UPDATED ON 12/29/2021

Big-picture thinkers do not have to feel imprisoned by offices that clearly compartmentalize their workforce. Just be smart about it.

Big Picture Mindset Can Confine You In A Box

During a free consultation with a prospective client a couple of months ago, I spoke with an extremely artistic graphics designer whose visual talents boosted his unique angle in operations and business development. He soon became a prominent chief operations officer who strengthened product brands.

Now available for his next big gig, he targeted small startup-like businesses that were encountering marketing issues that stemmed from operations.

However, when asked, “When you read job descriptions, what job titles catches your eye?” He answered, “That’s just it, I don’t know because none of them really speaks to me.”

I don’t blame him. Titles can often silo us into one discipline, which presents an identity issue for multi-disciplinary people like us. He felt pigeonholed.

He and a handful of clients would not benefit from a resume. An executive-level consultant like him would do so much better with a website showcasing his services because he was really selling himself as an encompassing business rather than an individual contributor.

Plus, a big-picture person like him could not intellectually connect with recruiters or just any hiring manager. He needed to actually speak with someone who understood his view.

In the end, it was completely about networking. Even if something on Indeed did intrigue him, he would do better by fishing out the top dog of the company, connect with that person, and send a business proposal instead of a resume.

For the rest of us, we are all capable of so much more than what others may want to categorize us to be. That is why we feel the need to construct more than one version of our resumes.

Nonetheless, the working world does tend to confine each individual in a box, and believe it or not, there is a time and place for it.

When Big-Picture Thinking Hinders

Sunbreak Resumes When Big-Picture Thinking Hinders

Let’s pretend to build a house.

To drive a nail, we use a hammer. We can use other tools, but a hammer is best.

Now step into the shoes of recruiters and hiring managers. They are faced with specific issues that greatly challenge them. That’s why they hire people.

And when they search for that person, they want someone who can fix those issues. I mean, would we hire a marketing manager to resolve a software development problem? Probably not.

We might be thinking, “Wait, I have seen job descriptions that sound like they are trying to hire three people in one!”

To that I would say, “Well, those roles still tend to favor one role more than the other two.” For instance, technical project managers can either be more technical inclined or people-management inclined depending on whom the company is looking for. It is up to us to read the fine-print carefully and ask good probing questions.

Even so, we must still answer their initial question, “Can this person solve my problems?”

That’s what the resume needs to express.

If the resume says, “I can do this. I can do that. And, oh, I can also do this third thing.” then it sounds fluffy, unclear, and scatterbrained, as though the candidate is clueless.

“But I don’t want to be confined in a box!” we may exclaim.

We don’t have to be. In fact, it is to our huge advantage to be diverse in our knowledge and curiosity. That said, we must still address the precise issues facing recruiters and hiring managers in initial stages when they only have a piece of paper to consider.

Hence, concentrate on circumstances given in job descriptions and pinpoint distinctive titles so that the resume summary identifies us as the right people to interview.

When Big-Picture Thinking Works

Sunbreak Resumes When Big-Picture Thinking Works

There’s a Time for Everything

Sunbreak Resumes There’s a Time for Everything



Need to figure out when to express your big-picture thinking and when to focus? I might be able to tell you.

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