The Theory of ‘Resume’

“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavour.” ~Henry David Thoreau

Mysterious as the English language is, fluid and ever changing, it has allowed this word to hole multiple meanings. A résumé is the piece of paper that speaks of your background and skills with which you get yourself a job by having your employer read it and assess its details. Resume, the verb on the the other hand, implies a new beginning of an action that was halted for whatever reason.

Whoever thought to combine these two words with the same coding of the 26 letters of the alphabet was intelligent.

Writing your résumé results in unconscious thoughts of your past, what you have been doing with your time, how your experiences have actually impacted you. With this, you see for yourself how much you have accomplished, how much you want to accomplish. It is not just a redundant piece of document that once it disappears into the hands of a man in an office, will never be thought of again.

You see, in fact, the possibilities that lie before you, the should haves, could haves, if onlys. You see all the redundant habits you have collected over the years. You see what you have been drawn to because of who you are and your personality. You see where you have fallen, where you have been routed, where you have failed to become the person you wanted to be.

It is a period of reflection of what you truly want to do based on what you have already done. And after you write it, you resume your life, with new vigor, with a renewed sense of purpose, an inkling perhaps, of what you would like to accomplish in the future.

If only more people thought on a daily basis of whether they would put the activities they engage in into their résumé. Would that party you attended be something you can put into your résumé? Would being late for every class for 10 years of your life be a skill you are proud of? Would looking down on everyone who has a better life than you be an attitude you can use later on in life?

What about the multitude of YouTube videos you watch? What about the time spent flirting with social media? What about the efforts you put into studying, thinking, working and sweating?

It is the habits you develop that make something worth writing about. The way with which you approach life. The thoughts you put into your own head. Do you control your life or does your life control you?

When the short pause you put on your life to write your résumé ends and your life resumes, what will you change?


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