Saturday, September 30, 2017

It's Dangerous To Pass Judgement On The Tip Of An Iceberg

"Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things."
- Romans 2:1 (NAS)
I'll be the first to admit, my resume doesn't look great. I have holes in my work timeline but they can be explained and justified. I don't have credentials beyond my undergraduate education and the experience that I've accumulated along the way. My experience isn't the most well-rounded either. And I didn't go to a top-tier school.

Does that mean that I'm not worth interviewing?

If I looked at a company's balance sheet and income statement and saw nothing but bad assets, tons of liability, little income or even a loss, but with a great mission and well respected by others - should I not apply for a job there?

Or is it worth it to see what the company does, what kinds of people work there, and why they do what they do?

The old me would tell me today to shred my resume because it's not worth submitting it for interview anywhere. There are people who are better "on paper" and would likely get the face-time and possibly the opportunity over you. And today's me knows better than to pre-judge someone based on a piece of paper that merely states the surface-level facts without a character or personality to support it. Because I know now, better than before, that less than half the story exists on that piece of paper. That resume is just the tip of the iceberg.

Iceberg - Antarctica - December 2015

You would think that after 12 years of working in the Tax/Accounting industry not having a CPA or MST wouldn't be a barrier to entry to a new position. But I think that it is still a hurdle to overcome. And it saddens me to think how much scrutiny and judgement is being passed on my resume every time it is submitted. (333)

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