The A-Team

The A-Team

The A-Team
[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ometimes creative inspiration comes from the most unlikely sources. Polishing K’s resume the other night, I explained to him how most people view it as a laundry list of skills and achievements when really it needs to appear as the solution to a prospective employer’s problems. 

We discussed keywords and search terms a recruiter would use, which of his abilities made him stand above the crowd and what an international posting demands of a person. He said,

“Basically, they’re looking for someone with transferable skills who can hit the ground running, see what’s required and work independently to make it happen. Someone who’s flexible and adaptable and doesn’t need their hand held.”

An image popped into my head of a black-clothed figure being helicoptered in – an “engineer of fortune”, troubleshooter, the SEALs of the engineering world!

Later that night I couldn’t sleep; an idea was forming in my head. If any of you grew up with The A-Team, this’ll make you laugh…

Whitby Shores, Whitby, Ontario

By Aisha Ashraf

An autistic Irish immigrant in a cross-cultural marriage, Aisha Ashraf is the archetypal outlander, writing to root herself through place and perspective. Published in The Rumpus, The Maine Review, River Teeth, HuffPost and elsewhere, her work explores the legacy of trauma, the nature of being an outsider and the narrow confines of belonging. She currently lives in Canada.


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