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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

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

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

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

Advice for how to market myself as a design/media/communications ninja

I've got a very eclectic resume: 5-7 years of experience in several different fields at once, because I have had multiple simultaneous jobs. Now I'm looking for a new gig, and I think I have a lot to offer, but I'm not sure how to market the breadth of my skills. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jun 1, 2013 - 4 answers

how to list medium crappy temp jobs on a resume?

For about a year now I've been bouncing between secretary type jobs through temp agencies, and need to figure out how to list this on my resume. Two of the temp jobs are relevant to the type of work I hope to get, but can't be listed by name due to confidentiality issues. How do I present this industry specific and consumer facing work especially since my long term job before this was in a different field? I'd just leave it as a gap, except the work is relevant and there are other aspects of the gap (major surgery and more!) that make it longer than I'm comfortable with. [more inside]
posted by tulip-socks on May 29, 2013 - 8 answers

Should I list my freelance programming work on my resume?

I'm applying for jobs as a programmer and I'm wondering whether to list the freelance programming work I've done. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2013 - 9 answers

What Kind of Resume for a Job Fair?

After working for myself for several years (while taking care of a parent) I'm about to enter the job market again. I'm going to a very large job fair next week, and I'm suppose to bring a resume. I'm not sure how that works. Help? [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil on Mar 8, 2013 - 3 answers

explain finding and getting a job like Im a 5 year old

What are the must-have books on getting a job in addition to What Color is Your Parachute? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Papagiorgio on Mar 4, 2013 - 15 answers

I'd like advice on where to post my resume, SF legal tech.

I'm in the Bay Area legal tech field. I'd like a job in SF proper, as my commute to Mountain View is brutal. My skills are legal tech, meaning mostly managing projects and programs related to the legal field in the tech industry. However, I feel that I have management chops for any industry, and I've worked in the start-up atmosphere before. Where should I post my resume? My LinkedIn is beefy, I've posted on Monster and Indeed. Any other ideas?
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2013 - 2 answers

How should a partial PhD be presented on resume when looking for a job?

I’m looking for opinions on how to best represent coursework and research taken toward a PhD on my resume. [more inside]
posted by Lord Force Crater on Jan 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Temp Agencies in NYC: Bring resume in or email it?

Temp Agencies in NYC: Bring resume in or email it? [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Dec 10, 2012 - 7 answers

Remedial Resume Resources.

Resume 101, now with Extra Snowflakes! Spotty work-history, useless degrees, and no idea whatsoever how to actually *write* one of the things. [more inside]
posted by Because on Nov 30, 2012 - 8 answers

I'm not a fluffer, thanks for asking.

Help me, a 30 year old TV production assistant, make a career switch. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on Sep 26, 2012 - 21 answers

calling all HR/recruiters...resume update?

I've recently (yesterday) been promoted to a new position at work. I have been actively applying for jobs for some time now. As I continue my search, should I alter and update my resume to reflect the new impressive job title? Or will the recentness of the promotion look odd to recruiters and HR? [more inside]
posted by ps_im_awesome on Aug 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Don't call me, I won't call you

How should my brother indicate that he is deaf (and therefore cannot accept phone calls) on his resume without outright stating "no phone calls please"? [more inside]
posted by sredefer on May 15, 2012 - 19 answers

How to properly organize work history?

Need assistance with resume chronological order of work history. [more inside]
posted by delasoull on May 1, 2012 - 7 answers

My resume needs work

Does anyone have experience with a Toronto-based company or individual that specializes in improving resumes? [more inside]
posted by sindark on Apr 24, 2012 - 2 answers

Career anxiety and finding a decent job

How do I get a new job? What kind of jobs do I even qualify for? How do I get over the fact that I didn't graduate from college and present a more confident self to potential employers? [more inside]
posted by krakenattack on Feb 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me land my dream job!

