Sunday, October 05, 2008

A new me

I have an interest in a number of new jobs posted this month. My retread 5 year old resume really needs help.

Do you have any advice, as an employer or job seeker, that I need to know?? My old resume is about 3 pages long and documents every damn thing I can do. I think I need to add a bit of mystery to the process... and brevity.

What do you know? (recommended websites for resume guidance would be really excellent too.)

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Blogger nonlineargirl said...

Make the resume no longer than 2 pages. Target it to the job. If the job is an academic librarian, they care not that you have legal-librarian skills. Make everything action oriented and stress how much YOU did. Even if you were on a team that did something, you don't need to explain that in the resume, just note that you did it.

2:10 p.m.  
Blogger Bon said...

two pages. action verbs. umm...everything non-linear girl said.

good luck!

3:51 p.m.  
Blogger Mad said...

I see nothing wrong with a 3 page resume in an academic environment where it is warranted. At this stage in your career, you should no longer be listing any jobs you had before you became a professional (e.g. student jobs) unless they had significant bearing on your current skills set.

For me, it's not so much about the resume though as it is about the cover letter. An interview is won or lost with an engaging, well-written cover letter.

6:03 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember: your resume is just your pick-up line, NOT a marriage proposal. The resume should titillate. The resume should tease. The resume should not thump the HR director over the head with your entire relationship/job history.

Also keep mentions of Venereal Diseases to a minimum.

9:53 p.m.  

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