Resume – Resumé
1. begin to do or pursue (something) again after a pause or interruption.
Communicating is not a lost art. At the chamber breakfast, one member was describing her business; calligraphy cards, book marks and custom work such as sermons and religious cards. She told a story of teaching second graders penmanship then laughed quietly. “Some people still like the written word.” Her reverence for the ancient art of communicating struck me.
I thought of her while editing my resumé later in the day. Agonizing over every word I hoped would convey more than simple tasks and accomplishments.
Oh yeah, hold on, I think it is right here on one of these computers,
wait, I just had it
oh, that was two years ago…
A task I dreaded to the point of vacuuming instead of addressing it, turned out to quite fun once I dug in. Communicating who I am and what I want to do, through what I have done. Because that’s what I want to keep on doing, just different. Reading back over the last version, I highlighted the events and activities that made me smile.
The next step was to weed out the stuff that doesn’t matter anymore. All the acronyms from positions in the corporate world that mean little to the purpose of this current document. I need to clearly communicate what I can contribute and why I want to do this. Whatever the next “this” is.
Thankfully it needn’t be done in cursive penmanship and the spell check is handy. It still requires some careful thought and a small trip down memory lane. I don’t want to get on an airplane every few days. I see no glamour in high heels and the suits. The politics of business are as distasteful to me as the politics of the presidential election. The store was the first job I can remember in many years where I got up every morning, excited about projects and customers and accomplishments. That gained me a network of like-minded people.
My resumé is how I resume from here…