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posted 6/9/2009 8:19:30 AM |
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I made a comment in a blog (of course) to answer a question but also gave info on resumes that hopefully will help people looking for a job! Hit send- nut ting!! Obviously, not set up to automatically accept comments! So, here's my comment in my own blog because, it worked for me!
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An ideal resume length is no more than one page in length- with a cover page, we're looking at about 2 pages! That means that some people will automatically have to leave off some of your previous employers- that's a given! This can cause problems too in that, there may be gaps between being employed and not- months in some cases! When asked, I always said that during those months looking for employment, I would explore the idea of self-employment! That was my lie! But, it showed that I wasn't just sitting on my ass, doing nothing- that I was active and using my head for something other than a portal for so much beer, during my unemployment days.

My last position I partially got because I realized that any personnel department is probably looking at 10s if not 100s of resumes each week. I would say that 99%, if not more, show up on their desks in white, 4" x 10" business envelopes! I'm thinking "all that white paper, folded up in 3 folds, has got to be hard on the eyes, all day long!" Has to be a better way!

I came up with the idea of using a 9" x 12" envelope that was a light gray, flecked paper stock with matching standard letter sized (8" x 11") resume stock!

This is the reasoning behind it: first- the resume paper being the same stock as the envelope, shows continuity! The light colored resume stock with black printing on it, is much easier on the eyes! The envelope itself, stands out against all of the boring same sized envelopes! It may be looked at quickly or set aside for a bit but certainly noticed by anyone having to look at resumes all day (first impression- just like meeting someone for the first time- because you are, in a way)! They open your resume and it slides out easily, lays flat and doesn't have to be unfolded to lay flat or be easily held in their hands- saves time! It also shows, you're organized too, among other qualities!

I used clear, press on labels, printed in my printer for the return and send to, addresses! White labels will work but contrasty and the idea was to be different! I know it worked because I got pulled in for an interview, got the job (after 3 fucking interviews over 3 days) and it changed my technical career! She told me that my resume stood out and was a deviance from the usual resumes, she had to look at all day!

So, that's it- long answer but is something to try! I sent out the usual resumes to other companies but for the one employer I really wanted- this is how I did it and it worked! Oh, if you're not sure what type of resume to send for a particular type of job, there are companies on the internet that specialize in writing resumes but there are others, that will allow you to pick the type of resume that is suitable for you in your line of work! There certainly are differences! Some companies will charge you to download an example, some won't! You should be able to import the example into your word processor and re-word it (but following the format) to suit your purposes!

Good luck on your job hunting!

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somnium

Jun 9 @ 8:27AM  
I forgot- it also shows professionalism too!

Wordsofwit

Jun 9 @ 8:59AM  
Until New Year's Eve 2007 I was a veterans employment counselor for the state of Texas for over six years. I won statewide awards three times including being number one and number two for my accomplishments.

An ideal resume length is no more than two pages in length

Excluding IT professionals, the resume should be one page unless you are mid-level manager or higher. You have eight to 15 seconds of the readers attention. Use this window to succinctly summarize what you offer in your opening.

I have a 16 page comprehensive resume guide that I assembled that I will be happy to share with anyone seeking a new job. Just send me an email address and I will forward it to you.

On the job search, the best Web search tool is indeed.com.
http://www.indeed.com
It is awesome. It works like a search engine in that you can enter your zip code and terms. It drills all the way through the job ads. The more terms you enter, the more precise the matches. For example, if you enter "accounting", "QuickBooks", it will only yield the optimal results that match.
Dione

Jun 9 @ 9:00AM  
It's imperative to make yourself stand out from the herd! Your selection of paper stock and label choices created the desired response from your potential employer. If you had used brilliant orange, it would have received attention, but the wrong kind.

I'm curious about your cover letter. When I apply for a position I always tailor the letter to the specific company and position using key words plus a statement that peaks their curiosity. It's worked every time.

A green hockey puck for ya!
Wordsofwit

Jun 9 @ 9:06AM  
Each industry, occupation has its own style of resumes. I have a large cache of them available to share. Below is a generic example. Note that the reader knows what they need very quickly in a factual way.

Rochelle Richards
2001 Abbey Road
Irving, TX 75061
(214) 867-5309
{email address removed}

QUALIFICATIONS

Offering Media Marketerz three years of event management experience combined with 20 years of office management and administrative support to upper level executives including supervision of up to five employees.

SKILLS

Typing-65 WPM, 10-Key by touch-10,000 kph
Quick Books, Excel, Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook, proprietary software

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Assistant to CFO
CTV Cable Services Arlington, TX 2002-2004

• Assisted CFO in day-to-day operations.
• Created an inventory control system to track contractor purchases
• Transformed a 30k annual loss to a profit
• Responsible for travel arrangements, purchasing, accounting

Event Manager
Moving Media Dallas, TX 1995-2002

• Managed 100+ events in support of youth soccer, nationally
• Supervised a staff of five
• Coordinated all aspects of corporate sponsorship.
• Responsible for travel arrangements, database and accounting
• Exceeded sponsorship goals by an average of six percent CAGR

Education

University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX Bachelor of Arts Business

somnium

Jun 9 @ 9:49AM  
WoW- you're right, it shouldn't be 2 pages (resume itself) one page is preferable! That's info I learned at a resume writing service, years ago! How ever, important information may 'spill over' to a 2nd page and it doesn't necessarily have to be two full pages! My resume was 2½ pages, including my cover letter!

Also, if someone is already impressed with your resume because of it being 'different' from the get-go, I think they may tend to 'overlook' a half page, with a little more pertinent information to view! But, that's just a guess on my part! It worked for me and for them, obviously! Everyone is different, in how they handle their job!

Dione- You're also right! My cover letter was definitely tailored to the major corporation (in my field)- to include the position I was applying for and some information indicating, I was knowledgeable about their company, their product's operating characteristics and even their product's model numbers.

flavorbuster

Jun 9 @ 3:12PM  
Bruce has key points that are helpful..
onehornytoad69

Jun 9 @ 3:29PM  
Most Every Co. now... only Takes Resumes via. Email...
And most all of "The Resume Builders" are the same!!! For the Most part!!!

I have Only put in one Application....in person and that was at the Employment Office!!! All the rest... Have to go through email!!!!
StraddleMyNose

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Jun 9 @ 4:56PM  
Great informative blog!
Cootiesprayer

Jun 9 @ 9:44PM  
Thanks som. lots of great info here. :)

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