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Graduate Work in Progress

Due to some unexpected events at work (layoffs), I am job hunting. I am currently working on a second masters degree, and am wondering if I should list that on my resume, or just the one I have completed. I am not quite half way complete, and am part time. I estimate that finishing it will take me another two years. When would it be appropriate to list it with an expected graduation date? Thanks!
posted by LilithSilver on Oct 15, 2015 - 5 answers

How to reflect on my resume that my job was unexpectedly "agile?"

I've officially had 2 job titles at my workplace of almost 7 years, but much of my day-to-day has been handling special projects and the stuff that no one else knows how to do. I'm having some trouble cramming all my duties underneath those job titles without my resume feeling clunky and bloated. [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum on Oct 13, 2015 - 11 answers

Moving to Charlotte, how do I find a job from NY

I live in the Hudson Valley in NY. After breaking up with my Fiance’ and girlfriend of 8 years, I decided that I needed a change. I am planning on moving down to Charlotte where my brother lives. I am trying to figure out how to find a job in one state while living in another details inside [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Oct 2, 2015 - 8 answers

Job-hunting-filter. Should I list every job I had on my resume?

It´s time to look for a job again. I´m updating my resume, and the job experience section is getting too long for my taste, but at the same time I´m a bit wary of letting some stuff out. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Sep 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Why is the focus in applying to jobs to be the same as everyone else?

We are working on our resumes, cover letters, and interview skills in college. What I can't help but feel frustrated and at times bewildered about is how the emphasis is always on assimilation, or to be like everyone else. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Sep 2, 2015 - 47 answers

Big Fish, Small Pond: Job Title Edition

My job title is scaring off potential employers and I'm not sure what to do about it. Anywhere else the role I hold would be a executive level position that commands twice the salary I make (which is mid-level), but in my company I'm really more the equivalent a junior or senior contributor (plus some extras). How do I position my well-earned "executive" role so that hiring managers stop nixing me for junior-level positions because they think I'm expensive and/or overqualified? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Sep 1, 2015 - 10 answers

Am I doing this resume related thing wrong?

I was in a PhD program for 4 years, but never actually finished the degree. I'm getting job interview requests and even formal offers that clearly assume I actually have a PhD. Am I doing it wrong? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Aug 30, 2015 - 19 answers

Representing a failure on a CV/resume in a good light.

I recently dropped out / failed to complete a 2 year social science Masters program after I was unable to complete my dissertation for a whole variety of reasons I won't go into here. How do I represent this time on my CV in a way that is both honest of what I did and did not achieve, but not off putting to employers or just a big unanswered gap. (I am seeking employment in a field that is not particularly related to the subject of the course)
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory on Aug 30, 2015 - 11 answers

F Yer Attention to Detail: Employees Are Our Most Important Appliances

Why in God's name, in 2015, do recruiting websites still insist that you cut-and-paste the resume you just spent dozens of hours format-tweaking into a web page that changes / strips my hard-won formatting perfection? Why can't I just upload a Word or PDF or even RTF file, the file formats everyone in the rest of the known universe uses? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Aug 3, 2015 - 16 answers

Nuclear Engineering Resume Review

A family member of mine has asked me to help them with their resume, and frankly it's a mess. It's also in a field that I know very little about (engineering). Where can I go to find recent sample resumes and/or best practices for folks in this field so I can help my relative fix their application up? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jul 19, 2015 - 13 answers

Can I list class projects on my resume?

I'm a recent college grad applying to some research positions. For this opportunity, they're asking for someone with qualitative research experience. I've been able to do some research with professors, but the bulk of my experience in using qual methods is under classwork. [more inside]
posted by flying_trapeze on Jul 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Company going under

I'm 99% sure that my company is going under, how do I work my resume in that instance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2015 - 5 answers

How do I list third party contracting positions on a resume?

