My niece graduated in interior architecture and immediately started sending certificates to forty architectural firms and no one answered.
When she told me this I was very surprised and of course I immediately enlisted to help. I know quite a few architects, but instead of picking up the phone and asking for a favor, I took her resume and rewrote it. I left the facts as they are and did not inflate anything, I simply spiced with humor and emotion the personal reference, the one written above, in which everyone writes how determined and perfectionist they are and instead I wrote -
My name is Uriah, I am 24 years old, I was born in New York, I grew up in Jerusalem and I live in Tel Aviv. I have the determination of a Buddhist monk and the work ethic of a life-saving doctor (you never missed a single day of work).
Since my youth, the fields of design and art have become the way I look at the world. I feel lucky to have the ability to make a living and pursue a career in a field that brings me great happiness.
I tightened up the rest of the technical details and sent it to a good friend who runs an innovative man power company and asked what he thought, within two minutes he got back to me by email and wrote that it was not good and that way is not how you send a certificate.
I immediately told my niece — this is a great sign, if no one sends a resume like that, yours sure will stand out from the dozens they receive.
My niece, was enthusiastic about the wording but did not agree to send it. She was so afraid they would make fun of her. You can probably understand her, right? Who writes about himself that he resembles a Buddhist monk? I explained to her that over the years I had read hundreds of resumes and that there was no more difficult task than that for the employer and it was enough for someone to send a document written in a different font, to achieve prominence.
I finally convinced him and as you can already understand the feedback started flowing to her in less than an hour.
You know, this is a story about a 24-year-old young woman at the beginning of life, a little hesitant, unsure, the fears of the beginning we all know.
But come on, this story is about all of us. We know what is right and accurate for us and instead of just doing it, we give a central place to what they will say,.
We adapt ourselves to what is acceptable, we are so preoccupied with how what we do, wear, say, choose, look from the outside, that we lose what we really want. And you know what's funny? It all happens when on the other side there are people begging for innovation and courage.