularly. My work speaks for itself. No need for a paper resume.

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