I’ve heard it said that you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their resume. And to some degree, it’s true. You know where they live, what kind of email they have (and you can tell a LOT about a person by looking at their email name and server), the jobs they’ve had in the past, their achievements in school, and what they majored in. You might even find a list of skills or abilities. And of course you’ll more often than not, see their references.

Is this really an accurate portrayal of someone? Is that all there is to a person? Of course not. That’s what interviews are for. So why don’t all candidates for a job get an interview? The reasonable answer to that would be, “Time constraints”. But lets be unreasonable for a moment. Why take someone off of your list to interview because they haven’t worked for the past 6 months, or they don’t have as many extracurriculars in school, or they only ever worked entry level positions? Do employers stop and think about why some of these things may be the way they are? And do you really want to limit yourself to only a few candidates who have amazing resumes, but, in the end, may just be sucky in person? I’m not saying everyone who has awesome resumes suck at interviewing or interacting with people, but that also doesn’t mean that people who have resumes that would be graded with an “F” won’t be just the person you are looking for.

So it makes sense for an employer to “judge a book by it’s cover”. But it ends there… That thinking doesn’t boil over to other areas of our lives, right? Well, I can tell you from experience that I have done it countless times. Admit it, you all have too. We pass judgement on people we don’t even know. We’re told not to, but we do anyways. Sometimes, this is a good thing, but more often than not, we may be missing out on knowing an amazing and wonderful person. I will, however, continue to judge. It’s human nature. I will try not to, but I know it’s inevitable. It’ll happen over and over again. And I’ll do it with more than just people too. I’ll do it to books, movies, TV shows, and more. And I’ll be missing out. And I know that not all “good” covers are going to lead to good stories. So I’ll learn. And I’ll grow. And I’ll judge. Then I’ll repeat the process.

I’m not perfect, but I try to make that my cover. That’s all I want people to see. I know a lot of people do the same thing. They project a cover that is nothing like the story. And while that’s not a good thing, I think we all learn a little bit more about ourselves when we do this. And that, my friends, is a good thing.


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