My Resume

I’m offering up my resume for those following me into the workforce. 


Tyler Merrels 

185 Not My Childhood Home
Any City, Any Country
My dad made me leave off my

I have a degree in something I’d rather not disclose and buzzword buzzword
dynamic half­truth.

College State University
B.A. in *redacted*, Fall Something­-May 2014   Major GPA: 3.42 Overall: Really? I
mean, didn’t you see how good my major GPA is does it really mattOK 2.59
● Business minor I was required to get
● Strong background in science due to spending three and a half years
as a Pre­Med major before failing so many classes I was basically
forced to switch out

● Wrote a total of six major research papers in a total of six nights (each 12­-20
pages of other people’s opinions)
● At least one major project/presentation a semester to which I
contributed my name alone (PowerPoint or oral)

Liability Claims Adjuster, INSURICO
● Can get yelled at with minimal tearing up
● Balance no less than 5 coffees in each hand
● Expert in ass­covering when busted
● Can read off long claim numbers without sacrificing clarity
● Leaving very professional voicemails
● Feigning interest in coworker’s stories
● Cussing under breath so no one hears
● Talking condescendingly to customers
● Acting “above this”
● Can pee next to senior management and be totally cool about it
● Can think creatively and independently while using a word track
● Expert multi­tasker (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, sexting)
● Resisting the urge to scream/cry
● Dialing phone numbers super fast

Student Employee, University Library
● Worked hungover
● Took naps in the group study rooms without being caught once
● Stretched ten minute tasks to two hours
● Worked drunk
● Hold the record for “Longest Tenure” of any student worker


Your First Day of Work – A Timeline

It’s that time of year again, when a new class of graduates enters the real world and 8% start new jobs.  The rest of you will join them in about 15 months.  Until then, here’s a preview of the emotional roller coaster you’ll ride on your first day.


8:29 AM – Alright let’s do this!!  Four years of college, all leading to this moment.  School sucked but it all pays off today!


8:30 AM – *throwing up in bathroom*


9:05 AM – How can this HR person use the word “family” with a straight face?  Last I checked my parents don’t make me scan a plastic badge every time I come home.  Anymore.


9:34 AM – Hey she looks pretty go-nevermind, ring.


9:51 AM – Oh so THAT’S what I was hired for!  I didn’t wanna ask but man was it killing me!


10:12 AM – The paperwork wouldn’t feel so sinister if they didn’t refer to themselves as The Company.


10:46 AM – I just got Dilbert.  Is this why Dad’s always so mad?


11:23 AM – Hey she looks pretty ok-nevermind, ring.


12:06 PM – How come everyone who speaks to us has been here exactly fifteen years?  What happens after that?  Is this complimentary bottled water the liquefied remains of a 37 year old?


1:17 PM – School wasn’t that bad, was it?  I mean I easily could’ve done really well if I’d just gone to class and read the assignments and studied for tests and shown up for tests and slept with my teachers and not slept with that one teacher.  Besides, in an age of heartless technology and cold cynicism the world needs more passionate and educated people with their masters in Post-Restoration English Litera-oh right, health insurance.


2:34 PM – Hey she ring.


4: 47 PM – Don’t look at your watch don’t look at your watch don’t look at your watch don’t look at youSHIT how has it not been 30 years yet?!?!

Millennials in the Workforce

1) The Language Barrier


Trying to talk with older co-workers sometimes feels like trying to communicate with the help.  I mean srsly, how hard is it to understand that words are cooler without vowels?  Tumblr, Grindr, and Flickr didn’t make a million dollars by using all the letters, so why should I?  Tim is mony and I got this job to mak bank, not old-prson proof my mails!


2) Headsets Don’t Suit Us


Look, wearing a headset is fine if you’re bald or have a crew cut or whatever.  There’s nothing to mess up and you obviously don’t care about your looks anyway, but I do.  I don’t spend $45 on styling wax and 20 minutes blow-drying my hair to lose all that lift under a headset.  Why do we need headsets anyway?  Haven’t these companies heard of iPhones?  I can just as easily sell cable package upgrades on speakerphone.