The global, major well known main company has their laboratory IT work contracted out to a global outsourcing company. The global outsourcing company has hired me to be lead consultant for an upgrade project. So the work I am doing is for the main company. I want to update my resume to include this position, how do I list it on my resume? Also, since I'm one of the only people that has done this upgrade before, I have no job description beyond "Lead Consultant for" the project. I'm the extra resource with relevant experience. So when I list it on my resume I need to write my job duties as a combination of what I've done in the short time I've had the position, what I'm doing, and what I know needs to / will be done. Any advice in regards to that would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by ender6574 on Jun 28, 2015 - 5 answers

When my experience and my credential don't quite match up

I am applying for jobs where they want X years of experience with Y credential. I have the X years of experience and I have the Y credential, but not the 'with' part. How do I finesse this in my cover letters? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jun 24, 2015 - 4 answers

My work is a mystery...

...should I keep it that way? Primarily wondering if / how to add my experiences to my resume and LinkedIn account. Details enshrouded within. [more inside]
posted by ditto75 on Jun 23, 2015 - 8 answers

Applied for job but declined interview, can I reapply?

In January I sent my resume may in for a job I was considering. They got back to me after three weeks, and I had already accepted a job elsewhere. I replied to them thanking them for the interview but said that my circumstances had changed and I was no longer looking for a position. The job isn't working out and I'd like to reach out to this company and ask to be reconsidered. [more inside]
posted by slime on Jun 22, 2015 - 4 answers

Resumes/cover letters for clinical positions

I'm an Speech Language Pathologist looking for a new job (anonymous for that reason). I am looking for advice on crafting a resume/cover letter specifically for a clinical field. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2015 - 4 answers

Pimp my dull-ass cover letter

So, I have the most soporific cover letter in the world. Sure, it's professional, but it's genuinely a bore to read. Are there any MeFites who can share some tips on how to craft a rockstar cover letter? [more inside]
posted by schooley on Apr 21, 2015 - 21 answers

Starting a grad program in the fall. Do I include it in my CV?

I'm updating my CV to submit with a book chapter proposal. I'm entering into a graduate program in the fall (already accepted, paid the deposit, etc.). If I were enrolled in classes at this very moment, I would include this in the education section of my CV with an anticipated date of completion...but right now what I have is an anticipated start date. Do I include it, and if so, what's the appropriate way to represent my situation?
posted by 2or3things on Apr 15, 2015 - 3 answers

Leaving an unethical and unpleasant workplace

How do I balance my need to save a little money right now with an unethical and unpleasant workplace that is really draining my mood and energy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Resume Objective Statement for someone looking to switch careers

This question isn't for myself so much as it is for someone I know very well who is looking for a job that will hopefully be a radical departure from her previous career. For the sake of argument, let's refer to her previous job as a position within what I will call the "bartgage industry" from here on forward. The challenge for her will be to frame her resume in such a way that effectively illustrates her prior experience while also emphasizing her desire never to work in the field of bartgage ever again (so help her God). [more inside]
posted by surazal on Apr 9, 2015 - 10 answers

Consultant Transitioning Out of Gypsy Mode, Please Help!

Being project based is awesome! Volunteering is fun! Traveling is exciting! But it's been 3 years since I've had any kind of stability in my life. I want a home base, and a steady job with a good salary. I just don't know how to get there from here. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by ananci on Apr 8, 2015 - 4 answers

Bedazzle my advocacy resume, lexicon and (potential ) interview skills.

Today a casual social chat on the phone with an acquaintance had her asking me what kind of work I was looking for. I had mentioned that I wanted to do advocacy work as I believed it was something I was very good at and would enjoy doing. She then asked me what kind of advocacy and I said I wasn't really focused on any one type but supporting the voices of marginalised people was something I was passionate about. I was really just chattering on... then she told me she'd like to see my resume. Oops. [more inside]
posted by taff on Mar 31, 2015 - 1 answer

I’m Not Sure What My Job Is

I’m looking at moving on from my current job and when creating my resume I realized that I’m not sure how to describe some of what I do. I'm wondering if some of my job involves tasks in an area that has some sort of professional type name of it’s own. On paper, I'm really not sure how to relate what I do and can do in a way that puts the best of 'me the awesome worker' forward. [more inside]
posted by Jalliah on Mar 30, 2015 - 8 answers

Have you ever hired a resume writer?

