As a contractor for a project nearing its conclusion, I have three possible paths that I can take, each with its pros and cons:
- Hire On Direct
Pros: Between the positive feedback I’ve been receiving and how comfortable it would be to just maintain, this might be the most profitable option.
Cons: There is much to reform, it’d be like swimming with your head barely above water, but with great adversity does come great self discovery.
- Continue Contract Consulting
Pros: See more of the world. Check out how other companies work, learn new technical processes, meet new people, and make new friends. Idealistic?
Cons: Some contracts are better than others, if there even is a next contract. The first week and month can be very difficult, even with recent practice.
- Return to School
Pros: This was the original intent before this contract appeared. I have some general ideas on what I’d like to study and apply to my career.
Cons: Least profitable option. Recertifying with A+ would work well. If I were to attend college as I’d intended, what could I do to keep my momentum?
So this next month will be decisive.
If I hoist the sails and let any wind guide me, I’ll go in the direction the strongest external influence. In the past, this has turned out well for me, though now I find that I’m more content if I let my internal influence guide me. One path may not have the strongest wind and may not appear to guide me to the most success, but one’s career is not a strictly binary system anymore. It’s not all about the money.
Continuing with this boat analogy, if I’m riding in a sailboat toward any of these three paths, then my resume will be like a speedboat engine attachment. A resume should be like a business card. It should tell a succinct career narrative, sing the highlights, and advertise future plans. It should excite. In a sense, a resume is like a metaphorical albatross, where when it’s alive, you’re in good shape. If it’s dead, then you’ll have trouble.
So feed your albatross. Take care of it.
Returning to the resume talk more directly, you may feel awkward for working on your resume while working for a company, because it could be disloyal. I don’t mean to imply that.
Your resume is like why you should arrive to work fifteen minutes before the start of your shift. Your resume is like going over your study material once more before your big test. Your resume is like the back-up pair of batteries you pack along for your hike. Your resume is like leaving on a road trip with a full tank of gas, tires full of air, and engine recently checked.
Just in case.
You never know when a fourth path might open up to wider vistas than you could have ever imagined, and especially now more than ever, we’re living in a highly flexible society. Keep options open.