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March 8th, 2010

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09:33 pm - I hate the current job market
So, for some people articles like this one may be helpful. For people who are looking for work in a specific industry, who have money to get someone to do up a resume for them, who has skill in document/text design themselves, or who have nothing else to do with their time, this may be helpful.

It just makes me want to drink hemlock.

The 29-year-old isn't up with resume fashion, and that's why no one wants me to work for them?

Well, shit. I might as well just take that time and write some screenplays, if that's true.
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Date:March 9th, 2010 09:15 am (UTC)
Yeesh, that's mental!

Don't drink hemlock. I love you! And you should write screenplays. :P

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Date:March 9th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Too bad I feel like I'm wasting my life when I'm writing, since it doesn't produce any "results" either. :(

This may be the point, that I am not measured by the results I produce, but tell that to the entire world around me. I wish I had someone who could tell me, honestly, that I'm doing it right, that there's no reason to worry that I don't have work and can't get writing jobs.

(On the other hand, perhaps that is what the TV Track will be for. Meeting with them tonight!)
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Date:March 9th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
I don't know, my resume has included about half of those since I first made it *coughcough* years ago, especially 7 and 8. I wouldn't be too worried about the trendy parts (Twitter? Color?) but the rest of it sounds like pretty solid advice.
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Date:March 9th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
Half of those?

I think you're fibbing. *eyes you*

I could see a few of them, maybe--like bullet points, etc. And I do have 3 different resumes, one for film jobs, one for writing (which is a non-linear skills-focused resume including non-paid work), and a simple one for accounting jobs, which is a typical chronological resume showing how much accounting experience I have.

But--testimonials? "Accomplishments"? (plus the even sillier stuff like adding your blog/twitter/linked-in account) I don't have those! Clerking is not a job where those exist. Neither is writing, yet. Even Linked In is designed for someone in a specific industry, which I am not.
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Date:March 9th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
Well, let me see...

1. Yep; my objective is specific to the job, but phrased in terms of my broader goals

2. No, but I am also not following the standard format off the cliff; I have adjusted the lengths of sections to fit what I had to put in them (lots of activities listed right after college, lots of previous positions now)

3. Y/N: Our senior project had a website I could direct employers to right after college; I don't have one now (for my field)

4. No, I am not giving potential employers my personal web profiles. My email address is certainly listed, and if I was going for a job in an area where LinkedIn thrives, I'd probably get me one

5. Yes: I have cited my volunteer work at the radio and camp counseling experience, and my years on the family farm (which paid, but not minimum)

6. No, I don't use colored ink on my resume. The paper is ivory, though

7. Yes, very yes. I describe previous jobs by what I did there, active verbs followed by results. Even--especially!--good for jobs like internships and data entry

8. Yes, I use bullet points under each prior job experience

9. No, I have recommendations the old-fashioned way

10. Yes, definitely; I've tailored all my resumes to the specific job I sought

So that's five I'm doing and one I've done... ;) Want me to email it to you for an example?
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Date:March 10th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Wow, you were really not kidding.

No, that's okay; I've done a lot of research on such things over the past 2 years, which is why articles like the one I linked annoy me so much. (And the fact that no one wants printed resumes unless you're already getting an interview, which is weird to me.)

But can you explain #7 a bit? I mean, obviously I don't just have my "job description" copied, I use active verbs and tell what all I did in the various positions. The bit I have trouble with is "accomplishments." I get the basic idea, but unless I've worked in the field I'm applying for, and at a level higher than clerk (which has never been the case, not yet), I have no idea what those "results" would be or how to categorize or define them (with any accuracy).
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Date:March 11th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah...as soon as I posted that I was like, "She's probably seen more sample resumes than she wanted already." :P

The idea is to describe your job in terms of the way that you, being there, doing what you did, made your company run better. So for a facetious (but not VERY facetious) example:

-Facilitated employee performance and alertness by consistently and accurately brewing coffee.

That way, it reads as 1) what the employer got out of it, 2) how you performed, and 3) your specific task.

Mine has/had things like:

-Developed new potential customers by identifying and contacting appropriate markets.

(When I was an intern and they had nothing better for me to do than look through the Thomas Register and cold-call people.)

-Improved efficiency by developing accurate, easy-to-use programs for specific engineering tasks.

(When I took our sixty-year-old graphs of data and made Excel programs out of them.)

Our guidance counselor in college put us on to this method and I think it's kind of brilliant. It really highlights things like your attitude and effectiveness.
Date:March 9th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
I call BS on the article itself. Who is dsweidan and why is he writing for a website I've never heard of?

I do hiring. I would pass on a resume formatted according to his suggestions. It's a trendoid piece trying to drive web traffic.
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Date:March 9th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
IMNSHO, coloured ink on a resume looks unprofessional.
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Date:March 10th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I rather think so, too. Fine on a business card, but a resume?

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