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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

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

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

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

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

Resume advice?

I'm applying for my first management level position. I have the requisite number of years experience in the relevant field. In addition to that though, I have recent experience co-managing a very large and complex family estate (that of my grandparents'). Help me reflect this in my job application. Smattering of snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on May 7, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I respond to resume rejection because of high salary expectations

I sent my resume for a job that I am very qualified for but just received a message that my expectations are above the scope. They did not provide a range, just a requirement to include expected salary in the cover letter. I stated my salary and said that it is negotiable. I have plenty of wiggle room, I am in a new market that is a bit lower than others I've been in (I did lower it from past compensation, but not enough apparently). What can I say to convey I still want to be considered & am willing to take up to $15k less without sounding desperate? I am worth every penny that I asked for, and that is not just my opinion. I am very very good at what I do but again, I realize it is a new, different market so I am ok with lower...
posted by Snackpants on Apr 22, 2013 - 8 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

What say the font of aussie mefi knowledge?

I have been asked to submit my CV/resume to an Australian based management consulting firm to potentially do some project based work with them. What is the acceptable length, format and font to use for a CV/resumes in this industry?
posted by MT on Mar 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me put these things I did into resume language

Pimp My Resume: Mommy Edition. How can/should I describe these volunteer things I've done at my kid's schools on my resume? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Feb 12, 2013 - 6 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

Resume help

Would like to hear your thoughts on my sciencey resume and cover letter! [more inside]
posted by waving on Jan 4, 2013 - 11 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

Use person vacating the post as a ref for my app for same?

I am applying for a job, and of course references are requested. One of my best potential references, who I have worked with fairly extensively, is also the person vacating the position I am applying for, and for all I know could be interviewing me. Is it weird to use him as a reference? [more inside]
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Oct 31, 2012 - 9 answers

Do I need to put my nationality on my CV?

I'm going to be on the hunt for tech jobs in London soon and I'm putting together my CV. I read here that people with foreign sounding names (me!) should put 'British Citizen' somewhere near the top. Is this actually still an issue? It feels awkward to stick it in there next to my contact details.
posted by jobby on Oct 21, 2012 - 8 answers

I am a scientist, I seek to understand CVs.

Does anyone know a good science/engineering resume editing service? Having trouble figuring out what to leave/chop. [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies on Sep 19, 2012 - 3 answers

I Already Talked To The HR Guy, Will He Think I'm A Doofus If I Re-Apply?

I applied for a job online at a really large company, got as far as a phone screen from someone from their HR department, but never got called for an interview. The job has just been reposted. Do I apply again? Do I call the HR person I spoke with back? Do I just let it go? [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Jun 6, 2012 - 7 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

What does one call oneself?

Dusting off the old resume and started thinking about eye-catching descriptors. Leaving aside the question of whether or not it's a good idea to include terms like "Turnaround Artist," "Thought Leader," etc on one's resume, what are some other business terms like this?
posted by bluejayway on Mar 12, 2012 - 7 answers

I just want people to know I'm employed...

I am starting a long term contract position and am unsure as to how to properly reflect this on my resume/LinkedIn profile - but want to be up-to-date since it's not a guarantee that the contract will go perm. How do I update my resume/profile in this circumstance? I'm new to the world of contracting. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Feb 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Wanted: Minions (Equal Opportunity Employer!)

Human Resources Voodoo: How does one land a supervisory position without ever having really supervised anyone? [more inside]
posted by jph on Jan 10, 2012 - 7 answers

I'm a dropout baby, so why don't you kill me?

I'm a graduate school dropout after a single semester. What is the best way to phrase this on my resume now that I am back on the job market? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Jan 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for an online video file from the 1990s

A long time ago, in an internet far, far away, there was a file….. Seriously, this has bugged me for a long time. Circa 1996, there was a video resume posted online that was ahead of its time. I want to find it. [more inside]
posted by lampshade on Nov 5, 2011 - 2 answers

Not a Vitae

Should a nurse with years of experience but no advanced degree keep her resume to one page or is it ever appropriate to spread out into two? [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo on Oct 23, 2011 - 11 answers

Online Job Application Hates Corporate Reality

Online application quandary - how do I accurately reflect multiple positions at one company with arbitrary parameters? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Oct 12, 2011 - 5 answers

Achieved a 100% Increase in Thumbs-up from the Creative Director!

