It could be my obsessive fascination of the ever-increasing scope and mutability of the English language that has always kept me just on the outside of cool. I’m excited to talk about it; I emphatically argue minute nuances; I fret over its misuse at every instance; I marvel over the complexities of a language I was born speaking and the only one I know.
I’ve corrected graffiti.
It’s what I do, though it never got me invited to the cool lunch table.
I can’t help it because I love it beyond how much it seems to annoy everyone else around me. However, every once in a while, the glazed-over looks I get from my companions when I start in on yet another lengthy, “interesting” explanation of the etymology of the phrase they just misused gives me pause. It could be, however unlikely, that I’m taking it all too seriously.
Then…I come across this:
And my head exploded.
From what I could grasp, the findings are very interesting. I also nodded off a few times so I’m not sure. I also realized that there is no way I even rank on the English-language-nerdy-obsessive scale.
What the above thesis does for me, most importantly, is convince me that I’m not the only one who finds this shit interesting. You may be one of them. Enjoy fellow-Gram-nerd!
You may not have even known about my amazing resume-writing skills.
You probably didn’t know because marketing oneself is tough..and I suck at marketing myself; it feels self-indulgent and a little creepy sometimes. Most of us struggle with it. Also, like most of us, poor self-marketing isn’t at all indicative of our talents. We have talent, we just can’t seem to shout it to the world.
I do not suck, however, at marketing other people. It’s fun. Drawing out a person’s hidden talents and reminding them, or even pointing it out for the first time, that they really are as awesome as they may have suspected is a wonderful experience. Seeing a client’s pride in seeing their myriad, quantified personal achievements for the first time is truly gratifying.
Personally, though, I know how hard it is to boast when we often don’t feel comfortable doing it. As a result, it leads to writing a resume that only garners the attention of employers for jobs we have to take rather than grabbing the attention of those we want/those that are worthy of us.
It doesn’t seem proportionate; this one little document compared to the larger span of your life and career. But, it is that important. A well-developed resume is the key to opening the door to a successful, fulfilling future.
Fair or not, don’t take it lightly. This is your shot.
So, rethink submitting a list of nondescript histories to your dream job, hoping the resume-gods will fly your one resume of a thousand onto the hiring manager’s desk who magically intuits your potential.
Instead, refocus your energy in seeking that perfect path, honing the needed skills, and finding your fit. Let me focus my energy on writing for you a sparking resume that will showcase the best of your hard work, refined skills, and boundless potential that will have employers scrambling to meet you.
And there’s much to do; from revamping your old resume or creating a new one (including Applicant Tracking System-compliance and appeal), cover letters, and thank you notes to creating professional landing sites, LinkedIn account creation and updating, and even interview preparation. Don’t worry, though, that’s what I’m here for.
My rates are inexpensive, scalable, and hand-holding is always included. Let’s do this!
Molly “Molotov” Knop
One of the biggest struggles for someone starting out in life on their own is, well, how to do that. Getting a job often requires having experience but getting experience usually comes from having a job.
There are very few quality entry-level jobs out there for people with no experience to put on a resume; meaning no college education, no stellar extra-circulars, no uncle willing to hire you for a summer or two. Which is most people.
But that doesn’t mean people with no job experience don’t have experience to land a job.
That’s where a good resume writer can help. Everyone has experience that can be applied to a job. Everyone has talents and accomplishments. Everyone has done something they can boast they can do really well. It’s only a matter of drawing out those skills.
Because skills don’t always come with a paycheck. We do things every day that can translate into skills and experience to get a job. We do chores, we take care of our younger siblings, we achieve merit badges, we become the top scorer on our favorite game, we have hobbies that take patience. Many things we do on a daily basis (even if our family doesn’t agree with it or feel it’s a waste of time) have merit. It’s just a matter of discovering and valuing them.
The ironic part of having no experience because you can’t get a job to gain experience is only in the way you look at what “experience” means.
Every once in a while, like, on a daily basis, I’ll ruminate on why a thought popped into my head and where it may have come from. Then I’m compelled to look it up. The origins of these little morsels are usually amazing. And also usually lead me down a twisted rabbit-hole from which I eventually resurface wondering what the hell happened to my day.
For example, go look up the phrase, “rabbit-hole” and Lewis Caroll will render the rest of your day FUBAR’d. It’s probably why I’m broke but that’s neither here-nor-there. I do find comfort, however, in helping you mess up your day, too.
So, here’s a wonderful quatrain of a poem from where a well-known phrase originates. On this great website called, “The Wondering Minstrels” they do a beautiful analysis following the poem, too. I recommend it to everyone.
The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it
Do visit the site and feel free to share with me your favorite quotes, sayings, inspirations, and damnations as you wish. My nerdy excitement will rise to yours.
We all go through feeling down sometimes, especially when we’re trying to find a job and improve our lives from what we know. Life can just suck. People are mean, we beat ourselves up, we regret our reactions or lack thereof, and we beat ourselves up again. That may just be me but I doubt it.