I am considering hiring a resume writer. I have 10+ years of experience in a specific industry (industrial manufacturing related) and interested in branching out to different industries. I feel like I should be doing something different than the usual. Has anyone hired a resume writer ever? How was your experience with it? Any tips? My fear would be to get a canned resume that I could do better myself. Are there any personalized services out there that could really help differentiate the resume?
posted by djfreex on Mar 22, 2015 - 8 answers

How to switch fields to web development/coding?

I'm thinking about switching fields into web development in the near to mid future, but have a few questions about skills and code portfolios. I'd also like any general advice you all have on how to do this as someone with basic programming skills, but no specific knowledge of web development. [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Mar 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Been at Job for 10 years, What do I do with Resume?

I have been with the same company/educational institution for 10 years. What should I do with my resume? Is it necessary to put jobs that I had over 10 years ago relevant? [more inside]
posted by Jewel98 on Feb 24, 2015 - 9 answers

LinkedIn-profile input needed

Ok, so I would benefit from some sensible critique on my LinkedIn-profile. I'm new to the US workmarket and updated my profile according to the many (many) good advice that fills up my LinkedIn-feed. But I still feel as if I'm missing something. My upbringing makes it difficult for me to "toot my own horn", as they say. Please point out glaring mistakes, omissions and lost buzzwords! [more inside]
posted by Rabarberofficer on Feb 18, 2015 - 10 answers

Job Applicant May Have Misrepresented Resume?

Former coworker is asking me to help him find a job at current company. Found out that he may have misrepresented his work history - what do I do? [more inside]
posted by pando11 on Feb 16, 2015 - 16 answers

How can I get an entry-level job as a Data Analyst in NYC, ASAP?

How can I get into data analysis with little-to-no data or programming experience? [more inside]
posted by matticulate on Feb 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Please constructively critique my (anonymized) resume

TLDR: The title pretty much says it all; I'm seeking feedback on my resume. It's functional in design. Please suggest improvements. I've posted an anonymized version on Imgur for this question. (Yes, I will be deleting the resume image afterward.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2015 - 13 answers

Lie by omission or be brutally honest?

I want to maximize my chances of getting a job as a copy cataloger at a public library. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2015 - 9 answers

How do I deal with a small gap on my resume?

How do I deal with a small gap on my resume? [more inside]
posted by apostate street preacher on Jan 7, 2015 - 20 answers

Non-boilerplate resume help, on the double!

Yay! Almost a year after taking the NYS Civil Service/Professional exam, I finally got my first canvass letter, from the NYS Insurance Fund, asking me about my interest in being considered for a Personnel Administration traineeship. Going by my previous questions, you might imagine that I'm VERY, VERY interested.. They want a resume before they'll even consider an interview. That's a problem. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Dec 21, 2014 - 8 answers

How does a graphic designer get hired in a bio-tech entry position?

I have a solid graphic design resume. I want a job in a fermentation/life-sciences/food science firm. I recently went back to school and took some math, chemistry, and statistics to start my transition into a food science/fermentation career. I have recently moved and have found a great starting-level position I want to apply for but how in the hell do I write a resume that tells them I am serious and qualified?
posted by Foam Pants on Dec 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Best Career Advice for High Schoolers EVER?

I'm teaching a career explorations class for high schoolers at my therapeutic high school, age ranges 14 to 21. All my students have diagnosed emotional or behavioral disabilities and my course is 12 weeks long. My big question: As an adult, what career advice do you wish you had been given? Advice that would have opened your eyes and given you a great feeling about the world of work? What did the adults in your life not say about work, but you wish they had? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Dec 6, 2014 - 51 answers

A leave of absence from a secondment?

Looking for some advice on indicating a leave of absence from a short term posting on a resume. [more inside]
posted by five_cents on Nov 6, 2014 - 3 answers

I'm 32 and trying to rebound from depression. I need a plan.

