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Manager, rebrand thyself.

I've been unemployed for about six months now and I'm looking to get back into the workforce with any position that pays a wage that I and my wife can afford to live from. [more inside]
posted by quin on Aug 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Now That's What I Call a Cover Letter Vol I

How does a job-seeking cover letter stand out in this day and age? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Aug 8, 2014 - 10 answers

The eternal curse of the career changer

Hiring managers of MeFi: say you're looking at the resume or cover letter of a candidate who is a mid-life (or later) career changer. They are attempting to come into your field with much professional experience in a totally unrelated career, but little-to-no professional, paying experience in your field. Are there things about them that would make you run screaming? Things that would make you go "hmmmm...maybe..."? [more inside]
posted by Sockrates on Jul 30, 2014 - 12 answers

I was sick for a long time. I am well now. Help me find awesome work.

I am kind, youthful, energetic, bright, and capable and my resume is bare due to prolonged illness. I am working retail and I am bored, underpaid, and frustrated. Help me find my way. [more inside]
posted by Pablito on Jul 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Job Search Woes: Online Application Edition

I am just a couple weeks from receiving my bachelor's degree, and thanks to my college career counselor I feel like I now know what I'm doing when it comes to resumes, cover letters, and the interview process. I'm applying for an administrative/HR position, and the company's online application has be concerned that I don't look like as good a candidate. Should I mail the resume/cover letter in, or deliver it personally, and ignore the online app? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Jul 23, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I craft my resume and job search to find a job I will love?

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... [more inside]
posted by cristinacristinacristina on Jul 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me find two subjects I can write on for a job application.

I am submitting an application for a graphic design position and they are asking for design portfolios and two pieces of writing. I have no writing to give them. What the hell do I write about? I don't want to put a ton of time into researching topics so I can write about them but, seriously, I got nothing. I am a good writer with no outlet. Help!
posted by Foam Pants on Jun 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Laid off after two months on the job. How to explain at interviews?

50 Year Old Male, IT Busines Dev/Vendor Mgr role. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Data center design mechanical engineer resume questions

I want to work with a tech company working on the design of data centers! I am very interested in the heat transfer, efficiency, environmental impacts and general mechanical design that goes into data centers. I have a few connections to a couple of the big tech companies here in Seattle and don't want to waste my opportunity. How should I shape my resume and what skills should I highlight? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on May 29, 2014 - 4 answers

A full resume or one with gaps?

Resume question time. I am working on a full CV, with more or less everything, but want to know just how full it should really be... [more inside]
posted by zardoz on May 29, 2014 - 5 answers

(Finally) graduated!

Entered school in 2006 and had to leave school a bit before finishing my degree (was supposed to graduate in 2010). I'm finally done with my coursework and can start looking for better jobs, but how should I address this gap on my resume--particularly in regards to formatting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2014 - 10 answers

Objective: Obtain A Position Doing Something Not Spreadsheet Related

What should my writing/creative resume look like? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on May 15, 2014 - 2 answers

Increased resume effectiveness by 30%!

I would like to add concrete numbers to my resume but I'm at a loss for how to go about asking for things like user retention rates, revenue, hours saved by the tool I helped build, etc. How can I ask for this information in a business appropriate way? [more inside]
posted by lalunamel on May 4, 2014 - 6 answers

The best I can come up with is "Random Crap Coordinator"

I need a job title! I've been working for a company for a little over 14 months and need a name for what I do. We are not so organized that anyone's given me a title and even if the correct answer is "Make your boss give you an official job title", I'd like an idea of what to aim for. [more inside]
posted by artychoke on May 2, 2014 - 15 answers

What should go on a recent college graduate's resume?

