So I'm planning my return to Asia early next year.
And this time around, I plan to find a job in the startup space while I slowly rebuild Yummy Blair & Healthy Hair Asia part-time.
When I left my "perfect job" at an international kindergarten last October, I knew that I couldn't both teach at an international school and build a startup.
Because international schools takes up all of a teachers time and creative energy.
Aside from investing my energy and time making products and talking to my customers, I focus a lot of energy on building my personal brand through blogging, podcasting, and making videos.
And since I've created the "Yummy Blair" character I have to manage my own brand and build her character up (my vision to the likes of Hello Kitty).
So, how can I translate all this creative work and branding into my resume?
I don't exactly know.
And I don't see why resumes today still remain relevant.
I think resumes are so outdated given how we live in a digital age where people now have to have some kind of online presence, i.e. LinkedIn, that display their work and credentials.
And if you're a creative, it would make more sense to direct people to look at your online portfolio: blog, YouTube channel, podcast, social media accounts, than on a 2-page word doc.
Sharing educational credentials are important, but that can be done on LinkedIn! Plus you can now have recommendations and see the connections and contacts of people.
Which is a lot better than writing "references given upon request" at the bottom of a resume.
Why do we need resumes anymore?
As a creative entrepreneur, I believe my work speaks for itself.
If people want to know me, I write a personal cover letter and direct them to my blog, podcast, and videos.
I'm curious to know what are your thoughts?
Do we still need resumes today?
I haven't been on Facebook or Instagram for about 2 weeks.
I need to focus.
See, living in Bangkok, Facebook and Instagram was like the "center of the world" as most communication is via Facebook messenger (or LINE), people promoted and found events via Facebook,
and to build a personal brand, entrepreneurs, investors, and small business owners spent a lot of time sharing stories, pictures, and thoughts, on Facebook and Instagram.
Well, I'm temporarily out of Bangkok, and far away from any startup environment. This is a good and bad thing. Bad, because I may be "missing out" on events and making connections,
whether it's with customers and friends; but it's good because I have quite a few things to accomplish before I return back to Asia.
Things like, completing my book. Spending time with my family, and other essential things that must be accomplished.
And being off social media, taking a break from the "virtual world" I have gained a lot more clarity.
Plus, being in Bangkok for about 3 years, people know who I am, where they can find me, and if they really want to find me, they can call or email me (though I still check my Facebook messenger).
Since my brief absence, I still receive messages from my customers (they keep me motivated), and few friends back in BKK.
So, if you are wondering where I've been, I'm here, just not on social media :)