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10 November 2017

From Medium:

Putting “passionate” on a resumé is like including Microsoft Word in the list of software you know.

In job interviews, being “passionate” distinguishes you from your peers as much as the fact that you’ve got a pulse. Sure, it checks a box, but does it make you special?

Offering passion as a professional qualification is like when reality TV contestants are asked why they should be spared elimination, and they say they want it more than other contestants. I’m sorry, I didn’t realize this was a “wanting it” competition.

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Being passionate about something—whether it’s design, drag, baking while being delightfully British—is not the same thing as being skilled at it.

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The value of a design is not in how the designer feels about it. Passion doesn’t always translate to quality.

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My problem with passion is not that people care about their work. I care about my work. But how we signal how passionate we are about design — late nights, burn out, becoming more brand than human—is toxic.

Link to the rest at Medium

From Chuck Wendig:

The act creates momentum. Writing begets writing begets writing.

The lack of act has its own momentum, too — don’t write today, and tomorrow you wonder if this is really who you are, if this is what you’re meant to do, and so the next day you think it’s just not happening, the Muse isn’t there, the inspiration hasn’t lit a fire under your ass yet, the rats don’t feel like they’re gnawing at you and oh, hey, other writers — well, they’re all talented and driven and they’d never think of sitting down and not writing and maybe that’s who you are, not a writer but rather, Not A Writer, and so the gap in your effort cracks and pops and widens like a broken jaw, a yawning mouth, and soon all you see is the broken teeth of your efforts, broken dreams there in the dark of the mind and the back of the throat, and what you Want to do is lost beneath the illusion of what you Didn’t — or what you Can’t — do.

We fight that inertia, we fight the fear and the doubt by writing.

The words you write right now are words you can fix later.

The words you don’t write today are a curse, a hex, a black hole painted white.

You think that forcing it is counterproductive, that it means nothing, that you’ll just spit mud and blood onto the paper — and you might be right, but you might be wrong. Might be gold in them thar hills, might be a cure for what ails you in those droplets of blood. You don’t know. You can’t know. You’re you — your own worst judge, your own enemy, your greatest hater.

If you’re dying in the snow, no matter how much it hurts, you’ve gotta get up and walk.

Link to the rest at Terrible Minds

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5 Comments to “Passion/Dispassion”

  1. On the admittedly few resumes I ever had to write, I never included the word “passionate.” I pretty much stuck to the facts of what skills I had and the work experience I’d collected over the years. It never occurred to include that I was passionate about something job-related. I was trying to get a job, not spill my guts over a necessary requirement of applying for that job.

    Of course, this was back in the mid-late 90’s. Back then, all the resume-writing guides I used omitted advice on including that I’m “passionate” about my skills. I seemed to land those jobs just fine without it.

  2. Back in the ’90s, The Charlotte Observer newspaper hired its managing editor on this basis. The publisher and exec editor had told her at her interview that she hadn’t shown enough “passion” to convince them of her ability. She put together a package of passion-related stuff, like Passion perfume and other gee-gaws, and that convinced them to hire her.

  3. I find it unfortunate that ‘passionate’ is so much a requirement for all jobs now that it’s become meaningless. Is it no longer enough to be merely excellent at selling burgers or healing the sick? One must also have a passion for it? Just like passion does not equal excellence, excellence and skill can be present without passion. I for one would much rather have a major surgery performed on me by someone with a high level of skill and experience and no passion about it at all than one with all the passion for surgery in the world and neither skill nor experience at it.

  4. As a manager who hired hundreds of computer programmers over the years, I have read many resumes. “Passionate” was a word I ignored. I selected candidates for interviews based on their experience and training. I could ask HR to verify a candidate’s claims to experience or training, if what I read in the resume looked promising but implausible. Passion? Ask HR to verify passion? No.

    In interviews, I looked for passion and seldom hired if I did not see it. I also looked for wit, curiosity, independence, and integrity in interviews, but how could anyone gauge that from a sheet of paper?

  5. Must be the latest “thing” to set one apart from other applicants. Like anything else, it was probably okay at first, but now everyone does it, so kind of pointless.

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