It’s so weird. When we decided to do this, we were all excited about the alliteration.
It just sounds like it’s meant to be, right?
And then when we started writing the posts, we’re like, “Hmmm, but it’s not actually alliterative.”
That may mirror your experience of creating your resume.
You THINK you’re laying out your background clearly and succinctly. You BELIEVE that what you’re doing is communicating what you have done.
You have in your mind, “Ah yes, this is right, this is good, this sounds perfect for my audience! It’s like poetry!”
You think it’s crafty and cool.
But then you get some comment from the ‘Snark who’s like, “Umm, hey, you may want to re-do your resume.”
And you’re like, “Huh? My resume is GOOD! It got me this job!”
You’re seeing it as we saw “Resume Week” when we thought it was alliteration.
“It sounds good to me. It must be good. Right?”
Well, no, not necessarily.
And thus we have defined the crux of the problem.
When you’re in the thick of things — building skills in a job, expertise in an industry — you lose sight of the fact that not long ago, you were the new kid in the room for the meeting, and you were sitting there baffled, unable to figure out what anyone was talking about. You had no clue what they were saying because they were all talking in lingo.
Those people are you, now. You’ve written your resume — almost assuredly you have done this, and we can predict it is so even without having seen it — you’ve typed out the bullets on the page from the perspective you are in today.
Where you think “resume” and “week” are alliterating.
(Pssst, in case you’ve forgotten gradeschool grammar, to “alliterate” means simply to have words in a sentence all starting with the same letter.)
When you’re in your own perspective, you forget that that’s where you’re at.
You’re in a bubble of understanding: YOUR OWN! And you may have lost sight of the fact that your reality is not universally shared.
That’s definitely true when it comes time to be constructing a resume.
This is where the concept of “MBA resume” can be so important.
The adcom person
you are inflicting your pain on who is tasked with the duty of reading your application has no clue what your world is like.
They don’t know what your job is about.
They don’t know your industry or function.
They don’t know crap.
They DO know what leadership and impact and teamwork look like — at least, if you are presenting them as such, they do.
This is the value of re-doing your resume for the purpose of applying to bschool.
And this week — Resume Week here on the blahg — we will help you bust out of your bubble, and into the Real World, of objective facts and clear statements, and capturing your background with meaning and clarity, in a way that your poor adcom reviewer will be able to understand.
Or at least, we’ll point out that, no, an “R” and a “W” are not the same, and once you know that, you have a shot of not making an avoidable error in proceeding as if they are.
(Not sure if our analogy is working today but hopefully you get the gist of it! BTW, this is why you need to be careful on trying to get too creative or cute in your MBA essays – sometimes metaphors and parallels work great, but if you’re trying too hard then they will fall flat. EssaySnark can get away with some flat-falling on the blahg every now and then, or even on a regular basis, but you get just one chance with your adcom reader.)
So now you know what to expect: We will be talking resumes this week!
If you just cannot wait, then here’s where you can go to get started: the full ‘snarchive of all blahg posts on the resume. And here is our special-purpose Reworking the Resume App Accelerator, which if you’re going to do just one service with us, then perhaps that one should be it.