I am helping someone put together a post college graduation resume and we are unsure how much high school and college work experience to include. How can we show that this person is hard-working and dependable without it just looking like a list of retail and food service jobs? [more inside]
posted by tamitang on Apr 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Customizing a freelance designer's resume for a full-time job

Graphic designers who work exclusively as freelancers might or might not reach a point where they want to get full-time jobs, perhaps because it gives them a chance to save up more, or maybe because it offers them a stable paycheck when freelance work is sporadic. Question is, when freelance graphic designers apply for a design job in a creative agency, how do they write a compelling resume? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Apr 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Job hunting after small business ownership

I recently moved to a new city and am job hunting. I think I'm coming up against something in my resume and in interviews that could be handled better, but I'm not sure how. [more inside]
posted by mireille on Apr 7, 2014 - 9 answers

What questions should I ask an insider?

I am beginning the application process for a much-desired position. One of my good friends works in a similar position for the same company on the other coast. I will definitely have her ear during the application and interview process, and I want to make the most of being able to pump her for information. However, I don't even know where to begin. What questions should I ask her that will give me usable insight into the company, that I can turn around and use to strengthen my resume (and hopefully land and ace an interview)?
posted by tippy on Mar 20, 2014 - 8 answers

resumation blues

Is there any way I can streamline the technical aspects of customizing my resume's content in MS Word? (Check under the fold for a description of what I'm envisioning.) [more inside]
posted by threeants on Mar 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Encountering slightly odd resume requirement, please help!

I'm currently applying for a job that specifically requires applicants to include salary history and requirements within their resume. While I'm more-or-less fine with disclosing this information, I haven't seen any company make this specification before, and I don't see a lot of consistent advice on how to best go about including this info. Does anyone here have experience with something like this, and can you recommend best practices and recommended formatting?
posted by Dante Riordan on Mar 11, 2014 - 16 answers

Resume/Job Search Question #1001

In May, I will be graduating with a master's degree in applied anthropology. I'll be meeting a potential employer this week (possibly tomorrow) at a 3-day long design/innovation bootcamp. How and when do I broach the subject of employment and ask to send him my resume? Bonus job search questions abound! [more inside]
posted by a.steele on Mar 4, 2014 - 4 answers

How do I show contract work on my resume?

I need to quickly update my resume, and I'm not sure how to list some of my recent work history (along with the next phase once it starts). Who was I working for? How do I list that? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by pmurray63 on Feb 24, 2014 - 7 answers

That's Not Harvard College; That's Night School. Say It.

Interviewing candidates for teaching position in the Boston area and we have a question: We've had several people note on their resumes that they attended Harvard. During interviews, some disclosed more specifically that they had taken a few courses at Harvard Extension but they were not accepted degree-seeking students at either the Extension School or Harvard College. The search committee isn't overly fussed about this but it got us to wondering: is it strictly ethical for a person who wasn't accepted to Harvard and wasn't enrolled in either a Harvard College or Extension School degree program state on their resume under education, "Harvard?" [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Feb 21, 2014 - 99 answers

Is it always a good idea to answer job interview questions by the book?

Okay, so you print out your resume, business card, and your portfolio. You try to look impeccable for the interview. You try to get into the right mood and you even practice some tongue twisters to avoid stuttering. But what about the interview itself? How do you approach age-old questions without sounding rehearsed? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Feb 6, 2014 - 14 answers

Looking to move home | Chicago to SF

I'm looking to move back to the bay area after about 7 years away. What's the best way to go about this and find a job? [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Feb 5, 2014 - 6 answers

ResumeFilter: Should I show life long interest with a high school job?

I'm applying for a new tech support/programming job, and I'm unsure which of two older positions to put on my resume. There can only be one. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2014 - 7 answers

What is proficiency in Excel and Word?

What do you need to know to be "proficient" in Excel and Word? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Jan 19, 2014 - 14 answers

Looking to pay (a nominal amt) for a reputable, quality resume service

Willing to pay (a non-exorbitant) fee for resume help. I have a (mostly positive) but really weird background. Some details inside, but more looking for any companies/services people have used that they were very happy with. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2014 - 4 answers

My friend plagiarized my resume. That's bad, right?

