I am happy to say that today, Jordi is not only employed, but employed by her dream employer in her dream job, and the ‘method’ she followed has lessons for all of you who are currently in the same boat, or about to graduate in April.
I have a secret I’d like to share with you all: my little sister, Jordi Friese, graduated from Queen’s University this past April and is still looking for meaningful employment. You can imagine why I’m not screaming this from the rooftops.
Resumes that focus on experience a) fail to take advantage of the opportunity to sell related life experience, rather than unrelated work and academic experiences, and b) are totally and completely boring.
The traditional resume is fantastic at showing how a sales manager can become an excellent sales director, but not so great at showing why your history major makes you the best candidate for an entry-level job at a magazine. So how do you show an HR rep that you truly posses the qualities they’re looking for? You ‘Resumé Outside the Lines.’
Would you rather have an employee who is well-rounded and active, and comes into work with energy each day? Or an employee whose life revolves around work and who will likely resent his/her work very quickly?