You cannot connect the dots going forward. You can only connect them looking back.
A resume can summarize our jobs and experiences, but it’s up to us to transfer knowledge and skills from one job to another and make it meaningful. It’s also up to us to see how diverse information and experiences can add value to what we have to offer another employer and to our own businesses.
Speaking at a university commencement, Steve Jobs, the former CEO of Apple, revealed that when he dropped out of college, he began sitting in on classes that intrigued him. One happened to be a calligraphy class, a skill that wouldn’t seem to have any significant meaning in his life. Wrong! When he was creating the Apple computer he drew upon his knowledge from the calligraphy class to come up with the different types of fonts that were used for the Apple operating system. That one class has influenced the fonts of every computer produced. Pretty amazing!
Can you see threads and connections between different jobs, experiences, classes and training that may give you a new way of looking at and applying your skill set? Do you have pockets of knowledge that you could be applying to whatever it is you are doing now? See how many ways you can connect the dots looking backward!
Money Saving Tip
- On Mondays, there are usually fewer shoppers so if you have items to return, your time waiting in line will be shorter. (Sales are more typically scheduled at the end of the week, so it’s not as good a time to shop.)
- Tuesday is the slowest day at the Post Office if you need to mail something.
- Wednesday is usually the slowest day at the supermarket so you’ll get through faster.
What made you smile today?
What made you proud of your money choices today?