Wacky Resumes from Job Candidates

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In a recent interview I was asked if I got a lot of material from my children. As I told the interviewer, I tend to compartmentalize cartooning and being a dad. Each requires pretty much my full concentration, so there’s very little overlap, but the above cartoon is a rare exception.

My wife and I were weathering a rough patch potty training my son and we were devouring every book, article, and old wives’ tale on the subject. I found a lot of material on training children very young and the benefits thereof.

Being a worrier, I began to wonder if I’d started too late. Soon all sorts of late-start horrors began to stew in my head, and it wasn’t long before the cartoon part of my brain began to look for over-the-top scenarios on the flip side. What might he have accomplished if we’d started much earlier? Had I robbed him of some great destiny?!

It all worked out, of course, and this cartoon was an unexpected bonus.

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Mark Anderson, professional cartoonist

About the Author: Mark Anderson’s cartoons appear in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Anderson is the creator of the popular cartoon website, Andertoons.com, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons cartoon blog.


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website, Andertoons.com.

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  1. That’s funny. An overachiever from birth!

  2. Martin Lindeskog

    I think it will work out fine with your son! I think I learned in a natural way on how to use the “restroom” as you say in America at an early age, but I was not attending a crash course in potty training. I was a too “wild” child for sitting still for a long period of time… 😉

    I was eager to enter the world and I was preterm almost two months. It was year 1968 and it was time for me to start the “contra” revolution! 😉

  3. i have seen resumes that almost went as far as telling you about potty training. Really!

  4. Cool Cartoon Mark!

    @Amanda: You’re right with the overachiever thing! Lol!

  5. This reminds me of my early days . . . when I didn’t have much experience to list. I should’ve considered the “potty training” aspect way back then LOL!