August 22, 2016

Resume Paper Isn't Even Skin Deep

In the job hunt, we try to put our best feet forward. We want our resume to catch the eyes of recruiters or prospective employers. We double-check our spelling and grammar, play with cool fonts, and decrease already small margins. We struggle to cut our experiences, skills, and education down to a single page. We ask ourselves, “Does this one page summarize the entirety of what will make me standout as a qualified applicant?”

Resumes are supposed to be relevant and tailored to the position. For that reason, I don’t include the several years I waitressed on my resume when I apply to positions in marketing. What do marketing and serving have in common? More than you might think.

Waiting tables taught me to work under pressure…with a smile. The stress of managing multiple tables (getting orders, placing orders, filling drinks, calculating change, running credit cards, communicating with the hostess and chefs, and treating each customer as if they’re the only person in the restaurant) is surprisingly similar to the stress of juggling deadlines, handling multiple projects, and thinking creatively and quickly to problem solve. It also taught me to work as part of a team and communicate clearly and effectively.

Maybe your time as a collegiate athlete taught you to be coachable, handle criticism, and be mentally tough. Or you’ve learned to connect with others and raise money through your dedication to a non-profit.  Perhaps becoming a parent has given you new levels of patience when things aren’t going as planned, impressive time management skills, and increased selflessness. 

A piece of paper that describes your skills and experience is only two-dimensional. Humans aren’t two-dimensional. At TSP, we say that resume paper isn't even skin deep. It means we look beyond resumes, cover letters, and check boxes to see an individual’s complexities.

What makes you unique? What gets you excited? How do you work best? Can you explain your thought process? What do you do for fun? What are you looking for? In what ways do you uniquely contribute to company culture? Where do you fit?

It might be worth asking yourself and your co-workers, “What’s not on your resume?” We’re going to ask ours and let you know what we learn.


Tags: resumes, #powerofpersonal, culture, employer brand

Cheyanne Cierpial

Cheyanne joined TSP as a Marketing Coordinator, working with the team on social media, content creation, and event coordination. After graduating from Denison University, she moved to Columbus where she can be found exploring bookstores and coffee shops during her free time. 

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