Mowgli can teach you a thing or two.
Animals at Work

What this ridiculously adorable dog can teach you about writing your best resume

Everybody needs a good resume—even if she’s not human.

Mowgli is a beloved foster dog who was looking for a new home because her owner was moving away. Twitter user Megan Frantz tweeted out photos of a resume yesterday for Mowgli’s application to be “Your Future Best Friend.”

Mowgli’s resume is, we must say, impressive.

Think about it: wouldn’t you want to hang out with a canine who is a self-proclaimed “Certified Running Partner/Beach Babe/Good Girl,” among other titles, and reportedly claimed the “Best Dog Ever” Award for four straight years?

Bask in the glory of the pup who is “75% German Shepherd, 25% Rwandan street dog, 100% Loveable:”

Mowgli was seeking out a “new best friend” (or a pack) and a “long term foster parent.”

Kelsey Finnegan, who worked on the resume and adopted the dog while working in Rwanda, gave Ladders a little more background.

The dog has moved from Rwanda, to New York, to different areas of California.

“She has lived a pretty extraordinary life, and is a very happy dog,” Finnegan told Ladders.

She also described how the resume came to be, telling us, “I wrote the resume and then asked Scott if he could help, who then added some great dog puns. I wrote it as a joke to convince my friend’s husband to take Mowgli, who happily accepted. In a sense then you could say she got the job.”

Congratulations, Mowgli, you’ve found a home!

But while Mowgli may be a dog, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t provided a teaching moment when it comes to resumes. We can all learn a bit about being our best selves.

Where Mowgli’s resume really gets it right

Here are a few areas where Mowgli’s resume was truly effective, and a good example for any job-seeker.

She maintains a positive attitude

You can tell that having Mowgli around would probably be a good time by the way that this resume is written to highlight her proactive approach.

Her “loyalty” and “goofiness” would probably bond you to her for life, and she doesn’t shy away from the fact that although she gained 15 pounds from chowing down on “bones and treats,” she says she “managed to remain adorable.”

She’s not afraid to show you how she shines

Mowgli’s resume talks up her qualifications in ways that would make anyone beg her to join their team. More job-seekers should leave behind their false humility and talk themselves up in this way.

With the use of terms like “extremely intelligent,” “fun-loving” and “incredible ability to zoom,” she seems like a great, collaborative team player, which is appropriate for her role.

She also lists her many talents in the skills section— including her knack for different languages.

How human applicants might do things differently

Mowgli’s resume, however, could be even better at highlighting her successes. Here are few things to consider the next time you reformat your resume.

Don’t use photos

You can’t argue with the fact that in Mowgli’s case, images of her could definitely win over potential foster parents and friends— but this doesn’t apply to human job candidates in the same way.

We’ve previously reported that headshots should be saved for curriculum vitaes, or CVs, for jobs that aren’t in the US—or entertainment positions that require them. That’s because certain information that can be gleaned from an image could result in discrimination:  your race, your age, or any disabilities you may have. It’s better to keep pictures off your application —unless you’re an absurdly adorable canine, of course.

Keep it short

Good resumes have one common bond: they are one page long at most.

Mowgli’s resume runs a bit long at two pages, additionally making it more like a CV than a resume— The Balance reports that CVs are more lengthy than resumes, “at least two or three pages.”

Don’t point out your ‘weaknesses’ and ‘reasons for leaving’

While weakness may come up during a job interview, wait until they do and keep them off your resume. It’s best not to give potential employers extra reasons why you’re not as strong of a candidate as others before meeting in person.

Mowgli drew attention to a homestay that didn’t quite work out, and which would affect her future employability: she had to leave the Finnegan Home in Pleasanton, CA because of “irreconcilable differences with Cat.”

Unless you’re going to be working closely with a species you’re fated to dislike, let your reasons for moving on to the next position emerge more organically in a conversation rather than on a resume.

Don’t list your birthday

Mowgli lists her birthday, something that future foster parents should know. Humans should steer clear of this, however, since it opens the door to age discrimination.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) makes it illegal to judge employability based on age, and “protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age,” including current employees and job candidates. Check if it applies to your employer.

Here’s how to respond if age comes up in an interview, although we hope this doesn’t happen to you.

Use more specific action verbs

There were instances were Mowgli’s accomplishments needed verbs as energetic as she is. Her resume says that she “provided essential post-work debriefs” and “ensured treat time was administered on time and fairly,” which are vague and leave the reader with questions. For Mowgli’s next resume (and yours), it’s worthwhile to use punchy, direct success verbs instead like “delivered essential post-work debriefs” and “Increased percentage of on-time treats through collaborative communication.”

All in all, this sweet dog has a detailed resume that truly speaks to her vibrant personality. And guess what? The resume worked. Mowgli already has a new home, but she also got at least one job offer from Megan’s tweet— to star in a new Animal Planet show.