A brief overview of the newest trend in the professional world: devoiding one’s self of all trends.
“BeYOUtiful” has appeared on at least five different style shirts in every department store juniors section and pre-teen clothing store (rip The Limited Too) since about 2007. Somewhere, at this very moment, a young girl is attempting to imitate fifth harmony’s latest music video choreography while updating her Instagram bio to include the initials of her newest crush (none other than the late and great Robert Redford of course) and wears the inspirational message, “BeYOUtiful” across the backside of her pink Justice sweatpants. Though the phrase can easily be transformed into a representation of everything a twelve-year-old boy looks for in his weekly woman crush Wednesday, it demonstrates a much larger, very ironic, trend. Over the past few months I’ve had the opportunity to attend various presentations which feature human resources representatives and other professionals whom deal with hiring on a daily basis. Every speaker has made it a point to emphasize the importance of a candidate presenting their true self through their resume, cover letter, professional social media and interviews. No longer does typing speed reign supreme, nor is Windows XP knowledge the name of the game; authenticity is the new black. What does this mean for job seeking professionals across the world? Literally, this idea means that every resume’s objective should state “you just do you, and ima do me”. Realistically, this idea encourages individual expression (within limits) to highlight candidate’s personal, unique talents and humanize the employment process. The newest trend is for prospective employees to devoid themselves of previous trends and simply present an authentic self. Employers want to hire people. Employers want new ideas and inspiration amongst their team members. Employers want innovative office spaces full of confident people. Suddenly, the world no longer seems like a dark almostbutnotquiteyet-dystopian society but a kind, warm, happy place that hires real people for reasons besides their freshman year history of rock music elective grade (let’s be real-we all know I wouldn’t get that job). Before you run to cancel your over-priced professional headshot appointment at the nearest location with six different brick wall background lighting options, it is imperative that you understand that this idea, as all of the others over the years, is still a sort of trend. Experience, hard work, dedication and overall ability play a major roll in determining whether a candidate lands their dream internship or ends up working another season at their community’s summer day camp. So, the next time you get dressed for an interview with a company you’ve frantically been researching for the past three hours and can still only recite the first 17 words of their mission statement, take a breath and put on your XXL “BeYOUtiful” camisole from Kohl’s pre-teen section (underneath of your suit, preferably). Remember that no matter how poorly you did on that rock concert analysis paper in the spring semester of your freshman year (I should really be studying for MUSC107 instead of writing this), you’re not only a hard worker, but a human being as well.