Sunday, February 3

An "Interesting" Résumé Means Good Luck

websites by passive ninja jax
I got one of those weeding-out phone interviews recently. (I'm kind of looking for a job.) The interview was a lot like the ones I got right after I got laid off as a teacher of twelve years back in Wisconsin. Even though I've had an added several years of experience (not teaching) in addition to my years as a teacher, I still apparently have an "interesting" résumé. I know this means I won't be likely to get a call for a real, in-person interview, since the only people who appreciate interesting résumés are those who don't work in HR. If you also have an interesting résumé, I feel for you, and I'd hire you if I could.

People with interesting résumés are often the ones running the companies, which is why they are not working in HR. These people could potentially do any number of jobs in the business as well as those who have been educated to do a single task. They are creative dreamers who don't want to be constrained by titles and mundane tasks. However, a company may not need several people with these kinds of résumés at any given time, since other people can fit into the right positions once created. It might even get a little hectic if everyone working for a company was actually interesting.

Here's an example from a few years back: I interviewed with an HR guy at a web development firm in MKE. The company was expanding, and they needed salesmen, PHP writers, Javascript scripters, UX designers, programmers, graphic artists, marketers, social media something-or-others, and several others. All of these people would work together to create wonderful websites at $20,000 a pop. Sometimes $50,000 for a really nice website. Instead, I did all this stuff myself (without any titles), so I tried to explain how I could still help their company, maybe by taking on smaller jobs or helping with the education sector. The problem was that they didn't see themselves working with smaller jobs or getting into the education sector. I was told that I could probably get a gig as a junior developer once I learned Javascript, even though I'd already done enough to show I could be useful; even though I had one of the highest scores ever on their stupid logic test.; and even though one of my best friends worked there.

Generally, that's how it's gone for me in interviews. No, I don't know the specific software you use and I don't have a degree in pencil-pushing. The HR folks like to see me as a square peg trying to fit in a round hole, but I'm really more of a sledghammer who's ready to make a brand new opening. Like the boss, in a way. Years ago, anyway, before there was a PDP for the BPM leading to BPI or BPR, reported to the board of directors and investors in a TPS report.

My latest interview that didn't make it past the phone phase was similar to the others because I was told the old résumé was interesting (and it's gotten more interesting as the years have gone by). I can now add actual books that I've published, presentations I've made, a house that I rent, lessons from teaching that I sell, and others that I've helped to become successful. Video tutorials and customer service, all on my own. Even websites like this one. It's all part of this interesting résumé that begs the question: "What's your real passion?"

I know, the answer is supposed to be something in the list of requirements for the job at hand. Perhaps, "Sitting in an office and answering phone calls." I realize that the real passion of many American workers is to try to find ways to get by with doing the minimum required while responding to social media posts or text messages, but those people took 15 college credits in marketing, and they can tell someone their passion lies in communicating the usefulness of a product or making money for a company. Yes, passion lies.

I know one guy who has an uninteresting résumé. He lacks creativity, but he's personable and handsome, with a business degree from a good college. He's gotten jobs at all kinds of high-profile firms, always losing those jobs in a couple years, but still claiming on his résumé that he was a big part of some kind of sales initiative. It's a good résumé. I've read it. He looks like a person who knows what he's doing. I can remember him telling me at one point that his job at a certain company was so easy because the product basically sold itself. That company went bankrupt the next year, but it's a memorable company name for his résumé, and no one can prove that he had anything to do with poor sales.

Those of us who freelance, create, work hard, and even fail, trying to establish ourselves as something on our own, will continue to have interesting résumés that don't get us in to see the boss, who might actually understand our passions. We could probably be trained to do just about anything in the company, or figure those tasks out on the fly, but since we don't have one critical skill that we've practiced over and over again, we're not seen as a good risk.

People with interesting résumés are like those draft picks in sports with all the "up side" potential. HR departments don't roll the dice on a Giannis Antetokounmpo when there are several Anthony Bennetts or Nerlens Noels out there, checking all the boxes. The challenge of having an interesting résumé is to convince the gatekeepers that you're the next Giannis for their company, even if their company has never had a Giannis and don't know how to play someone like that. Good luck.

Thanks for reading. See more of my content:

Satisfamily - Articles about being happy as a family
Passive Ninja - Web Design in Jacksonville
McNewsy - Creative Writing
Educabana - Educational Resources
Brave New Church - Church Website Design
Voucher School - Pros and Cons of School Vouchers
Luthernet - Web Design for Lutheran Churches
Sitcom Life Lessons - What we've learned from sitcoms
Mancrush Fanclub - Why not?
Epic Folktale - Stories of the unknown
Wild West Allis - Every story ever told about one place
Educabana on Teachers Pay Teachers (mostly ELA lessons)
Real Wisconsin News - Satire from Wisconsin
Zoo Interchange Milwaukee - Community website
Chromebook Covers - Reviews and opinions

Brian Jaeger - Resume (I'm always interested)

Contact Me

Contact Brian


Email *

Message *

Pennies From Heaven AKA Welfare for Writers

The reason why we have ads on this site is because that's one way writers make money online. Your presence on this site right now might make a penny for our family. Clicking on an ad might get us closer to $.50. Buying something online as a result of clicking on a link can make us a few dollars. We will not get rich from this money, but every penny helps out. Every like or share or re-post or follow. Please, make a donation to our family by clicking.

JAX Weather


Jacksonville jax money Florida crime housing activities vehicles economic development school home news transportation planning police Duval website design kids politics traffic research TV neighbor reviews sports taxes parks statistics East Arlington writing history environment St. Johns roads travel water employment fun men previous owner rankings Arlington weather women beach review business church jaguars pollution dating fashion football guns hurricane library race tourism fatalities health care zoning baseball music JEA Mayport restaurant summer animals games military unf Lyft St. Augustine education flooding pets spanish AC Halloween farms film french hockey noise ocean po radio Duval County Fletcher high school armada cats christmas controversy debate decision fall fort caroline style superhero 2021 AAA Roadside Assistance Advice Blowhard Cambridge AICE County Sheriffs Duval County Public Schools Easter FDOT FL Google Gyros Haretna Hilton Honors James jaeger Kernan Boulevard Lutheran Milano's Ocala Pressers SEO St. Johns County Starbucks T-shirts Tim Tebow VW acting ad of the week addiction again all balls arts asked avoid behavior belief best bi-polar boo celebration chances chump colleges column common comparison consequences councilmembers credit card cuisine difficult to use don't work doors driving games entertainment experience expression faith finding food frustration future gambling gaming gas station grass hack handles high school exchange homes housing market humor illegal traffic stops impact importance improve indians informed infrastructure insightful issue. killing language last chance light boat parade lights local dating scene lottery love made mascot meaning mental health merchandise mistakes mood swings no U-turn sign no brains notebooks opening opinion origins ownership party paying for hotels personal opinion pet ownership pitbull play players pooper popular pound sand program protect real estate reason reform religion request revenue rewards program rights road trip save school identity school pride school spirit service simple sketchy slang someone state struggle support system take down taste teachers thank you timucuan traffic laws traffic stop universities unpredictability usage vehicle pet peeves welcome workplace