Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sprucing myself up

So this weekend I decided to "spruce up" my resume. Excuse me, my CV. After reading plenty of tips, blogs and articles I learned that the American made resume is far from acceptable in other countries. First, they are almost always expecting a photo of you included. It is expected for you to include personal information, such as the fact that you are single or married, and you are 25(in my case). Since most of the people who are reading this or who I know grew up with the laws against any kind of discrimination in place, this info is definitely not appropriate for your resume. I don't even know what a CV is so I am going to google the definition right now...stay tuned...

A curriculum vitae (CV, also spelled curriculum vitæ) provides an overview of a person's life and qualifications. In some countries, a CV is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters regarding the job seeker and is typically used to screen applicants, often followed by an interview, when seeking employment.

Well I know. Back to the point. I decided that my "CV" needed plenty of updating. I grabbed my regular old resume(I haven't seen it in 3 years) and looked over it. Basically I need to add some very colorful wording to make it useful at this point. I proceeded to find something I did in every job that was directly related to or could even be remotely associated with the Education profession. If I taught an employee how to fill out paperwork I was putting it in as "Instructing employees on correct use of grammar in company projects." Yes really, nonsense like that is supposed to help me! Of course, I do have some experience teaching not nearly enough to just put that on my CV and call it a day. So instead I embellish. Luckily I realized that the best way to improve myself on paper is of course to do things that look good on paper.

I decided to start tutoring people in learning English, studying for their citizen exam, or just regular conversational practice. Ooh yea, I am a genius! On top of this I volunteered for an Adult Literacy program. I know, it sounds terribly selfish of me to volunteer so that I can look better on paper. Don't judge me. For the next 6 months I will be helping adults with reading levels of 4th graders and hopefully I will be helping someone out there get their GED! That being said, hell yea, it was a little selfish. I have not finished my Bachelor's degree yet. I need all the help I can get.

Back to the CV, I thought to myself, I had better get a good picture of myself because all I have are Facebook pictures of my sexy profile in skanky clothes. Damn Facebook! I will work on this next. Per my conversation with my great friend today I have to avoid any crazy prints and definitely need to wear a shirt that is not strapless or tank top. I must be "profffesssional" yea, I said it. Professional. So now I have this amazing piece of paper with tons of great information about myself, maximizing all my wonderful teaching skills.

Oddly enough, this was kind of fun. Every little thing that makes this more real to me is very exciting. I am so happy class starts tomorrow!

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