Saturday, October 2, 2010

Bullet Points on an RPCV's Resume

Probably one of the hardest things to do as a Peace Corps Volunteer is summarize your service into nifty resume nuggets.

How do you put two years of acclimation, assimilation and adaptation into a handy little paragraph? I mean, come on! That's like asking Löki to say Kirk was a better captain than Picard. It's impossible (literally, I almost had a conniption writing that sentence )!

So, to help all my Az6 friends prepare to re-entering the work force, I came up with some helpful buzz words that are sure-fire resume gold:

  1. Capable of long-range goal setting: Planning how best to use that one restroom break while on an 8 hour bus ride taught you this.
  2. Comfortable in a diverse range of settings: You're used to being the only one not getting what's going on - language barriers do that.
  3. Adaptable: When there's water, you drop everything to get home and turn on your pump, otherwise, your SOL until next Tuesday.
  4. Self-starter: You figured out how to re-attach your telephone cables and now your phone works, again!
  5. Independent and self-suffienct: You did spend every evening for 2 years entertaining yourself.
  6. Efficient user of time: Nothing teaches you how best to use your time when you've wasted hours waiting on the side of the road. 
  7. Excellent at managing funds: You know what it is like to have 4 days to pay day and nothing but a box of lentils.
  8. Personable and great to work with...uh...you were a PCV.