The Blank Page
Imagine pulling your resume up on the computer—and deleting it. Did your brain say “ouch” at the very thought of electronically crumpling up the piece of paper that claims to know everything you’re good at and that you should be striving for?
The resume is a handy tool to get a job, and it’s also a confining piece of paper that can spark feelings of anxiety, inadequacy, and dissatisfaction. Even without the paper itself, you can see “resumes” metaphorically in how they affect life. Each of us has roles that we can pressure ourselves to perform perfectly, and sometimes unrealistically. The roles and tasks performed can become larger than the person. The person can drown in the resume. It can feel like nothing’s ever enough.
Again, imagine deleting all the lines on the resume page. The lines that talk about being the perfect business person, parent, daughter or son, teacher, worker, student, athlete, human being, and so on. What’s left?
A blank page. It may seem like just an empty page, but it stands for a lot more than that. It’s potential, free and ready for you to use. How would you fill it if you didn’t have to stick with 12-point font, employment history, years worked, qualifications, education, and skills?
There are probably things that you imagine doing from time to time, fleeting thoughts in your mind. Maybe after you imagine them, you’re habitually used to scrapping them because there are more important things to do on your resume. Of course the resume is bible…or is it? Maybe you do have space to do the things you’ve imagined doing. As long as you do them your way. The blank page may not come with directions, but it frees you to go where you’ve never been.
Just because we use resumes, doesn’t mean we have to become them. Try pulling out a blank page, and see what happens.