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November 30, 2012 5:24 AM Subscribe
Resume 101, now with Extra Snowflakes! Spotty work-history, useless degrees, and no idea whatsoever how to actually *write* one of the things.
posted by Because to Work & Money (8 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a 33-year-old college graduate with a terrible work history consisting mainly of food service jobs and large interruptions. I left my last job, a low-level admin assistant thing at a university, at the end of 2007, when I moved to a new city for my husband's new job. He has a career, you see, and makes actual money. I had depressive breakdowns and poked halfheartedly at creative endeavors for a while, and did not get a job because we just kept moving. The most recent move was international, but we're going back at the end of this year. And I am done with it, and we are staying put for a while, and I want a damned job.
Thing is, I do not want a depressing customer service job. I am not cut out for customer service, and it's time for something better. But since that's all I've ever really had, I have never learned how to write a resume rather than just filling out an application. And the internet has way too much information for me to have any idea how to cut through it all to what is actually useful.
In the past three years I have amassed some decent volunteer experience which I think I can spin so it looks like it applies to a larger niche than it really does. In the little world in which I have been working, I have some good references. Unfortunately, it's a little world which runs almost entirely on volunteers, so it doesn't translate directly into jobs. But it's what I have, and all I have which points toward the sort of thing I would like to do at this point. However, I have no idea how to maximize the volunteer experience and minimize the regrettable early-twenties jobs (I am trying not to describe them with swear words, but it's difficult). And my educational history, while pretty good, is also both totally unrelated and a decade past. I can use it for I Are Smart, but not much more.
So... oh god, how do I DO this? I have found a couple of jobs to apply to, and am looking for more. But I have not found any online resources which are germane to my resume situation. I'm in England right now and will be working in Seattle, in case that makes a difference.
Can anyone help me out? Online resources would probably be the easiest thing, but I am genuinely incapable of sorting the good from the bad. I am looking for vast generalities as well as specific tips. This thing needs to be *good* to make me marketable, for decent jobs, with my history, In This Economy (TM). I have a couple of friends who have volunteered to read over it and give feedback when I am done, but I have to have something other than a blank page for their kind offer to work.
Thank you in advance...