Imagine not having a Resume. I Never Worked for Anyone.
After about five years of writing movie scripts. I went back to the family business and also got divorced. This change back to furniture was not a big deal. It all felt normal, natural and easy. After all, it was the one thing I have done since I was a kid. Let’s not start on child labour laws, but yes I helped out in the family business. We had nothing when we immigrated and my parents always shared our financial situation with us. Thinking back I wish they hadn’t, but yeah my brother and I worked to put food on our table.
When our family business at Zsemba closed I realized that I did not have a resume. My LinkedIn profile was empty. I had one job at one company from 1979 to 2014. We had a separate company called V.P.T. Designs but that was mostly for tax purposes…
Time to Job Hunt. Oh, and the Resume…
After Zsemba closed, thanks to the kindness of IKEA (Feel free to update yourself in the link) I had to make a resume. “This was going to be interesting.” I thought to myself… The fact that I have never have been employed by anyone else but family will surely make job hunting a pain in the ass!
Career changes. Resume Writing.
Sometimes you get lucky. After starting up my own business, Zanova Designs, I was overwhelmed by the lawsuit between us and IKEA. It was by far the most stress I have ever had in my life and luckily, I was able to sell the business. I focused on nothing but the lawsuit. On the upside, I did have an additional item on my resume. After all that blew over, I needed a job.
I had to get out of the house after months of scouring hard drives for information…
I made a few calls and within days, I came across some old friends who needed a foam fabricating shop set up. They hired me as a plant manager/consultant. They were a start-up with a clean slate. I got to set it all up the way I wanted to and train people. Once more, sometimes you get lucky.
Lucky Once More. Sometimes it Happens.
Working closely with people means you get to know them. I was not used to working with racist, pigs. Womanizers, liars and cheats were not my kinds of people. By the time the company was up and running, it was time for me to run as well. I consulted with a few recruiters and began to seek other opportunities.
Once more, luck was on my side. An ex-sales person of mine called me and asked me to join their company. Suddenly I had another opportunity and another addition to my resume.
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