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Nice Guys on the Side of the Highway

Completely independent of each other, two friends reviewing my resume told me last week to stop “being so Minnesotan.”

If this makes no sense to you, I will offer an inside joke I have with the Manly Fireplug. I told him that growing up in Minnesota, I’d often see drivers pause on highway entrance ramps.

“Why the hell would they do that?”

“Because they’re thinking, (and here I adopted the appropriate vowel-flattening accent of my hometown): ‘Oh, I don’t want to get in anyone’s way…’”


The Fireplug and I use that phrase now, “Oh, I don’t want to get in anyone’s way,” whenever I’m being too modest. The Fireplug doesn’t usually have that problem, and I’ve learned a few things about self-confidence and self-marketing from him. Humility is attractive, yes, but not on the job market, and in case you haven’t heard, there’s a couple other people looking for work these days.

It had been a while since I’d worked on my resume, and I was still under the impression that you’d do best sticking to one page. Fortunately, in my recent quest to Ask For Help Even If It Feels Uncomfortable, a few friends with more experience in job searching have pointed me in the right direction.

In fact, so many people have helped me out, in a myriad of ways, with resume edits, job leads, and references, that I am almost humbled into silence. Almost.

But you can’t rely completely on other people to get your own shit done. I swallowed my humility long enough to bang out a professional/C.V. page for this here blog, and I’m glad I did. For that page, coupled with my recent posts, landed me some paid work.

It’s still too new and too fragile-feeling for me to say much about it, but it involves a publisher, books, and blogging. So, yeah. It doesn’t suck.

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