5.19.2009

A to...W

I've been spending a lot of time looking at and revising my resume over the past few months (the learning full-time thing didn't work out; more on that another time), and then someone asked me for some good resume verbs. So I went through my resume and deleted everything but the verbs. I was shocked to discover that I've done 49 different things in a professional or, in a few cases, volunteer capacity over the past ten years:
  1. Administrated
  2. Advocated
  3. Answered
  4. Assisted
  5. Attended
  6. Built
  7. Clarified
  8. Collaborated
  9. Compiled
  10. Copy-edited
  11. Created
  12. Delivered
  13. Designed
  14. Directed
  15. Disseminated
  16. Edited
  17. Evaluated
  18. Expanded
  19. Facilitated
  20. Formatted
  21. Initiated
  22. Led
  23. Located
  24. Maintained
  25. Managed
  26. Moderated
  27. Organized
  28. Planned
  29. Prepared
  30. Processed
  31. Provided
  32. Recommended
  33. Researched
  34. Responded
  35. Reviewed
  36. Rewrote
  37. Served
  38. Set up
  39. Sought
  40. Streamlined
  41. Suggested
  42. Summarized
  43. Taught
  44. Trained
  45. Updated
  46. Uploaded
  47. Visited
  48. Worked
  49. Wrote [written]

When I went back to looked to see what I had actually done, without removing duplicates, it seemed to be a more accurate reflection of my professional experience and strengths:
  1. administrated program
  2. advocated on behalf of students
  3. answered correspondence
  4. answered inquiries
  5. assisted semi-finalists
  6. assisted with activities
  7. attended professional meetings
  8. built webpages 
  9. collaborated with graphic designers
  10. copy-edited book
  11. copy-edited e-mail newsletter
  12. created a new filing system
  13. created and maintained office-wide calendar
  14. created resource binders
  15. delivered introductory remarks
  16. designed concert program
  17. designed, created, and updated web page
  18. directed webmaster
  19. disseminated information
  20. edited and made suggestions for grant proposals
  21. edited multi-chapter memoirs
  22. extensively edited individual parts of book
  23. facilitated changes
  24. formatted and copy-edited 280-page book
  25. honed course descriptions
  26. initiated and managed redesign of webpage
  27. led faculty meeting
  28. led feedback discussion groups
  29. led recruitment and retention efforts
  30. located missing references
  31. made recommendations to the board
  32. maintained and expanded webpage
  33. maintained contact
  34. moderated listserve
  35. organized and formatted footnotes
  36. organized conference calls
  37. organized panels, individual lectures, and a benefit concert
  38. planned programming
  39. planned Shabbat dinners and other extracurricular programs
  40. planned two seminars
  41. prepared press releases
  42. processed student applications
  43. provided support and advice
  44. researched foundations
  45. responded to semi-annual reports
  46. reviewed and evaluated dossiers
  47. rewrote material on website
  48. served as liason
  49. served on the board
  50. set up and moderated three listserves
  51. sought new instructors
  52. streamlined and clarified guidelines
  53. taught Biblical and Rabbinic texts
  54. trained new staff member
  55. uploaded information
  56. visited weekly and formed deep and ongoing friendships
  57. worked closely with web designer
  58. worked with faculty members
  59. worked with graphic designer, copy-editor, and printer
  60. wrote comprehensive evaluation reports
  61. wrote essays
  62. wrote grant proposals
  63. wrote successful grant proposal
  64. wrote, edited, and copy-edited text
  65. wrote, edited, and organized summaries
Some of these are things that I would quite happily do again (for money), some are things I would (and do) do for free, while others are things to which I would be loathe to devote significant time unless the money was really good or it was a cause to which I was passionately devoted. I really did have fun with a lot of this work, though, which is handy to remember once in awhile.

The things that are not on this list are the things that I would really like to avoid in the future:
  1. being passive-aggressive
  2. being stuck cleaning up after events while colleagues go home to their spouses
  3. being yelled at by irate students for anything, ever
  4. canceling classes due to under-enrollment
  5. disputes with colleagues
  6. getting yelled at for neglecting to look up a package's location before it was even supposed to arrive (I mean, really, why does it matter if it was last seen in Pittsburgh or Lexington, Kentucky if it isn't due to arrive until tomorrow?)
  7. having to correct basic spelling and grammatical mistakes in colleagues' work and then being yelled at for being too "picky" while doing this (basic verb-noun agreement, appropriate use of apostrophes, placement of quotation marks, use of commas to offset clauses--no rocket science, people, but it still matters)
  8. looking up zipcodes at usps.com
  9. not being thanked for hard work
  10. photocopying anything, ever
  11. picking up dry-cleaning for a boss
  12. resolving payment disputes
  13. retyping anything for anyone, ever
  14. scanning thousands of records in Excel, looking for duplicates
  15. showing colleagues, repeatedly, how to create folders in Windows, attach documents to e-mails, add columns in Excel, and other basic computer tasks that anyone working in an office should just know, regardless of their age
  16. showing up late (I want to get better at this. See #1, above.)
  17. stuffing envelopes
  18. white-outing little black specks off of documents that have been photocopied too many times
I'm sure that there is a lot more, but it's probably not so safe for the Interweb.

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