HRfilter: How do I apply for a supervisor position in my field without any supervisory experience? I fulfill and exceed all other requirements, and I just need to convince HR that I'm very ready to lead. Please help! [more inside]
posted by sundaydriver on Feb 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Is it ok to write my role rather than exact title on my resume?

Is it ok to write my role rather than exact title on my resume? A company has unique titles like for project managers they call them team leads. I rather use titles that are better understood and more common and searchable. Would this be considered misrepresenting facts or lying??? [more inside]
posted by r2d2 on Sep 21, 2011 - 13 answers

What can I say if asked about gaps in my resume?

I have some significant (like a year) gaps in my (not that spectacular to begin with) resume. What do I say about this in an interview, if asked? [more inside]
posted by clever anonymous username on Aug 9, 2011 - 16 answers

I know government employees are lazy but this might be pushing it...

Is it too soon to start looking for another job? Difficulty level: trying to go from government to the private sector after five months... [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Jun 27, 2011 - 12 answers

"Well, he can't make a resume..."

Are skill based CVs used for entry level job applications in the US? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink on Jun 12, 2011 - 13 answers

Love vs. career - how hard will it be to maintain both?

I'm going to be moving around with my S.O. for a few years. Will having a few ~2 year jobs on my resume look bad? [more inside]
posted by ergo on Jun 12, 2011 - 7 answers

I just want to work!

3.5 years out of college and I'm still looking for permanent work. I've sent out a ton of resumes, and have had a few interviews, but can't seem to get anything to stick. What am I doing wrong? What can I do better? How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by monkeyagent on Jun 8, 2011 - 47 answers

How to mention that you're unemployed without sounding desperate on your blog

I'm trying to fill out my bio section which anyone who clicks my name on the blog, and I'm wondering if there is a casual and witty, but sincere way of writing it to let people know that I'm available for unemployment (or should I mention it at all)? [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 on May 18, 2011 - 12 answers

I really want this job...

A friend of mine put me in touch through email with someone who works at a company I'd like to work for. She told me to send her my resume and she'd bring it in for me (awesome!). I haven't got a response to an email asking her if she had brought it in. Should I send it (again?) through more official channels? [more inside]
posted by pised on Apr 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Resume Ideas

Where can I find great examples of resumes / cv's? I will be pursuing a new job in the next 6 months and would like to polish up my resume now. I think my resume is pretty good, but I would like to look at some different approaches to brainstorm how I may tighten it up. I am a I.T. project manager if that helps. My Google-Fu is turning up sites with resumes templates that are, ummmm, a lot worse than my existing resume. Any general tips would be much appreciated as well, but I am more interested in format, structure, and wording. Help me find example resumes that jump off a recruiter's desk!
posted by jasondigitized on Apr 4, 2011 - 5 answers

Why yes, I will totally resort to flattery if that's what you would like, Mr. McAwesomesauce!

Interviewers/HR people: what's the best cover letter you've ever read, the one that made you want to hire that person on the spot? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Mar 21, 2011 - 26 answers

Making a resume for a part time job... (preferably a valet parker)

What is a good way of finding out how to make a resume? For my past part time jobs, I have never handed in a resume. [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX on Dec 19, 2010 - 6 answers

How does a 23 year-old 1L get a paying summer job?

How can a law school 1L fresh out of college get a paying legal job if he has very little legal experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2010 - 16 answers

What do I do?

This is yet another question regarding job titles. With the huge cuts last year and the lack of a state budget so far this year (much less a university budget), this is a nervous time for my coworkers and I. My official title is "Systems Engineer" which (to me) is so broad of a title that dozens of different positions actually fall under this category. Let me list some of my actual responsibilities and ask you for a more accurate job title. [more inside]
posted by Barmecide on Sep 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Hire Me

What blogs / sites make you say "I want to hire this guy!". What is it about those sites that makes you say this? If and when my next employment search comes up, I would like to have a web presence that gives prospective employers a window into my work, thoughts, outlook, etc. I am looking for blogs that do a great job at selling the author to potential employers. I am interested in content but also the sites presentation and functionality. I am more interested in business related blogs rather than designer / portfolio types sites, but will take all comers. Blogs that incorporate photos of the author would be a bonus. Help me find examples of great personal salesmanship on the web.
posted by jasondigitized on Apr 9, 2010 - 13 answers

Applying to companies with no openings?

