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24 October 2013 @ 03:58 pm
A couple of years ago, we got some new space for my teams to move into, and I was the point person representing my department for pretty much all of the decisions about furniture, layout, colors, carpets, etc. We've been in it for a little more than a year, and it's great; it works well for our various teams, and it's a lively and interactive space. We know of some features that are lacking or things that need improvement, but I'm very happy with the stuff I had control over.

One of those things that was totally my domain was soft seating: we have lots of little areas with sofas and comfy chairs, all of which I picked out.

Interestingly, as the company continues to grow and expand into new space, I'm noticing that many of my decisions are being copied for new spaces -- lots of the furniture is exactly the furniture I bought, to the color! And plenty more is the furniture I bought but in different colors.

Cool! This is satisfying. And I want to figure out how to put it on my resume, because I feel like it's relevant to the value I bring to athena that I make decisions that are good in themselves but also good enough that other parts of the company copy them. This is actually true for my role, too, which several other departments have copied in the couple of years since I became Manager of Special Projects.

Any ideas on how to describe this on a resume?
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mr_privacy on October 25th, 2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
I like the basic approach wotw suggests--just freakin say it. At the same time, to refine, what sort of decisions?

I hate to say it, but can you somehow measure? What fraction of furniture replacements use your choices?

Lastly, can you say something about what you want the reader to know?

Example, "Generate culture by example (rather than exhortation or policy). As an example, furniture choices made to facilitate more frequent and comfortable team interaction have been copied at 65% of seating area upgrades in our office."

That's a little overly dilberty, but I hope it helps you by contrasting with what you wrote.
Mouseketeer Stigmatatrom on October 25th, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
I really want to come up with something overly clever like "office trendsetter" but honestly the advice that wotw and mr_privavy gave is much better.