Here’s the thing – you’re updating your resume, and at some point you probably think to yourself “who the fuck really cares?” Exactly. Pretty much no one. Except for you, and the person you want to work for. It’s like a great work of art or poetry – if the artist is honest, then they know they’re creating a communication. They’re not doing it because they want to get rich (well, at least not at first, when it matters & they’re usually at their best). They’re doing it because their landscape/ villanelle/ absurdism is a way of saying “I’m real. I exist. And now you know it, and I know you through it.”
So pay attention to your resume, cover letter, basically the whole approach – think about the person you’re trying to reach, and the message they’re going to take away. Hear’s a trick: think of denotation, and then connotation. The denotation on the resume is exactly what it says – your work history, education, etc. The connotation is what it implies: this person is organized. They’re careful (ie, no spelling fouls). They get it (ie, it’s 2 pages max, third person, etc – the person who wrote it took some advice or simply has common sense). Basically, they give a shit.
It’s as much how you say it as what it says. And it’s about an artist, and an audience.
Nigel Cooke: Thinking (2005)
When Nigel Cooke spoke a the Tate last year, he described his anthropomorphic flowers and vegetables as figures from advertising or children’s stories who have grown up and found themselves in dead-end jobs.