I've had chronic depression for 15 years. It stymied my attempts to work and study. As a result I have no resume to speak of and maybe 8-10 university units I could count towards a degree. I've recently started finding my feet but I'm not sure where to begin. I'm sick of being embarrassed about my life and am looking for a direct route to a suitable* job. [more inside]
posted by hTristan on Nov 2, 2014 - 4 answers

How do make peace with my career anxieties so I can update my C.V.?

I am going to defend my Ph.D. in a few months. That means I really need to be applying for jobs. But I haven't touched my C.V. in months--years, probably--because every time I think about it I get overwhelmed by waves of anxiety and despair and impostor syndrome. How do I get past that and update the damn thing so I can start sending it out? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Oct 30, 2014 - 11 answers

How to apply for my DREAM job, without sounding too much like a fanboy.

I am about to send off my application for a job posting for what is my DREAM position. It is a 3-month paid internship with a major medical humanitarian aid organization. This is an office-based administrative position in a major Canadian city, and seems to have a lot of overlap in tasks with some of their other permanent positions, as well as their field-based positions. In terms of skills, experience, and interests, I feel as though I am a strong candidate for the position. [more inside]
posted by hasna on Oct 29, 2014 - 16 answers

Can you recommend a career counsellor in Toronto?

Does anyone have a good career counsellor in Toronto that can look over my resumé and come up with a good job hunting strategy? [more inside]
posted by jmmpangaea on Oct 28, 2014 - 3 answers

Looking for advice to break into my career.

I am really hoping for some advice to help get me my first entry level job in a lab. Preferably relating to my forensic science/chemistry degree. [more inside]
posted by Blue Minutiae on Oct 27, 2014 - 11 answers

How to make my tiny resume shine

I'm applying for a position that's similar to one I held six years ago. There are two problems I have making a resume for the job. The first is that while I've had a similar position for two years, it's my only experience in the field. The second is that all my other recent work experience is in retail (as I left my full time job to become a stay at home parent). How can I best handle this on the resume and cover letter?
posted by drezdn on Oct 25, 2014 - 6 answers

Marketable Skills - quickly!

I'm a woman in my early 40s with no real marketable skills that make me stand out in job hunting. I currently have a job in Montreal, but I'm originally from Toronto and for various reasons, I'm planning on moving back. I'd like to learn some skill(s) in the next 6 months or so (planning on moving July 1) that will hopefully make a significant increase in the likelihood that I can find a job quickly once there. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Should I do this job interview?

Should I do this job interview, even though it could actually hurt my chances of getting the job I want? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Oct 19, 2014 - 6 answers

Company in turmoil; how to talk myself down off the panic ledge?

My company is undergoing the first steps into being sold. How do I stop panicking long enough to figure out my next steps? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Oct 15, 2014 - 7 answers

How to look for a job efficiently in the internet age?

The last time I went job searching was through answering ads on Monster. Everything was fairly straightforward. I would send my resume, go on an interview, get an offer or not. Now the advice is to network, use LinkedIn, find a recruiter, and figure out how to optimize keywords to defeat bot filtering while registering online. I’ve tried this without any success. Is there a better way to beat the system? Someone break this down for me. What actually works? [more inside]
posted by adapt on Oct 6, 2014 - 15 answers

How do I feature press coverage on my resume/cover letter?

I'm currently on the job hunt. My personal projects (which are directly related to my career) have been consistently getting attention from press and blogs. What's the best way to show this to prospective employers when applying for jobs? [more inside]
posted by hellojed on Sep 23, 2014 - 3 answers

I need a better title than "Jack of all trades"!

I was laid off last week, and after taking a few days to sleep in and dominate my boyfriend at Minecraft, I'm jumping into the job hunt. I feel like I've done a pretty good job on most of my resume, but writing out my position at my most recent job has me a bit lost. It's my only work experience in Quebec, and was the longest I've ever worked anywhere, so it's important I get it right. [more inside]
posted by hasna on Sep 22, 2014 - 5 answers

I really do know how to spell, I promise.

What should I do about typos on my resume? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2014 - 11 answers

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