So Forrest, why do you need a .com after your name?
I like to warn people about what you are clicking into. This website could very well take you 20-30 minutes to read through. It did, after all take me many more hours to build. I will tag you with one challenge: read my blurb below before you decide to exit this website as I seek to explain who I am in more than just a few bullets on a resume. At the least, my BIO section of this website will explain so much about who I am and my most important experiences that have gotten me where I am today.
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As I am developing more into my years as a young professional I have found it more and more difficult to stand out in a sea of overachievers. My resume looks the same as the 5,000 other students in the business program with all of them in black, 12pt, times new roman font, because someone in a suit 5o years ago told everyone that business students in the US should have boring resume formats and anyone who doesn't won't fit well into a professional environment. As a result I am forced to compete with student prodigies that can, at times, blow me out of the water.
As I like to say it we live in the "All-Star Age." If you've ever created a LinkedIn account, you'll notice that at the top right hand corner of your editing screen is a little bubble that mimics the idea of a thermometer (pictured to the left of this screen). This is your "Profile Strength" and as you update your profile and make connections, LinkedIn likes to tell you how good of a job you're doing. These levels rank in the following: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert, and All-Star.
Oh that All-Star ranking... It was all I could think of attaining for quite some time; as if attaining this level would allow me any form of professional achievement. After a few months of tinkering with my profile and making more connections, I had finally done it. LinkedIn had finally labeled me; a lowly high school kid, an "All-Star," the highest attainable LinkedIn profile level.
The All-Star Age we are in today tells us that we can achieve professionalism and create a strength by acting or working to a certain level. This simple idea cannot only be dangerous; it can be devastating.
A few years, a lot of experience (in my opinion), and a few college classes later I have finally realized that LinkedIn was trying to tell me something. That little bubble wasn't filled to the top. There was actually still some empty room left at the top of the bubble.
That All-Star rating wasn't bestowed unto my account because I was being recognized as a first class business professional. It was given to me as a reminder that I will always have to continue to work hard to prove to everyone that I am deserving.
My point in this story is not to have you login to your LinkedIn account and publish frequently, but to explain to you that this website exists because I desire to show the world that there is more to Forrest Holloman than a 12pt, black set, times new roman resume, or a brief professional summary on a LinkedIn page.
I not only invite you to meet Forrest Holloman the resume, I invite you to meet Forrest Holloman the college student, the mentor, the business owner, the intern, the volunteer, the team builder, the motivator, the young professional and much, much more.