A friend copied from my resume/LinkedIn profile and is using chunks of it, verbatim, on her resume. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling on Jan 9, 2014 - 25 answers

My friend doesn't want to be an admin assistant anymore

One of my good friends has been an administrative assistant for the past few years and is getting depressed and burnt out. What types of jobs can he get with his skills? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Dec 21, 2013 - 14 answers

Resume/CV writing services in London?

Recommendations for a reasonably-priced service in London (which is where I currently am) that can help clean up my CV with an eye toward English teaching work? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco on Dec 17, 2013 - 0 answers

Sure, I accomplished....something. Workfilter edition.

I took a job two years ago thinking it was a great opportunity, and instead, it's turned out to be terrible. Lots of nice people and good intentions, but little infrastructure, tight budgets, and an executive director whose poor leadership skills are equaled only by her desire to micromanage. Long story short, I have about 8 weeks to meet some (unreasonable) departmental goals or I'm likely to get fired. Help me turn two years of helping my department tread water in spite of huge organizational obstacles into accomplishments for my resume, please? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Looking for new job but uncertain about career direction...

I'm a GIS office worker for a city government in the midwest. After a few years in my full time position I think its time for me to go, and move closer to my family, but I'm having trouble figuring out what exactly I should be looking for. Suggestions much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by ajax287 on Nov 12, 2013 - 5 answers

How do you keep track of variations of your resume?

Here's a question that seems like it should be pretty basic, and yet I'm struggling! I'm applying to summer internships in many different fields (journalism, consulting, PR, etc) and am trying diligently to tailor my resume and cover letters to each individual place. But for resumes, it's frustrating to try to keep track of what belongs in each specific version. Do you have any strategies for keeping things organized? I'm thinking of making a template with allll of my experience and verbose descriptions, then trimming it down as needed every time. Any feedback on this idea, or other strategies?
posted by estlin on Nov 4, 2013 - 16 answers

Looking for a Good Job

I'm a 30 year old living in the Cleveland area looking to get out of a dead end job, and would appreciate some good resources or advice on how to find something new. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Oct 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Any worthwhile CV/Resume services online?

I'd like to send my CV/Resume out to a service but I don't know of any good ones. Do you know of any and is it even worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by satine on Oct 20, 2013 - 6 answers

send a resume now or later?

I've been looking for an casting internship in NY. Most of the places I've called up have said that they're currently fully staffed but I'm more than welcome to email them my resume. When I've asked if they have a sense for when they might be looking again they've usually responded that they don't know. Would it make more sense for me to send my resume and cover letter to them now so they have it on file or wait a couple of months and call again to see if they have a vacancy later? [more inside]
posted by timsneezed on Oct 15, 2013 - 4 answers

I'm about to get my degree, now I need a job

I'm about to graduate this December with a BS in Computer Engineering from a smallish (~15,000 students) state school. I'm looking for work, and I want to make sure I'm pursing all the avenues I can. What should I be doing to look for work? [more inside]
posted by jcreigh on Oct 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Should I note honors earned by an org I am a member of on my resume?

(How) should I note honors/awards earned by my organization on my resume? I contributed to the projects that resulted in the honors, but everything was very much a team effort. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Moving from academia to consulting

I recently left a tenure-track position(!) for geographic reasons (spouse's job). At this point I am not wedded to staying in the faculty track, and have been applying for admin positions as well as faculty ones. However, I recently saw an ad for an analyst job in a higher ed consulting firm in a topic area where I have experience and interest, and I am very seriously considering applying. I have some questions about how to format my resume and cover letter . [more inside]
posted by pamplemousse of love on Sep 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Career Crisis- How to get hired after only 2 months at current job?

Hello, Metafilter! Long time lurker (10 years), first time poster. To sum it up- after a failed stint as an AmeriCorps VISTA (6 months) following graduation from the University of South Carolina with a degree in International Studies and a minor in Economics- I have spent a year unemployed, a year as a bank teller, another year unemployed, and over a year as a server and a tax season as a tax pro at H&R block. I went back to school during the time as a server to get enough credits to sit for the CPA (one computer apps class away from obtaining accounting certificate at a local community college). Moved back to SC and spent from 07/12-06/13 as an Assistant Service Manager at a car dealership (hated it because A, I have asthma and missed a ton of work due to complications from working outside, B, I knew nothing about cars, and C, I am not a fan of Customer Service/commission pay). [more inside]
posted by nicolemariecherie on Sep 22, 2013 - 4 answers

My PhD lab is still paying me post-graduation-Should my CV say postdoc?

