We visited our oldest son, Kirby, last weekend. We met nine of his regular guys. His friends and co-workers and his roommate really, really like him.
Today I helped him format a resume, to get it all on one page. Twenty-one and his resume was two pages. Here's something he wrote:
Active Imagination, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Retail floor operator, Summer 2000 – 04//11/05
• Constantly advanced the sales quota while upholding a friendly, calm and welcoming atmosphere in the store.
He did! He's good at creating and maintaining a friendly, calm and welcoming atmosphere. No one who knew him when he was five or younger would ever have predicted that.
I've done resumes for LOTS of my friends. Kirby wrote his and just needed formatting, because he doesn't have Word. He wrote this in his intro:
"I am a long-experienced mentor and coach..."
Some people put stuff in their resumes I roll my eyes at, or hesitate to type up. Kirby is telling the simple truth. He's 21. Since he was twelve or so he's been helping teach karate, and helping run games at the gaming shop. They hired him as soon as he turned 14 because he was already running the Pokemon tournaments for four hours every Saturday morning and it was against the rules of Pokemon gymleadermanship (!? ) for it not to be an employee of the store. For over a third of his life he's been coaching and teaching and organizing people younger and older than he is.
What I wrote above was mostly in response to something here, and it might be worth a read:
What about Math?