Okay, kind of a funny story. Or, pathetically, worriedly chuckle-worthy? I take this college course in Museum Studies where we're researching and planning for this exhibition of 1920's Arabian Nights puppets, but my professor told us to bring our resumes into class so she could help us out with them if we wanted. We'd been talking about internships because--surprise--those are incredibly important in getting a job: that whole you-need-experience-to-get-the-chance-to-get-experience conundrum.
I'm a sophomore. Yeah, I turn twenty in a month, but every job I've held hasn't required a resume. I've done grunt work; kitchen duty, worked a concierge desk and pool hall and been a manager's assistant and built semi-truck engines on an assembly line. None of those asked me for a resume. A few of them tested me for drugs, but no resume. When I piped up, "Um, I don't have one," to the girl beside me in class, she looked at me like I'd grown antlers. You know the look: startled, semi-afraid but still smiling a little, like Oh, wow, you don't know what's up, do you? face.
It kind of freaked me out, because--I didn't even know what a resume looked like. In shows people always joked around by writing "speaks fluent Mandarin" when they didn't know a word or things like "loves Thai food." I emailed my dad asking for a copy of his and then today deleted all his info to put mine. And you know what? I've done a lot of things; all kinds of jobs. But I don't think museums or art houses want to hear about my sweaty experience as an engine builder or that one time I scrubbed tables and served salad to musical/theater prodigies.
Or do they? That's the thing; I have no idea. If I were hiring someone, I'd want to know everything they'd done, I guess. If they made a living off it, no matter how brief, I'd want it on the resume. So here's the deal: I know a lot of writers are older than me, or even if you're going through the same thing I am right now--what's your take? For example, do I admit that I've written books and actually make money from them? That writing is technically I career I'm in? Does it matter?
Weigh in, friends. Because one thing I've realized since yesterday is that it seems like resumes are sneaker than they look! ;)