How do I craft my resume and job search to find a job I will love?
July 2, 2014 12:58 PM Subscribe
I had been developing what I thought was a good career, but now I've hit a bump in the road and I'm experiencing frustration in finding a employer I want to stick with. I don't like the last few places I worked at and I'm not proud of the work I did while there. Please help me decide how to craft my resume and job search! More (wall of text) inside...
posted by cristinacristinacristina to Work & Money (7 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
My current resume is in reverse chronological order, with the most recent job being near the top. Putting in the last two jobs I had would make it very obvious that I look like a job hopper. This however is NOT who I want to be - in the past I held a job (let's call this Job A) for several years, was last to be laid off and first hired back during the recession and held that job for another three years before I decided it was time to move to another company to grow professionally. I left Job A amicably with plenty of notice but I have no desire to return there.
This was all fine and dandy and I found work at Job B with the promise of learning about project management. Something new! I was excited. Unfortunately, after six months at Job B I felt like I was learning even less than I had at Job A as they had problems micromanaging their employees. I was suffocating and went back on the job hunt. I found Job C which seemed good enough on paper but when I started I discovered it was the opposite - the boss was never around and the project was a complete disaster. (In the interview I did ask what project I would be working on, but he was not clear I'd be working on this one or the horrible state this one was in - in hindsight I don't even think he realizes the extent to which it's a mess, despite what I tried to tell him.) While there was no time allotted for any sort of learning curve or project familiarization, I did what I could to clean things up and get things done - I did pretty well in this department but the few times the boss came around he was never fully pleased. So after three months of stress and frustration at Job C, I was let go.
So now I'm at home, unemployed. I made space on my resume for Job B, and was able to drum up a few mediocre bullet points about the type of work I did there but it is lack luster compared to what I have listed with Job A. It makes me cringe to think about putting Job C on there, which according to the chronological order of my resume it should go at the top. Should I just leave Job C off completely? What about Job B, does that stay on? If I took off both Job B (6 month stint) and C (3 month stint) there would be an 9 month gap from Job A until now. Should I completely rearrange my resume, so that way dates aren't as important? Is there a way to shuffle Job B further down the resume? How would that work?
On another note that I could also use advice on - Jobs B and C have really taken a hit on my self confidence. The take away I've gotten from both jobs is that I need to improve on the communication front. I either need to behave completely, do as I'm told and never speak up when I disagree, or become a full on head strong opinionated employee that speaks her mind all the time - something that could bring more trouble than it is worth. I've tried to walk the line between the two with mixed results. (As a woman in male dominated workplaces I'm finding some difficulty breaking through and holding my ground.)
One last thing I'm possibly considering is moving back home to Denver - I've been in NYC for over eight years, and while I love it here (outside of work), there's so much to do and I've developed a wonderful community of friends from many different walks of life... this may be a good time to relocate to be closer to my parents. They're getting older and there many not be that many good years left - it might be time. Maybe employers will be different there? I do notice that the job market is not as saturated for my industry. I am not certain about that idea though, as I feel like I may still have another couple years of NYC left in me. I don't know. I do feel a bit beat down and I think I just need to rustle up some confidence again. As much as I'd like to take some time and recoup, I don't have the financial reserves to make that happen. I'm trying to focus on my better qualities - I am very capable and intelligent person, despite what has happened at these last two jobs. The next job I take needs to be a GOOD one, one that will last and that I actually care about. I often feel rushed through interviews, and while I try to craft questions that will help indicate what the workplace to come will be like, I seem to never really get a good feel for how things will be until I start. I've heard about elaborate interview processes that people go through for other types of jobs, but my industry doesn't seem to hold that as a standard, especially the smaller companies that lack HR departments. What questions do I need to be asking to assure this next one will be a good fit?
Any feedback, encouragement, ideas would be really great. Thanks in advance!