Damn, I Need to Update My Resume

I’ll set the scene.  It’s sometime towards the end of January 2006.  My days as an engineer were numbered, and my colleagues had just gotten over the shock of my two-week notice and were nice enough to throw me a going away party.  About 50 people attended – which surprised me -and the overall feeling wasn’t bitterness but excitement that I was taking a chance at doing something ballsy while I was young.

My good friend and colleague was sitting next to me.

Him: “Man, you can finally update your resume and include {company} on it and have an end date instead of 2003-current”.  (It was 2003 because I had done a co-op there and continued to work remotely as I completed my degree.)

Me:  “I’m not updating shit”.

Him: “Huh?”  (you’ve got to remember, we came from an environment at RPI where we were constantly competing for internships and co-ops from the day we stepped on campus and it was a cardinal sin to not update your resume every few months.)

Me: “I don’t plan on ever working for anyone else again, so why would I update my resume?”

Him: “What if SportsLizard fails?”

Me: “I’ll start another business.”

Him:  “With what money!?!?”

Me:  “I dunno.  I’ll get a loan or sell my car or beg my parents…I’ll figure it out when the time comes.”

Him: puzzled look.

I remember that conversation like it was yesterday, and I replay it in my head all the time.  To me, it showed how different my mentality was from one of my peers, and kind of confirmed I was making the right decision.  He is VERY talented and has since been promoted several times, but he’s probably not willing to take the entrepreneurial risk that I did.  We’re both in the best situations for ourselves.

Anyway, flash forward to today.  One of our non-profit clients just got a large grant and wants to invest a lot of it in improving their website and starting a web marketing campaign….which is awesome.  Only problem: they need a company bio and resumes of each owner to submit to the government agency providing the grant (the agency will be the ones cutting the checks).

Crap.  That means the resume needs to be dusted off and updated for the first time since the end of college…when I had almost no web design, web marketing, business ownership, etc experience or skills. I wonder how different it will look now? I don’t even know where to start.  Eh, and here I was hoping to go the rest of my life without ever updating the damn thing…

4 comments on Damn, I Need to Update My Resume

  1. Adam says:

    I love it. This is a great post! You sure seem to be kicking ass and taking names!

    See, the thing is I know so many people who want to make a ton of money. The only way I know of to be rich is to be super, super smart and work your way up the corporate ladder or work for yourself.

    The problem is that to work for yourself you have to give up two essentials things human beings need. Comfort and Safety.

    Most people aren’t willing to give those two up to become rich.

  2. Adam McFarland says:

    Thanks Adam…I think you’re kicking ass and taking names as well lol.

    “Comfort and safety”. Couldn’t have put it better myself. You really have to be prepared to make NO MONEY for a long time if you want your biz to succeed. Now – to your pt on your post today – if you start a biz that actually makes money in the beginning, you might not have to wait so long…but you still have to be prepared to and most people aren’t willing to give up that comfort for the unknown.

  3. Nev says:

    I almost fell out of my chair when I checked my feeds and saw this post!

    I had literally JUST taken my hand of the pencil from writing “Create Resume” on my tomorrows to-do list!

    Since I’ve never had a real job, I’ve never had a REAL resume besides Neville1.com (which is more of an outdated list of things I’ve done).

    I also do contract work on the side, and usually I use hookups to get the work, but for some upcoming ones they want resumes. Guess it’s finally time.

  4. Adam McFarland says:

    Haha that’s great Nev. Yea, I suppose going through life without a resume isn’t a feasible goal….oh well.

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