Jamming Through January with Jaros
Ponder a playlist that is all over the place, you might find something you like

A few years ago, I struggled to find a new job. I wanted to work in the retail industry, but there was one issue: I had only worked at restaurants. I applied to clothing stores, shoe stores, and even supermarkets. My phone did not ring for months. That was until I added “playlist maker” under the hobbies section of my resume. Sherwin Williams, a company that sells paint and has nothing to do with music, called me back days later. 

Months after I landed the interview and was hired, I asked my manager for her thoughts on the “playlist maker” addition. “It gave me a sense of your personality,” she said. “You seemed like a fun character and someone who would fit in well with the rest of the group.” 

At this point you might be thinking: is this guy implying that making playlists and adding them to my resume is something that will land me a job?

Well yes, but probably not. The thing about music is that it connects humans on a deeper level. If you share specific music tastes with someone else, that automatically creates a stronger and faster bond. 

Over the years, my music taste has been dramatically influenced by the people around me. I have gone from listening to hip-hop and rap, to metal, pop, and Latin music. Every time I meet someone new, I always ask what type of music they listen to. It helps me get to know them better and bolsters my own musical archives. 

So, in this playlist, I have included some of my top songs over the last year. Songs that I played when I was feeling hype and bold. Songs that define my personality—all over the place. Enjoy!

Features Editor (Volume 48) | features@themedium.ca
Ricardo graduated with a Professional Writing and Communications major, and a Physics and Mathematics double minor in 2021. He also graduated with a huge spending problem. Think of every Apple product on the market—Ricardo has it. You can catch Ricardo at the nearest Apple store replacing his MacBook’s battery for the fifth time. “It’s because of the endless hours I spend writing,” he assures. As Features Editor, Ricardo looks forward to highlighting exceptional individuals, groups, and causes in our community. He’s just glad he won’t be doing it from a Windows computer. You can connect with him on his website, Instagram, or LinkedIn.

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