You’re probably thinking, “Jeez, Molly, thanks for the pick-me-up.” Bear with me. It gets better.
What valid question you will probably be asking next is what this has to do with resume-writing. I’ll explain.
The act of sitting down and summing up your achievements, qualifications, and experience in attempt to land a job worthy of you is daunting in the least. Unless you’re someone who has won a trophy for every breathing moment of your life, you probably don’t think of most of what you do as something you do well. You probably assume that getting something done is what you’re just supposed to do instead of you doing something successfully.
Finishing those reports on time, showing up when no one else did, or running a household are things you just do. Quantifying those things on paper, and thereby patting yourself on the back, for something you see as normal, must-do behavior can seem excessively grandiose and congratulatory.
It’s not excessive, but, if you’re like me and like a lot of us, our biggest critic is our own mind; talking down our achievements or flat-out ignoring the successes we’ve made. What we see as “getting it done because we have to” can be and should be viewed as “getting things done successfully.” Most of the time we don’t.
A resume is a marketing tool. You’re marketing yourself, but if marketing yourself is something you don’t think you’re worthy of doing, writing a resume can be an exercise in frustration. And it shows. Because most of us are inherently bad at even knowing what we’re good at.
Everyone can use some help in drawing out/directing/bringing-to-light in order to quantify all the amazing things we do every day. We need help in remembering that time no manager was on duty but we solved that crisis anyway. We need help in reminding ourselves about all that time we stayed late to digitize that antiquated paper-based system on our own. We need a kick-in-the-pants to boast that we fed and clothed a family of six within a tiny budget month after month with room to spare.
And why no one should write their own resume. In the end, you are, of course, responsible for your own final content and writing, but most of us would benefit greatly with help. Often it takes someone outside of ourselves to show us how our everyday tasks are really milestone successes.
Not everyone can do what we do yet, we assume, not only that they can but that they do it better. It’s simply not true. We are successful and we’re good at what we do. We just don’t know it yet.
It’s been a long time since I’ve raised my head around here. A long time since I’ve gollumed into view from between dark places to appear on the “interwebs”. It’s only because I’ve been editing. Editing, not writing. And it’s writing that gets all the glory.
The biggest problem of marketing great editing is that I am expected to show them something to prove it.
That becomes difficult when the last thing any client wants is for me to use their rough drafts as examples.
“As you can see, the misuse of the word, ‘there’ was wrong 89% of the time in this unauthorized sharing of their manuscript with you. Proving that I’m not only a gossip but an unethical creep.”
Who would hire someone like that? When even the act of asking someone to edit your work is like opening your chest and baring your heart? No one. Because it takes immense courage to open that vulnerable place and let a stranger in without having to worry about becoming the bad example. So, when it comes to provable work-pieces, I’m not sharing sh*t.
I’m not, by any means, suggesting that sharing is common in this field. At all. I’m only explaining my lack of original content lately.
Because there just isn’t enough time to create something good when you’re helping someone else create perfection.
It’s because of my dedication to you, dear readers and clients, that I sacrifice…having more reads readers to not read…my…Hey! It makes sense in my head. You get the idea.
Molotov Ink is alive and well. Contact me any time.
P.S. If you’re interested in some comprehensive background internet research too, contact me.
Again, tight lips, no judging.
It all began when I decided that being the smartest, the funniest, always correct, the most meticulous and insightful editor, the most fascinating writer, and the most extremely creative book cover designer in the room wasn’t enough. I felt had to bless everyone by sharing my natural skills and talents so otherwise lacking in the world of commerce.
And I’m kidding. It’s true I have skills but I’m hardly the most of anything.
But being talented and humble is a benefit to anyone needing editing, book cover design, and/or writing services. Because I’m not happy until you’re happy. I’m not going to throw something out there with the complacent, self-satisfied contentment of someone inordinately proud of their own bull. I won’t stop until you get what you need. It’s all about you.
I’ll work my ass off for you…because your opinion of the results is better than mine. It just is.
So, contact me and let’s light something up.
-Mo of the NTZ and Molotov Ink
This can be yours. Or something like it. David Knop beat you to this design but there’s more in this noggin of mine. Run quickly…
The highly anticipated new novel, Animal Parts A Peter Romero Mystery, is launching out into the world this April 10th. Please enjoy the video for news on this exciting event!
Book Launch party and planning, cover design, movie design, and artwork are all products and services of Molotov Ink.
This site is going to be full of over-used, hackneyed expressions about things blowing up.
But don’t think of it as a form of destruction. Think of it like a Phoenix rising up out the ashes…new beginnings.
Pretty awesome, isn’t it. It is. It’s basic and simple but powerful; like all good things.
Molly “Molotov Cocktail” Knop
Tired of ordinary writing? Me, too.
Let’s do something about it. I’ll help you fire up your writing projects to spectacular levels. Let’s get down in the trenches and fight dirty together.
I got your back.
I’ll use all available resources to revolutionize your impact on the world.
Let’s do this.
Molly “Molotov Cocktail” Knop