Enough About Me? Resume-writing blogs
Sitting with my son Noah, and our cousin Jeffrey in an unpretentious Mexican restaurant near Washington Square on Sunday, we started talking about Noah's job.
Having just graduated in June from the University of Wisconsin, Noah sent out one resume, went on one interview and was gainfully employed 10 days after graduation.
Not so for his friend Sam*. Like Noah, Sam graduated from Wisconsin in June. He was a strong student with a major in marketing. He had several internships. He's sent out 95 resumes and hasn't been called for one interview.
Jeffrey said the obvious. There has to be something wrong with his resume.
Or does there?
Just the day before I was chatting with my friend Lynne about resumes.
Sitting in a lovely european coffee shop( that's what it called itself, "european coffee shop" ) near 1st avenue and 15th in NYC, I was talking via my cell phone with Lynne in St.Louis who had just landed her dream job-- planning events and managing volunteers for a nonprofit.
Instead of going the tradiitional resume route, Lynne opted to send a "career basket". Lynne had taken 12 words that described the skillset of the position and then filled a bucket with chatchkees representing each skill. For organized, there was a little dayplanner, for creative,a box of crayons,and so on. Her traditional resume was in the center of all the stuff.
She got the job.
Not ready to do a bucket resume but not wanting to end up in Sam's position with no call backs?
There are a ton of resume writing blogs that will either provide you with the confidence to create the world's best resume ,or intimidate you enough to hire a professional resume writer to do the job for you.
Jennifer Anthony at ResumeASAP Blog offers practical advice like:
Eight Essential Proofreading Secrets to Keep Your Resume Out Of The Trash andListing Other Interests on a Resume Yes or No?.
At One Louder Heather Hamilton has a post with multiple links for people who want to brush up on resume strategies.
The Executive Resume Blog offers news on the latest trends, techniques, and issues affecting executive employment and executive resume writing. Laura, like manyof the resume blog writers promotes she is a certified resume writer.
Then there's a post from Diane Penna, who asks the question,Are Resume Writing Services Necessary? Her conclusion?
If you are concerned about having your resume get noticed, I would suggest getting help with your cover letter instead. Resumes, while detailed, are not typically written in full sentences, while a cover letter requires excellent English skills. Don't make the mistake of thinking that just because a cover letter wasn't requested that it isn't needed.
Do what I did. Spend an extra hour or two and put together your own resume and I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised with the results.
And finally, Lorelle on Wordpress suggests that just as Thursday is the new Friday, Blogs are the new resume.
â€™For your career, a blog is essential,â€ says Phil van Allen, a faculty member of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
â€˜â€™Itâ€™s the new public relations and itâ€™s the new home page. Instead of a static home page, you have your blog,â€ he said. Itâ€™s a way to let people know what you are thinking about the field that interests you.â€
*Sam is a pseudonym. He is a real person and would love a job interview.
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