I graduated with a biochem PhD a month or so ago. As is common practice at my institution - my thesis advisor offered me a few months of additional funding to finish up some papers while I hunt for industry jobs. Formally, I now have a post-doc appointment and salary, but I'm not actually taking on any new projects or doing any new science, nor do I have funding to stay her for more than another month or two. How should this look on my resume? I'm only applying to industry positions, not to academic positions or proper post-docs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Best CV/resume resources

Writing a resume is tricky business. Make one mistake and it gets thrown into the dustbin. Are there any (free) resources and tips for how to write and design a well-written, eye-catching resume (particularly for (a) school administration and (b) design jobs)? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Aug 14, 2013 - 21 answers

How to improve my resume?

What should I do to my resume to improve it and highlight the PA/good with people/usually calm in tense situations parts for PA/office work type jobs? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Aug 12, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I make my work experience relevant for a job in academia?

I am in need of some help... I've just completed an M.A. in Anthropology, I'm trying to pull together a CV for a job teaching as an adjunct professor or community college professor. I don't have professional teaching experience, even though I've got loads of experience teaching to my peers in graduate seminars. (I'm also not sure how to convey that, other than in a cover letter.) I've got some of my written work (Academia.edu), and one of my presentations on YouTube. I'm in the process of revising some other papers to put on Academia.edu... Hoping, I suppose, that displaying my work will make me a better candidate. Now, here's the question: How can I make my existing (non-teaching!) work experience relevant to applying for academic jobs? [more inside]
posted by ScarletLark on Aug 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Tell me why do you want to leave your job after only a month?

On paper it looks like I want to leave my job one month after I started. Due to the relationship between the last two companies I have worked for I've essentially worked for the same company for ten years. How best to explain that on a resume and in an interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 30, 2013 - 10 answers

How to extricate myself from an online correspondence...

Sorry this is so long. Last time, I came to y'all with a problem with online strangers wanting to barge into my life and take up all my time. You gave me some WONDERFUL advice on how to handle this, including giving me your express permission to resort to a completely made-up personal assistant. So I acquired Serge and am much happier. But... [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Jul 30, 2013 - 19 answers

6 Month Old Promotion Never Finalized Before Layoffs

I accepted a new position at my company with the caveat that it would take a significant amount of time to have the new position, and significant promotion, finalized by HR. It is in the same department as my previous position, but with a new direct boss (I work for a VP now, rather than a manager). I’ve excelled, despite the significantly higher amount of work, responsibility, and visibility to the higher-ups in the rest of the company. However, company wide layoffs (~90% of my building) were announced to occur at the end of the summer, and now I’m at a loss how to depict this on my resume. [more inside]
posted by Annon E Moose on Jul 30, 2013 - 11 answers

Sure, I know the operating systems...which means what, exactly?

I'm currently filling out a profile on elance.com for web development jobs and am being asked to indicate which skills I possess. Some of the choices include MacOSX and Windows. I've also seen people list these on resumes(used to work in HR) in the same section where they list proficiency in MS Word, or even in a separate section for operating systems, for pretty much every kind of job, not just tech-related. [more inside]
posted by fromageball on Jul 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Best way to recruit web developers?

My employer is asking me to look into recruiting strategies for LAMP/PHP developers. We've been having bad luck finding appropriate candidates and actually getting them in for interviews (posting jobs on CareerBuilder & CL). I'm not really an HR person (nor am I a tech person), so I've never done this before. He's interested in possibly buying resume access on Monster, CareerBuilder, or Dice -- is one better than the others for this type of thing? Any suggestions for other strategies to use? [more inside]
posted by emumimic on Jul 22, 2013 - 19 answers

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