Juneteenth - Introducing ReSume!
As I reflect on this day, a celebration of the liberation of the last enslaved people in Galveston Bay, Texas in 1865, I am mindful of a few things:
- Freedom does not arrive at once. The enslaved people in that city were the last to be set free, even though the Emancipation Proclamation was put into effect two years prior. The road to liberation is riddled with roadblocks, and though progress has been made, Black people have not all made it to the other side. There remains real work to be done, especially in the form of economic equality.
- If we seek equality, we must dedicate our time and attention to uprooting existing structures, or at least to actively passing along cheat codes.
- There are still blind spots in my understanding of how corporate pipelines work. I have seen the discrimination at the resume level, and so this is where I will start to try and affect change.
Keeping the above in mind, I’m so excited to launch ReSume, ReTell’s resume review program.
I’ve been lucky my entire educational trajectory to be in spaces where if I needed help, I could ask for it. In fact, unsolicited advice, from college guidance counselors to career services, would constantly alert me to different tips and tricks to help me succeed. If this sounds familiar to you, then you are lucky too.
I often think about the piles of resumes that I’ve seen sifted into “No” piles, without any regard to a holistic approach in reviewing candidates, seemingly not taking into account an actual review of the skills needed to excel in the position. I’ve personally seen resumes tossed for being stapled, for a name being too difficult to pronounce. There must be a way to share the insights I’ve gained along the way, if only to be an encouraging voice and show support.
ReSume asks that we consider the inequities in the pipeline to landing a job in each of our industries. When we think about diversity in the work force, in the people we see around us daily, progress can often start at the simple decision to move a resume on for further consideration.
A simple resume review and a positive note of reinforcement could resume a job search with greater success.
Many more details to come.