Objective: Want a JOB I love.

I just looked over my resume and it stinks.

I don’t mean to suggest that my experience is unworthy. What I do mean is that I’ve tried in vain to make my current and past jobs sound very important and exciting. All the words, in their perfect format and font and script, uselessly describe all the boring things that I’m good at. At its worst, it feels like a summary of how I’ve wasted the last four years of my life doing things I don’t like. Yet, this piece of paper is to decide my fate in finding a job that I actually care for.

If the day ever comes when I’m responsible for hiring people, I plan on reinventing the resume. What I want to know is which book you last read? Do you volunteer? What do you enjoy to do? and what would you like to learn when you have more time? What was the last place you traveled to and where would you like to go next? Do you run? Do you bike? Do you play any sports? What did you dislike about your past jobs? What are the top 5 things you want to see in your new job? What is your ideal job?….

Wouldn’t these questions give you a better sense of character? Wouldn’t they tell you if the person is motivated, excited, happy, and inspiring? Employers forget that most jobs can be done by monkeys if trained correctly (at least I can speak for my own). What’s important is hiring people who aren’t forced to hide behind a one page resume with its bullet points and clichés. I want to hire you because you seem like a good person and even though this might not be what you want to do for the rest of your life, I want you to be happy while you are at it.

I’ve spent the last few months waking up every morning with the single idea of how much I don’t want to be at work. It’s just a sad way to start the day. But it is what it is. Until someone comes along who is willing to read between the lines of my portfolio management skills, I’m slaved to the paycheck.

Just wishing for better days.

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Chika Gujarathi is a freelance writer and a mother of three from Raleigh, NC. She writes for national and local publications about lifestyle, travel, books, and of course, motherhood! Her most current project involves illustrating and publishing a children’s Hindi book. When not adventuring with her family in the minivan, you can find her riding the streets of Raleigh on her beloved bike Linus.

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