A Virtuous Resume

I spend a lot of time trying to understand and implement the four classical virtues in my life. These virtues are found just about everywhere throughout the history of serious thought, from The Old Testament, to classical philosophers like  Plato and Aquinas to modern thinkers like Mortimer Adler. 

The four classical, or cardinal virtues are: Prudence, the ability to judge between actions with regard to proper actions; Justice, the proper balance between self-interest and the rights and needs of others; Moderation, the practice of  self-control, abstention, and moderation, and Fortitude, he ability to confront fear and uncertainty.

So I have been thinking, Do these virtues inform how I write a resume? 

After all, a resume is the story of one’s professional life, and life should be lived virtuously, right? If nothing else, this allows me to explore one more distinct way of crafting a resume, which can only be a good thing. It would seem to me that if you could highlight how you showed these various virtues in your previous jobs, and throughout your career in general, that you would be presenting yourself at your absolute strongest to potential employers.

For instance, I don’t think I would suggest doing anything as bold as stating right on the resume, “ I have shown great fortitude by....” However, I do think that if you can show how you stood against the prevailing current at your company and your decision netted a positive outcome, that that is a strong positive to feature on your resume.

Experimentation is the key to succeeding.

Over the next few posts I will be working through this thought experiment here at the blog. I’ll take one virtue at a time and try to show how incorporating related experiences can be a way to make you stand out from the hundreds of other resumes employers receive. I invite comments, positive and negative. This is really meant to be a conversation. Perhaps at the end we may have created a unique take on fairly formulaic document.