How do I tap into my personality?7April 1st, 2009Blog
On a regular basis, I find myself filling out an application form or sending my cover letter and resume off in hopes of attaining that dream job I always dream of. You know the dream, right? Where you sit around, do very little, get a HUGE cheque every day, and have fun doing the work you are asked to do. Well, that job is very hard to come by. That doesn’t stop me from trying.
I keep trying and trying to find that perfect job. So I’m constantly creating new cover letters and applications. My poor resume hasn’t been updated in a year or so. I thought it was time to review the resume.
I took a look. Read a few things. Added some highlights. Then, it hit me. I haven’t truly portrayed me and all my facets. Should I?
I think that many queer people may experience something similar. Do you got out and write on your resume that you are part of the Pride Committee and have been for years as the Treasurer, especially when you are applying for a job that requires bookkeeping? You’re kinda putting yourself out on the line by saying you are part of the Pride Committee. Pride Committee = GAY! Do you want potential employers knowing? Or are you worried that it won’t be welcomed by a new employer? But why shouldn’t you since that bookkeeping job requires experience. This is a conflict many people deal with.
In my case, I’m comfortable with telling any stranger on the street that I’m Miss Tyffanie Morgan, Miss Gay Kingston! It’s a very proud thing for me. But how do I convey that on a cover letter or resume? How do I say to an employer, “Hi, I’m FABULOUS! I’m a very personable person who is loved by millions (ahem) and was honoured by the community with the title of Miss Gay Kingston.” How do I do that?
I want to know if it’s possible for me to cash in on my personality for a new 9 to 5 job. Is it possible? Is it advisable? I’m not sure. What do you think?Tags: Blog, Cover Letters, Miss Gay Kingston, Resumes, SweetPea Press, Tyffanie Morgan
I am extremely open with my own sexuality as well and highly comfortable with it too so go us lol. However if an employer needs to know if you are gay or not shouldn’t really matter when applying for a job. I know people that are part of the gay community and are complete and totally straight also I mean come on most gay men you can tell their gay lol. The whole miss gay Kingston AMAZING lol and the whole “Hi Im FABULOUS!” Also amazing lol This is also my first time reading yoru blog adn I think I may continue to read it… loves ya…..
Hmm. On the one hand, one hopes that in this day and age any employer worth its salt wouldn’t be homophobic in its hiring practices. But on the other hand, that unfortunately may not be the case. It’s hardly a cut-and-dried question, but in my opinion you’d be selling yourself short by not mentioning your amazing community and media work.
Hmm. On the one hand, one hopes that in this day and age any employer worth its salt would be entirely free of homophobic prejudice. But on the other hand, that unfortunately may not be the case. It’s hardly a cut-and-dried matter, but in my opinion you’d be selling yourself short by not covering the full extent of your community and media work.
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I think Katherine said it really well. If you do some amazing work within the community that could help you get a job, you’d be stupid not to mention it. That said, it’s a catch 22 if doing so jeopardizes your ranking as a result of sexual orientation. As Flanders would say, “as far as noodle scratchers go, that’s a hum dinger!”
Hey…where did you go?
I’m here! I’m here! But very busy on regular day to day life I know, excuses excuses… I’ll get back to it soon!