September 26, 2016

Resume Paper Isn't Even Skin Deep: Blake Tan

Blake Tan, who works on the Executive and Professional Search team at TSP, is skilled in and passionate about uncovering the story behind, well, just about everything.

It’s part of why he believes that resume paper isn’t even skin deep. Blake explained, “Everyone has this story about where they’ve been, what they want to do, what they hope to accomplish. I think there is more to people than what can be boiled down to some bullet points.”

Take, for example, a recent candidate Blake was working with. “In talking to her, I found out that she made this switch to the pharmaceutical industry because she really wanted to feel like her work was making a positive impact on the world,” he explained. “Learning and hearing that, I knew that she was going to be a candidate who had a lot of passion for her work. There’s a story there—you can see the switch on her resume, but she dove into the story and gave me insight into who she was and what motivated her.”

We asked Blake for some insight into who he is beyond the bullet points on his resume.

“What is on my resume is my recruiting experience. What’s not on it is that I’m a gamer, videogames and board games. It goes beyond just playing the games for entertainment. I like knowing about the company that made the game or if a certain developer produces games I enjoy, I will buy every game they make.”

“I also love to write. I’m working on a novel that I’ve been working on for four years. There’s a whole world that goes with it. There are pages of stuff in my notebooks that aren't related to the story necessarily, but it helps me understand the world I'm writing about and inhabit it. That’s not on my resume.”

Where do gaming, recruiting, and writing overlap for Blake?

“It’s that thing—understanding that people have a story. Whether its fictional characters in a fictional world or real people. If you talk to someone who has ten years of experience, you don’t really know him or her until you know his or her story,” Blake said. “It’s seeking to understand their story and knowing that each story matters.”

Blake is hosting #takeoverTSP this week, so check out our Instagram @taylor_strategy for a glimpse into life at TSP!

Tags: resumes, #powerofpersonal, culture

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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