I am thankful that I have a job. Really I am. I am watching people I love trying to find a job and seeing the struggle of participating in the process without having current employment. However, I still find myself frustrated with the fact that my one year anniversary with my current company is 2 days away and that will also mark my ten month anniversary of looking for a job that gets me back to where my passion remains. After about two months in my current position I realized that the gripes of the last employee here were less based on his bitterness for being fired, but more accurately based upon the lacking structure coming from our superior. If only I realized that before I accepted the job. C’est la vie. I can’t turn back the clock so I’ve been trying to keep looking towards the future.
After ten months of in-depth searching, I’m starting to realize that it’s less of whether I am actually equipped to do the jobs that I’m applying for and more about beating the computer that scans my resume before it makes it to an actual human. If you background is in something clear-cut such as accounting then I would think it would be easier to guess the key words you need within your resume to get past the scan. However, if your pursuing job in entertainment with a vast and varied background then guessing which are the most important key words is like flipping through the dictionary and randomly stopping on any given word.
I’m exhausted from trying to play the word game and beat the scanning systems. What happened to the days when you could talk to actual people and put your resume in their hand? I’m applying for jobs in the arts and entertainment which most will agree is an outgoing industry based upon talent and creativity. With that being said, it just boggles my mind how in such a creative industry I’m given one opportunity to submit a very structured and rigid resume of my background and ruled out based upon that before I’m given the chance to demonstrate my actual talents. Just for fun I decided to submit a resume that was more creative than my normal one and yet included all the same information. I formatted it slightly different, changed the font and reorganized the order of items listed. By no shock of my own it was returned to me with a denial email faster than my traditional resume.
Here I sit, frustrated and creatively stifled awaiting a company to take a chance on me so that I can once again surpass their expectations. Since most places won’t let you even drop things off in person any more I’ve given up on the idea of sneaking into a decision maker’s office and performing a grand performance of my qualifications. Therefore, I’m going to attempt what my loved one did on her blog since it caused a small stir within her job search…
Good afternoon internet visitors! I’m well educated in two very different, and yet very similar, industries in a standard higher educated sense as well as with many years of hands on experience. The flexibility and adaptability skills I possess are only surpassed by my dedication to creatively inspire others to action to get to common goals with a little style along the way. Give me the chance to bring my talents to your company and I promise to exceed any projections you set for me while keeping a smile on my face all the while. My creativity is screaming to be let loose from its current cubicle and I would like to put it to work for you instead of the HR computer scanner that won’t let me get through to you. Therefore, for your viewing pleasure and random perusal you’ll find my complete professional resume below. (I’m always happy to supply my entertainment and production resumes when requested…just in case you were wondering.)