How do I tap into my personality?
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?