How can I quantify achievement in a non-sales media job on my resume? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Oct 2, 2011 - 3 answers

How do you list "Meaning, Math, And Motion" on your resume?

How should list undergraduate classes with long/unusual names on a resume that I am using for applications to economics PhD programs? [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Aug 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Getting a job in spite of flaws

Have to get a job within a few months. Crippled by depression and an awful work history. What's the best way to attack this? [more inside]
posted by wanderingchord on Jul 10, 2011 - 23 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

Starving Medical Writer

Posting for a friend. Job-change-filter: currently I'm a Biology Research Associate working in a lab in a medium sized bio-tech company. This job has been fun while it lasted but I need to move on. Ideally I'd like to get into medical/science writing, but I have no experience in the field. [more inside]
posted by pyro979 on May 25, 2011 - 4 answers

What test scores should one list on a resume?

What test scores is it appropriate to list on a general resume for someone with a Master's and job experience? [more inside]
posted by saizai on Apr 15, 2011 - 38 answers

Resume Protocol After Quitting

Long story short: great job, great experience, great skillsets gained, have to quit after only 5 months of employment for medical reasons. I want to keep job info on my resume. Can I? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Mar 22, 2011 - 10 answers

AAAAACK! Could it be any worse?

LinkedInFilter: I just discovered that, instead of casually linking to a friend's counseling business, my LinkedIn Work Experience section lists my last four years as a therapy client...! [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Mar 10, 2011 - 6 answers

What are the best examples of stylized visual resumes?

I'm looking for the best examples of stylized visual resumes. [more inside]
posted by nathaole on Feb 23, 2011 - 3 answers

How can I sort out this confusing work/education history?

I've got a slightly confusing work history as a defense contractor, and a 4 year gap in my career when I went to school full time. I'm not sure how to best list this information on my resume. [more inside]
posted by skintension on Feb 22, 2011 - 6 answers

How can I get my money back?

Highly recommended resume writer accepted my payment--but never wrote my resume. Help! [more inside]
posted by Kalatraz on Jan 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Help Me Get My Barbie Dream Job

Can you give some advice on what to say in a "philosophy statement on museum education and exhibition" as part of a resume? The job for which I'm applying is a long shot for me, but I really do think I'd be a great fit for it, and I want a fighting chance to actually make it to the interview. [more inside]
posted by madred on Jan 23, 2011 - 6 answers

how do I land that radio internship?

Am I going about landing an internship in public radio the wrong way? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Jan 20, 2011 - 8 answers

I need to leave my job - What now?

Please help me leave my job and get a new one. The last straw was being forced to work Thanksgiving. I am so outta here. But I'm not actually sure how to look for a job. [more inside]
posted by Bottlecap on Nov 29, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me send out my resume today

Help me send out a resume out today. [more inside]
posted by marimeko on Nov 13, 2010 - 14 answers

Got fired. Would like to list it on my resume in the future.

Got fired. Can I list this relevant work experience on future resumes? [more inside]
posted by lover on Nov 7, 2010 - 10 answers

How to efficiently manage tailoring of resumes and cover letters?

I've found that the practice of tailoring resumes and cover letters (to various jobs in various industries) is a somewhat cumbersome process. I'm looking for ideas and/or software from those who have found an efficient workflow for doing so. [more inside]
posted by hungrysquirrels on Oct 28, 2010 - 11 answers

Old awards on a resume

Should I include an old award on a resume/grad school application? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Oct 21, 2010 - 12 answers

How to get unstuck?

Like many people in association management, I kind of fell into the position almost 10 years later. (I'm 35.) Fortunately/unfortunately, I'm still in the same position. How do I frame this as I job hunt? [more inside]
posted by meindee on Sep 28, 2010 - 7 answers

I'm gonna have to build a rougelike, aren't I?

Have you ever seen a creative sysadmin resume? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Sep 2, 2010 - 14 answers

Resume service?

My resume is a bit of a dud. Help! [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius on Jul 28, 2010 - 9 answers

Free, online learning opportunities

Where can I get free training and/or certifications? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 on May 18, 2010 - 8 answers

12 years experience putting off writing my resume

Can anyone recommend a resume writing service that will do a good job on an IT resume? [more inside]
posted by Maisie on Apr 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Which goes on my resume, the last day I worked, or the last day I was paid for?

I was laid off in December, but my last day was in November. Which do I put on my resume? [more inside]
posted by FlyingMonkey on Mar 15, 2010 - 5 answers

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