It’s been a while since I’ve published a post on the Life and Times of Colette. I think it was just the season I was in; a time to speak and a time to stay silent. I’ve also reunited with an old friend, library card, so I’ve been doing more reading than writing as of late. C.S. Lewis has been blowing my mind. I definitely recommend reading The Screwtape Letters.
Aside from being a WordPress preacher, I’ve been looking for a new job. Still trying find that balance between trusting God and making moves. I came to the conclusion that that’s going to be a daily battle. At least for now. I have had a few interviews and offers but I declined all of them. None of them seemed to be the right move at the time and I don’t want to force it. To optimize this job seeking process, I got my resume re-written by a professional. To be frank, I hate resumes. How do you sum up your abilities, professional experience, and paint an accurate picture of yourself as an employee on one sheet of paper that will be read in 6 seconds if it is actually seen by a human being!? It’s all trumpery in my opinion. And I hate the idea of “selling yourself.” Excuse me, but we is free! Dobby is a free elf! But if I have to play the game, I minus well play to will. Professional resume it is. Play by the rules. Win the game. Change the rules.
While I’m on my soapbox, I feel like the internet is a hindrance for job seekers. Instead of competing with people in your local area, you have to compete with applicants from all over the world. Do to the high volume, employers have utilized resume filtering software to weed out what they deem to be “unqualified” applicants. What if the prefect candidate just didn’t use enough buzz words? If it’s wrong to judge a book by its cover, why is it okay to judge a person by their cover letter?…Just sayin’.
I’ve talked to other people who have experienced night and day results with a professionally written resume. I’m not one of those people. I’ve received just as many rejection emails as before with my own resume. Clearly I can do bad all by myself…for free. On the bright side, the jobs I currently have are going well. Yes, jobs. Plural. In addition to working at my church’s cafe, I picked up a part-time job at the mall. I never thought I would like retail but I do and I’m actually pretty good at it. I also like the company I work for. There have been some staffing changes at my church over the past few months and now the cafe needs more help than before. The holiday season is upon us and that’s when business really picks up. So the sixth man is getting more playing time. Maybe that’s why I haven’t found that other professional job yet. Maybe I’m right where I need to be at this time. If I’m not, I trust that God is big enough to put me on the path that is right for me. Trust God and trust the process.