Resumé for Rollerbladers
We’re all at different stages in our lives, some of you may be self-employed or have yourselves a cushy job, some of you might be looking for a new career and others might just be entering the “work force”. . Do people still call it that?
None the less, if you’re reading this blog it’s because you’ve probably had rollerblades on your feet at one point in your life. Two things make me qualified to write this blog post, I’ve been offered a position at every job I’ve interviewed for and I’ve been surrounded by rollerbladers for the last seven years. If there’s anything I know about resumés and interviews its that you have to speak their language. By “their” I mean the company.
The hardest part of any interview is trying to make yourself look good. You may be the best co-worker or employee but if you can’t communicate that into words than it doesn’t matter. Luckily you can equip yourself with the language you need to perform well.
Now.. what is this language? They’re called Competencies. Competencies are behaviors, skills and benchmarks used by employers during interviews to assess their candidates. (This also helps to know your strong key competencies during promotion time!) It’s important when you reference these competencies you use their specific term and not a “version” of it. Imagine that they are buzzwords. If you’re on "Family Feud” these are the exact answers they’re looking for. Remember that.
There are many, many competencies but based on what I know about rollerbladers, these eight that I list match up the best. Feel free to look up “work competencies” and find out what else might articulate your specific work experience.
Below I’m going to give you the actual meaning behind each competency and then I’ll explain how it might make sense that you do, in fact have these strengths.
Dealing with Ambiguity
“Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.”
Dealing with ambiguity for a rollerblader is adapting to change when you get kicked out of street spot. If you’re down to keep things going instead of let it ruin your day than you have this strength.
learning on the fly
“Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.”
Okay this just IS rollerblading, if you’re not analyzing your failures and successes to improve than you probably gave up skating the minute you started.
“Is easy to approach and talk to; spends the extra effort to put others at ease; can be warm, pleasant, and gracious; is sensitive to and patient with the interpersonal anxieties of others; builds rapport well; is a good listener; is an early knower, getting informal and incomplete information in time to do something about it.”
There is an enormous amount of love in the rollerblading community and it is solely on the fact that you have something in common. Have you ever met someone at an event from another part of the country or another part of the world and end up talking to them for hours? That’s approachability! Adapt that mentality at work, you and your coworkers are hustling at the same job – let that be the common ground.
“Is cool under pressure; does not become defensive or irritated when times are tough; is considered mature; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; doesn’t show frustration when resisted or blocked; is a settling influence in a crisis.”
If you’ve ever had to bring your friend to the hospital after getting hurt, ignored skateboarders and BMX kids when they’re hating on you than you probably have composure. You HAVE to be composed on skates, imagine if you were thinking about all of the terrible things that could go wrong when you’re skating?! Cool as a cucumber, you got this.
Timely Decision Making
“Makes decisions in a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete information and under tight deadlines and pressure; able to make a quick decision.”
Making a decision in a timely manner is the difference between landing a trick or eating shit. And even when you do fall are you protecting all the right body parts? Talk about pressure!
“Creates a climate in which people want to do their best; can motivate many kinds of direct reports and team or project members; can assess each persons hot button and use it to get the best out of him/her; pushes tasks and decisions down; empowers others; invites input from each person and shares ownership and visibility; makes each individual feel his/her work is important; is someone people like working for and with problem solving”
Have you ever motivated your peers when they finally laced trick.. or maybe they didn’t but they got close! You’re probably there cheering them on. The cool thing about rollerblading is there is no winning or losing, no competition so you can really cheer for everyone.
“Picks up on technical things quickly; can learn new skills and knowledge; is good at learning new industry, company, product, or technical knowledge; does well in technical courses and seminars.”
Whether it’s putting together a new skate or navigating someone’s camera to help film something, technical learning might be your things. Just because it’s fun to do something new doesn’t mean it doesn’t count.
“Pursues everything with energy, drive, and a need to finish; seldom gives up before finishing, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.”
Hours and hours on end trying to learn a new trick and when you haven’t got it, coming back the next day. There is no other sport that hurts like rollerblading and you know that there isn’t anything that feels as good so you keep coming back.
Can quickly find common ground and solve problems for the good of all; can represent his/her own interests and yet be fair to other groups; can solve problems with peers with a minimum of noise; is seen as a team player and is cooperative; easily gains trust and support of peers; encourages collaboration; can be candid with peers.
I don’t have to tell you that you get along with others, you get the idea. You can bullshit with other rollerbladers, you’re a good and fair friend.
If you’ve made it this far, you probably have the attention span to nail a great job! Don’t fake the funk, if these apply to you, believe in yourself, understand you do have these skills to be a great employee. Be confident.
Side note: During an interview someone might ask “tell me a time when..” use one of these competencies in a sentence to tell them your experience.