Friday, May 26, 2006

Résumé Woes

I hate having to write a résumé. For me, it’s the worst part of the whole job hunting ritual. I can take all the written tests, interviews, group discussions or anything else they have to throw at me, but somehow the résumé always gets me down. And let’s face it -- if you can’t write a good résumé, you might as well forget about the rest.

I’ve always envied writers for this reason. For a writer, the résumé is a piece of cake! Just another day at the office, you might say. For him, the résumé ought to be the easiest part of the job hunt. Actually, I’m not even sure if there are any other phases in the selection of a writer. Look at it this way -- if you want to select a good writer, all you have to do is look at his résumé! If it’s well written, select the candidate! And who cares if it’s all lies and fabrication? Just throw him into the fiction section! Which begs the very significant question -- are fiction writers expected to lie as much as they can in their résumés?

However, I somehow feel writers won’t be very good at writing résumés. It’s part of a grander theory I like to call “God does not play Nice”! (Yes, Einstein got it wrong by one letter -- he never forgave himself for that.) I mean, you can’t have the job hunting process be as simple as the job itself. That just isn’t fair. Also, this would provide irrefutable proof of the fact that I’ll make a great writer someday, since I already struggle with my résumé. Some say I’m stupid, but I feel that’s just a derogatory word for “optimistic”.

I’m off to patch together a résumé now.

13 comments:

Salil said...

Yes I've seen your résumé. For starters, you could change its font from Comic Sans to something more formal like Arial or Times New Roman.

Renuka said...

but comic sans is soooo arnolds character... isnt it?

Arnold said...

salil - Arial or Times New Roman?? eeeyuck! Maybe i ought to go in the other direction with even more offbeat.. like maybe Haettenschweiler or Monotype Corsiva

renuka - how is comic sans my character??? oohhh.. i get it now.. :P

visionunseen said...

i thought this post was slightly confused... it could be the 'resume effect' for all i know!
and why is it that a new title makes the blog seem estranged...

Arnold said...

visionunseen - hehe! what exactly do you find so "estranged" now?

visionunseen said...

well, i can't put a name on it. i just take my time with simple things, the new title felt like a new place, that i didnot feel a part of (sorry iam 'assuming' some space in your previously titled blog!), and therefore was in two minds to comment on! makes sense?

Arnold said...

visionunseen - damn! if more readers feel this way, i might actually have to change the name back to the old one... [is that what you're suggesting?]... i hope you can "feel a part of" this new space as well.... ?

visionunseen said...

not suggesting anything, though yes i did like that one better, i guess in some way it was a more representative reflection of my interpretation of your writing... bedroom traveler!

Arnold said...

visionunseen - oh ok.. cool! so when i'm bored with this one, i'll switch back to that one ok? what the names I had before that one? did you not like those?

visionunseen said...

i only just began reading your blog... dunno abt the ones you may have had before. it'll be an interesting prospect to learn of them though! ;)

Arnold said...

visionunseen - well, there was:
"C'est La Vie" - when I first started blogging
"C'est La Mort" - When I took a break in between
"C'est La Rèssurection" - when i resumed blogging
"Smiling Buddha" - just... :P

and then "Bedroom Traveler"

visionunseen said...

ah, i like the first three for their insight... but your last retains my vote! :)

Arnold said...

visionunseen - ah..ok.. nice to know :)