I have a feeling why I didn’t get responses in the past from my resume.
I was ready to hear that today when I went to the unemployment shop in the area. My resume needs a lot of work. And I’m fine with that. I got some good tips, some papers to look at and get ideas, and some sample resumes to check out. It’s a good thing and it’s a process I need to do to get things rolling.
I also signed up for one workshop and plan on doing 2 or 3 of them over the next few weeks to get myself going a bit more. I’m being very pro-active about this job search, that’s for sure. Though being unemployed isn’t the greatest thing in the world, it’s a process I’m learning. Being it’s the first time in my life I’ve really had to deal with it, it’s not a bad thing. It’s a learning experience.
I liken it to the sports stars who are hitting free agency for the first time. Well, take away the fact that they already have made a ton of money and are looking to get paid even more outlandish amounts of cash. But you get the idea.
Turns out my resume has a lot of what I need — but a lot I don’t. Also, the chronological part of it is a bit off.
A few things I’ll be keeping in mind as I re-work my resume over the next day or two:
- I need a summary of my skills
- No objective
- Take dates off when I graduated college
- Education to the bottom
- Re-write my experience, using bullets instead of paragraphs
- Using action words throughout
She used the term “old fashioned” with my resume. I agree. It’s old-fashioned and a little out of whack. That being said, I haven’t been in the job hunt for a while, so this was a good wakeup call. That being said, there were a few things that were good about it.
- I use normal fonts and keep it simple
- It’s black-and-white and not too splashy
- I have information needed, it just needs to be re-worked
- My experience is a big selling point
Now, I need to put it all together. I’ll work on it for a day or two and then send it back to the counselor for another critique.
The other thing I realized, is having multiple resumes might not be bad. So having one for jobs in the public relations/sports information field, another for teaching gigs, and maybe a third for different jobs could be a good thing. Then I could tailor them as needed for the job for which I am applying.
I will also look to make the design of the resume a little sharper, but I like keeping it simple because it’s easy to read. I just need to make sure my word choice is better than I have it as now.
As for my cover letters, I brought in two recent ones. One was a little wordy, but not too bad. The counselor liked the other one, however. So I think I have a grasp on those. I used action words. I sold myself decently enough and it was short enough and to the point.
I also am going to take advantage of this employment spot. I can go there to search for jobs and such if needed, but the place also offers some good workshops in networking, interviewing, resumes and civil service stuff. I’m going to try and hit a few of them to help me move forward.
Hopefully, by going at it this way, I can make my days of being unemployed be minimal and I can get on with my life, leaving the past behind me. I’m ready to try new and exciting things. I have some jobs I am going to apply for, so I look forward to working on the resume and some cover letters and taking that next step.