The rules are simple:
1) Get rid of the fluff and write your truth, even if it risks offending someone.
2) Keep a few polysyllabic words, so they know you possess a smart of some hue.
3) Interrupt the intellectualized rhythm of the standard resume with your own strut.
4) Stand tall and tread hard.
For those of you who are a bit reluctant to begin, I have taken the liberty of posting my résumé online as an example for you to follow. Enjoy!
Talia Taylor |address: google me | phone: 510.2**.1439 (don’t call me after 9 p.m.)
To get a job so that I can continue to feed, clothe and house myself.
- 8 years experience interacting with people who infrequently smile
- Computer literate; can troubleshoot Macs. Only because they are better than PCs
- Went to college for longer than expected
- Entrepreneurial experience (I sold candy and other paraphernalia in high school)
Sales Professional|2010 seasonal
- distract dissatisfied customers from their initial complaints and occasionally confuse elderly Germans by pretending to be a customer
- open and close registers
- meticulously dust glassware
- influence customers to become a valued card holder so that over time, they will owe an excessive amount of money to the corporation
- show up to work every day
- talk for one and one half hours as animated as possible to keep up with adolescent attention spans
- make friends with co-workers and promise to go out for drinks, but never do
- organize and chaperone field trips with the intent to increase the social and cultural capital of youth
- execute classroom management practices that are non-threatening and diplomatic, on most occasions
- refrain from yelling at over-demanding customers/clients
- listen intently to conversations that have no relevance to personal growth
- boost immune system by becoming accustomed to inhaling toxic nail polish removers
- display an overwhelming sense of emotion when students recite personal poems in front of a crowd of over 1,000
- drive long distances to cities with fictive names
- wear really cool clothing and accessories
- show resourcefulness in finding money for food and transportation when my paycheck was late arriving. every month
University of East Anglia| Exchange Student| 2005-2006
- attend courses in which european americans condemned Langston Hughes’ for writing about lynchings instead of tulips
- refrain from socking people
- host a radio show with as little talking as possible
- navigate my way through way Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice, and Barcelona with just one guidebook and little interest in reading it
- land a feature column in the Valentine’s Day edition of the school paper
- join the photography club and learn to develop photos of my ex
B.A. I talk a lot to some people, San Francisco State University
B.A. I like all things Black people related, San Francisco State University