What is the protocol for applying to companies that don't have any job openings listed? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Mar 24, 2010 - 9 answers

"You can't fire me, I quit!"

I think I might get fired soon. Should I quit so that I don't have that black mark on my resume? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2010 - 23 answers

Does the fact that you've been acknowledged in a paper belong on a resume?

Is it better to leave off a resume that you've been acknowledged in a published paper? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2010 - 18 answers

Lateral move to a different company where I hope to stay for a long long time?

CareerFilter: Do I jump ship now or wait it out while finishing my (2nd) degree? I have never seen myself on a career path and could never envision one for myself. Now I do. Should I run with it? [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Oct 5, 2009 - 10 answers

LaTeX + pdf = employment fail?

LaTeX + pdf = employment fail? I am looking for a job and have been using LaTeX to generate my resume and cover-letter. At a recent job interview I was told that they weren't able to print my resume. It looked fine on their computer but when they printed it, it was as if most of the document had been whited-out: a couple of phrases appeared approximately where they should but, most of it was just missing. [more inside]
posted by geos on Aug 18, 2009 - 23 answers

Can I leave out a qualification I'm not proud of?

Would a potential employer feel that I had violated the honesty requirements of my CV or résumé by leaving a qualification out? [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest on Jun 23, 2009 - 16 answers

No comment.

Resume-filter: I'm a PR consultant, and for the last few years my job has primarily consisted of writing statements, press releases, blog posts etc. for my clients that invariably go out under someone else's name. Now I'm writing a cover letter - can I say that my work was "forward-facing"? [more inside]
posted by downing street memo on Jun 10, 2009 - 4 answers

PDF/HTML resumes?

How OK are PDF resumes in the tech sector? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 29, 2009 - 30 answers

Exit, stage...center?

What are the next steps for a Theater major going into her Senior year of College? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Apr 30, 2009 - 18 answers

Is it okay to give the name of a hiring manager as a reference, too?

Someone who is one of my best professional references wants to hire me! But now how do I offer good references to his large, corporate HR department? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2009 - 5 answers

Creative Job-Hunts

What are some unusual ways people have employed to get employed? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 20, 2008 - 13 answers

Well...now what am I supposed to do?

How to return to the job market after almost a decade as a business owner? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Nov 7, 2008 - 18 answers

How to list a company acquisition on a resume.

How do I list a company acquisition on my resume? [more inside]
posted by swift on Oct 7, 2008 - 13 answers

Looking for a way automate making custom resumes

Where can I find a service / program that would enable me to dynamically create resumes and cover letters? [more inside]
posted by Pontifex on Sep 15, 2008 - 8 answers

When do I start applying for jobs?

I'm moving to Chicago in the fall. I have no job prospects at the moment, but I'd like to before I get there. Ideally I would like to work for a non-profit theater in some capacity to build up my applicable skills for later on, but ultimately I'd be fine working for any kind of non-profit. I've found a few websites with job listings, and I know I should probably start sending out my resume to places I'd like to work that don't have current postings, but I'm not quite clear on the timing. It seems awkward to say, "Hello, I'd like this job... in 4 months." But I don't want to arrive with a lease, a rapidly diminishing bank account and nothing else. Advice? If nothing comes through, I will become a barista. Again. But I'd rather not.
posted by ictow on May 2, 2008 - 5 answers

How to push a resume through Yahoo HR?

How to push a resume through Yahoo HR? [more inside]
posted by bitsorama on Apr 14, 2008 - 11 answers

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