Love it and Hug it and let George Breathe

ImageAnyone remember the old Bugs Bunny cartoon?  That will come back in a bit…


Spring is near.  I know this not due to the occasional warmer weather or peaking of spring bulbs coming up; no I know it is Spring because we have had our first bunny sighting.


My dogs love bunnies, well two of the three do.  The biggest one just loves running around for no reason whatsoever, but that is another story.


I came home the other night and was having a conversation with a friend about constellations.  When I walked in the house I immediately went out to the back deck and let one of the dogs out with me.  As I was staring at Orion when I noticed Bandit was running around the yard like a crazy dog.  I told my friend that he must have picked up the scent of a bunny.  But it seemed to be going on for quite a long time.


Something caught my eye when he went whizzing by and that is when I realized he picked up the scent because he was chasing it through the back yard.


Oh no.


When I hung up I turned on the flashlight app  on my phone (best invention!) and pointed it to where my pup was standing under a tree.  There lie the bunny.  Above the bunny was my pup, nudging it gently with his nose as if saying, “C’mon, get up, let’s play some more!”


Bunny wasn’t ready to play anymore.


I called him in the house and went back to check on the bunny.  Poor little thing.  He was laying there, panting, looking so dazed and confused.  I believe either pup got so excited that he tagged him or accidently stepped on him.  Either way, bunny wasn’t going anywhere any time soon.


The puppy was so excited and was loving playing with the bunny so much that he actually – and accidentally – killed the bunny.  I am going to say it was a stroke as I saw no blood and the bunny let me pick it up and pet it before he went to the great pasture in the sky. 


I gently placed the bunny in an old coat and in a box so I could try to make his “burial” as humane and decent as possible. 


When I went back into the house there was my pup.  All happy, tail wagging and just as pleased as could be ready to go out and play some more with his new friend.  I had to tell him that the bunny was too tired to play and went home. 


Ok, look, these dogs know what I am saying, I don’t care what you think.  If I am fixing dinner and using cucumbers (which they hate) all I have to do is tell them they are cucumbers.  But if I am having tomatoes I cannot tell them they are cucumbers because they know I am lying and they love tomatoes.  They just know.


The point is this dog loved his little friend and playing with him so much that he ended up killing him – or her.  I didn’t go so far as to try to determine the sex of the now deceased bunny.


After a day to get over the poor bunny incident, I realized that so often we do what my pup did: we love something to death.  And then the old Bugs Bunny cartoon flashed through my mind.  The one with the big monster thing holding Bugs Bunny saying, “I will love it, and hug it and name it George.”  All the while Bugs is looking like he is afraid of being loved to death.


Maybe it is our job or our resume or even an older version of how we present ourselves.  We get so entrenched with what he have come to love and always done that we do not realize that we have smothered it and it is no longer a vibrant thing helping us move forward.


We tell ourselves that it has always worked before so why shouldn’t it work for us now?  Because, as the old saying goes, the more things change the more they stay the same.  You position has evolved over time, your resume should be updated to reflect your newest skills/abilities and your introduction should speak to your current audience.


When I first started several years ago I used to introduce myself as a Resume Writer.  Boring.  Yes, it was short and to the point, but seriously, no one would admit they wanted to talk to me. 


Think about it, if you were at a networking event with people that you knew, would you want them to know you were talking to a resume writer?  No, they might tell your coworkers or boss. 


I love what I do but I realized that loving that part of it was actually killing it. 


I had to look beyond the one thing that I held on to.  What do I really do in writing resumes?  How do I do it, what else does it encompass and what do I not do?


I do not just write resumes.  I help people identify and communicate their value; rediscover their value; identify other opportunities; transition into different industries; become confident in moving forward; gain knowledge in networking; importance and utilization of LinkedIn…I do a lot more than resumes.  I build brands; I help people get recognized and hired.


Does your resume need to be updated?  Does it accurately reflect your value?  Is it an old copy of a list of your titles and duties?  If so, I hate to tell you, but you need to wrap that bunny in an old coat, gently place it in a box and have a little ceremony.


Let your resume speak about your value, about you; not just what you do but how you do it, whom you work with and the people you work with.  What is the value you bring to your clients, company and team?


How about your old standard introduction in networking?  Is it still representing you?  Does it speak to your audience, communicate your value and encourage them to engage in conversation with you?  If not, well, you know what to do.


Take a look at something you have been holding on to – what needs to be changed?  If you hold on to it so much, so tightly because you love it you maybe squeezing the life out of it instead of letting go in order to breathe new life into it.



Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW

Brand Strategist & Career Coach

Certified Professional Resume Writer


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