3) We’re Better Than This


A cube in corporate America is fine if you have no dreams or talent and just want to go home and watch Fox News with your opposite sex spouse and 2.5 kids, but we’re the generation with ambition.  It’s hard to work with so many people who don’t even realize they’re dead inside.  I honestly feel sorry for people I work with, scurrying around like ants without so much as a Twitter to express themselves.  They jump through hoops for raises and promotions, but have they ever done anything truly important like write a screenplay like I’m planning on doing?  It can be a suffocating environment, especially when you get reprimanded just for brainstorming an idea instead of placing calls.  What brings people more joy in the long run-bundling internet and cable or “The 5 Game of Thrones Characters You Didn’t Realize You Went To High School With”?


4) Horrible Phone Reception


A billion dollar company can give everyone health insurance but can’t put in wifi?  I wouldn’t really care except I swear the walls are filled with 4G blocker, like asbestos or something.  There’s no point to tweeting about my lunch if it doesn’t go through until 4 o’clock.  The poor signal even affects how many people can read my posts.  Hilarious observations get two ‘likes’, max.  It’s as if the crappy reception makes sure no one can comment on my stuff before 5 PM.


5) Cubicles Don’t Make Any Sense


All the old people have pictures decorating their cubicles, but all of my pictures are online.  They say it’s important to make your space your own, but what can I do, have my Instagram on a constant loop?  Also, they don’t have enough shelves.  I was able to fit maybe a third of my participation trophy collection before running out of space.  I have no idea what I’m going to do once work starts giving me trophies for showing up on time and not getting fired.  Or do they give personal pan pizzas like elementary school?  If not, they should.



TV Shows As Nights Out

Having a social life is alright I guess, but you know what’s even better?  Television.  Sitting at the corner of Escapism and Passivity, television shows can mimic the experience of any night out on the town, except for much less money and without the risk of meeting new people.  Here are seven shows to get you started.


1) Lost- The night started out great, full of thoughtful conversations and interesting people, many of whom you apparently already knew through mutual friends.  Even weirder than that were all the people who had freshmen classes with you or lived in your dorm but never spoke to you, always hovering in the background without your paths fully crossing.  You aren’t quite sure when it started, but somewhere along the way things started escalating quickly.  It was probably when that guy with the stupid Chinese tattoo showed up with the coke.  Things got crazier and crazier until you found yourself sideways at a house party on the opposite side of town where you recognized no one, wondering how you could possibly get yourself out of this one.


2) Breaking Bad- You kept ordering shots and liquor, pushing your tolerance past levels you thought possible.  Many times you thought you were going to lose it and throw up, but somehow you kept it together and kept pushing, making sure you told everyone in the bar every detail about the “uh-MAZE-ing” night you were having.  You felt excellent the next morning when it was all over and grabbed a nice big breakfast with your friends to top it off.


3) Dexter- A perfectly enjoyable night downtown ended with you in the hospital, under arrest, and with no memory of what happened in-between.


4) Firefly- The pregame was probably the best you ever went to.  Everyone was laughing and playing games, no one got too drunk or into any fights.  You couldn’t wait for the party after such a great teaser, but when you got there you couldn’t find anyone you knew.  You just spent a few hours wandering around, wondering how the party could bomb after such a great pregame, when you got a call to go to the after party.  You didn’t even know there was going to be one, but sure enough you find everyone there waiting on you.  Things picked up right where the pregame left off, although you couldn’t help noticing some people seemed a little bitter that the party was a bust.


5) Arrested Development- A great dinner party with your close friends, full of joking and wine.  The jokes were pretty inside and impenetrable for any outsiders, but it’s a blast for those who get the humor.  Someone suggested going to the bars for last call and one final drink, but unfortunately it just wasn’t the same.  By that point in the night everyone’s wits were a little duller and their eyelids a little heavier.


6) The Sopranos- Blackout.


7) Community- Decided to stay in and drink by yourself while watching some 80’s sitcoms and cult films.  No one would have any idea it happened if you hadn’t Tweeted and Tumbld about it all night.