Resume-value: adj. 1. A description of the relative worthiness one’s activities as listed to a future employer/institution, esp. as applied to non-essential activities occurring outside of work/school; 2. noun – A predictor of success or failure in an application process: Mary’s after-school activities had no resume value, and so her college applications were weak; 3. noun – A job which has no inherently positive qualities but which is held within an organization with a recognized named and is therefore prestigious: Sarah took the resume-value job, even though she knew she’d just be pouring coffee for patriarchal CEO’s, because she knew BYU respected and respected the Heritage Foundation; 4. noun – A method of exaggeration, bordering on lying, which is culturally acceptable and therefore comes without consequences: Though she had less than a dozen followers and only wrote sporadically, Kat gave her blog more resume-value by describing herself as “the editor-in-chief of a small, online newspaper which analyzes and critiques the costs and benefits of, and the obstacles to effective education in America”; 5. noun – A hyper-competitive mentality which creates a sense of deep self-loathing and permanent insecurity among adolescents esp. those found in traditional college preparatory school environments: Though Jim spoke four languages and had helped to build a village in Africa, he felt his decision to pass on the AP Calculus class had diminished his resume-value compared to Joe, thus ensuring that he would neither get into Yale, nor succeed in life; 6. noun – The currency of potential: Because older attorneys are not going to notice that Sue entered Latham during the years that the institution had hiring troubles, she was getting a lot of bang for her buck in resume value; 7. noun – An admissions and applicant-review criteria which favors students and applicants of financially privileged backgrounds and fails to recognize the intangible values and abilities of less privileged students and applicants: Tom was passed over for the promotion because, despite his commitment to the ideals of the company as evidenced by his 5 years of employment as well as his volunteer and social activities during his off-hours, he lacked the resume-value of a college degree in that area of expertise; 8. noun – the single most relevant factor for accepting or denying a summer program/internship. 9. noun – A cause of the great Twenty-Something Conundrum – see “About Kat”.