The Job Hunt

Today is the Day I Delete My Resume

Raajas Sode
March 2020

I reject allowing someone to judge me based on a piece of paper.

Yup. I don’t care anymore. People might point fingers at me and say I’m crazy, or I’ve snapped, or whatever. I just can’t take it anymore.

I will not quantify my life by writing about what I think the world believes to be an achievement on a piece of paper and validate my existence.

It’s pretty evident that you must have something to show to the world that you have some value. To get a job, to have a business, to be a freelancer. You must have some brief documentation of who you are and what you have done—like a flyer for an upcoming movie or a product.

But today, I’ve realized, by reading my resume over and over again, that I cannot live with lies anymore. Every single thing on my resume feels like one of those hollow chocolate domes, covering my insecurities, that might fall apart any moment if someone pours a hot cup of doubt all over it.

I feel like a fraud by overselling my degrees and course certificates. I have no idea whether I could live up to the standards set by those institutions.

Believe me when I say this: you need to look for an employer/business partner/spouse who sees more in you than what you advertise yourself to be.

I’m grateful to work with people who hired me regardless of what degree I had or what “expertise” I held. (For those who don’t know, you develop expertise after you start working.)

Why? How hard could it get? Even when you graduate from the most top-notch colleges, companies still spend a fortune on training newbies—much more than what you pay for at college. And the only thing that keeps them from firing you is faith that you have at least the resilience of getting through the training phase without any hiccups because they, too, know that you haven’t learned enough in school.

Whether you finish school or don’t, learn how to see something through to the end.

Learn how to commit—to friendships, to work. To your teacher. To your parents, to your life. To yourself.

Learn to build patience. Resilience. Perspective. Discipline. Individualism.

I promise you you won’t learn these things in school, no matter how much you pay them. These things only you can teach yourself by going through life.

Try and build a life rather than a resume. Try to build a circle with and have faith in people who will back you up. Give more than you ask for. Create value and show what you bring to the table rather than asking for when you can get your next raise.

It’ll help them understand that you’re committed to a cause rather than money. It makes you valuable.

When you believe in people, people will believe in you. That’s so much more valuable than a resume.

People, Ryan. People will never go out of business.

– Michael G. Scott

This article was originally published on Medium by Raajas Sode. Thanks, Raajas, for letting us share!

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