Sunday, September 7, 2008
Two Things Challenge: Music / Note
This week's Two Things Challenge was a bit unusual: Music / Note. (Of course, I'm the one who picks 'em, so I have no one to blame for the weirdness and/or difficulty of weekly challenges but me.) For Music, I chose this picture of the choir in Washington National Cathedral. At the time I took the picture, I was going for a dramatic, soaring angle of the flying buttresses, but what I ended up with was a darkly mysterious view of the choir area between the transept and the apse. Choral music plays a significant role at the cathedral, both as a national church for all people and as a sanctuary of worship in the liturgical tradition of the Episcopal Church. In addition to weekly participation in church services, the choir also has a seasonal performance schedule. Check it out here.
For Note, I chose an eye-level view of notes I made on a client's résumé the other evening. Contrary to popular notion, as an editor and writer, I don't use a red pen to mark my changes or make notes on a document. I generally go with anything but. In this case, it's a turquoise blue fountain pen!
Just a note about this resume format, in case anyone is looking closely and in another stab at shameless self-promotion, I offer two résumé formats: a chronological format and a skills-accomplishments format. The former is the one most of us are familiar with and lists your professional experience based on each job you've had in the last 15 years and a description of your responsibilities within that job. The latter format uses keywords and phrases to emphasize your skills and accomplishments and only lists your employers, job titles, and dates later in the résumé.
This particular format works well for people who have either stayed with the same company for more than 15 years and have only worked for two or three organizations or for someone who has had a variety of jobs that, when listed chronologically, don't really come together in a comprehensive manner to tell an employer what you have to offer as an employee. I have clients who have had great success with both formats!
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 09/08