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What if I don't want to be a lifer?

How do I find a new job when I've only worked one place for the decade-plus since finishing college? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2014 - 10 answers

Work situation - am I worrying too much?

I have asked my husband and sister, who are both professionals and say I'm worrying too much. There are three companies involved in this scenario: the first company I worked at for only 6 months, then had another short-term job involved after that. I took the 6-month job off my resume for a while because I didn't want to look like a job-hopper. Anyway, I interviewed at a company 6 weeks ago that saw my resume without the 6-month job on it; they ended up rejecting me for unrelated reasons. I put the 6-month job back on my resume, and then got hired at a new company last week. So it turns out this new company will be working with the company that rejected me (they are both gov't contractors that work on the same contract)...so I may be working directly with the phone interviewers that rejected me (I hope not though). I am probably being paranoid in thinking that they'll ever figure out I put the 6-month job on the resume for one company but left it off for the other, right? *I was completely truthful with the company that ultimately hired me; all jobs were on that resume and verified in a background check. People have advised me that if I'm ever confronted about it, to just say that I accidentally sent an old, outdated resume to the other company. Hope this makes sense, sorry for the confusion...
posted by Maggsie97 on Apr 16, 2014 - 13 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

How can I go about job-seeking effectively?

I am a 25-year-old woman and a recent college graduate (just earned my Master’s in English in December). I’m looking for higher education administrative jobs in the area: basically, to be an admissions counselor, financial aid counselor, academic advisor, and the like. There are a few concerns on my mind about the process. [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Feb 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Temping in Toronto

Tell me about temp agencies in Toronto. What are the best ones, how do they work, and how can I tailor my pretty specific skills to a more general employment audience? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Feb 11, 2014 - 3 answers

The grass is always greener, but how to get over the fence to see?

A little over a year into a post-PhD, non-academic research job, I am starting to look for greener pastures. There's a company that I've had my eye on who has one a "submit your resume" link but is not actively advertising any positions. How can I best approach them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Help me navigate the modern job search

I'm actively looking for a job for the first time in awhile, and whenever I sit down to write a cover letter and update my resume it's like my job application skills stopped developing in 1985 (nevermind that I wasn't old enough to apply for jobs then). I know that customs and expectations for resumes and cover letters have changed, not least because so much is done via email rather than hard copy, but I don't know how to adapt the stale job-seeking skills I learned from people who learned them 25 years ago to the modern job search. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Mar 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Give this technically-not-a-librarian a job title!

I was hired nearly two years ago at a University Library when starting my MLS program but I was never given a job title. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 19, 2013 - 20 answers

[Job Search Filter]: How much experience is too much?

When putting down professional experience on a resume, how much is too much? [more inside]
posted by TrishaLynn on Dec 31, 2012 - 10 answers

How can I improve my resume?

How can I improve my resume? [more inside]
posted by inTikiwetrust on Nov 29, 2012 - 3 answers

I want to work *less hard* for the money

Help me sell out! How can I manipulate a resume full of customer service and food jobs to land me an entry level office job? [more inside]
posted by jaksemas on Nov 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Avoiding Being Perceived as a Job-Hopper

Recently accepted job offer X because it gets my foot in the door in a city I love. Just discovered job posting Y in the same city for a much better job. Best way to explain myself to company Y in cover letter/resume/interview? [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Nov 5, 2012 - 11 answers

They will know what you look like now

In the US it's frowned-upon to attach a picture to your resume for a non-performance position. The reasoning is that companies would rather not know what you look like so they can't be accused of discrimination. How does this work when applying via LinkedIn? Does your picture get transmitted automatically or do they have to make a choice to view it?
posted by bleep on Oct 11, 2012 - 3 answers

How to be considered for multiple, unrelated jobs at the same company?

I am looking for advice on applying for multiple jobs at the same company. [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow on Aug 30, 2012 - 3 answers

What do cover letters and CVs look like in Quebec?

What do cover letters and CVs look like in Quebec? [more inside]
posted by vecchio on Jul 11, 2012 - 4 answers

Cover letters for bulk applying online? Yes or no?

When applying for jobs online and you're asked to cut and paste a resume and answer a few questions, should you add a cover letter to the beginning? [more inside]
posted by cyniczny on Feb 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Word 2004 to Word 2011

Switching from Word for Mac 2004 to Word for Mac 2011. Formatting and compatibility issues. Really truly clueless. Help? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 18, 2012 - 12 answers

Publically posting profiles potentially perilous?

I'm considering making a transition from academia to industry in a technical, non-medical field. Do I need to be wary of posting my resume online? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Eigenvariable on Oct 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Can I send them my better resume?

Applied to a job I'm very interested in accidentally using a resume that is not my most recently updated, in my opinion, much better edition. How creepily weird would it be to send my updated resume for this same position considering I haven't heard anything back yet beyond the "We've received your resume and are reviewing your qualifications" generic email (I applied on Monday)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2011 - 9 answers

Have Job, Will Hire.

I'm a small business owner looking for a resume search option like monster.com or careerbuilder.com that isn't so expensive and limited. [more inside]
posted by Tavern on Aug 16, 2011 - 3 answers

Editing a resume when WYSIWYG doesn't work

I can't see my computer screen, and I want to be able to edit my resume. What Windows-based software would let me control the layout of text on a page without having to look at it? [more inside]
posted by Net Prophet on Jun 28, 2011 - 12 answers

Does my age intimidate you? Or is it just irrelevant?

Unorthodox Resume Filter: I'm applying for a project management job. I'm creating a new resume. I have all the right experience, but my professional history is project-based and episodic. To balance out my skill set I have to go back in time. How far back should I go? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue on Jun 6, 2011 - 2 answers

"Objective" on résumé -- really?

"Objective" section on résumé -- necessary? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Mar 9, 2011 - 34 answers

Can my employer doctor my resume?

WorkplaceEthicsFilter: Can my employers doctor my resume for a client presentation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2011 - 15 answers

If they won't hire me than I guess it wasn't a good place to work anyway

Should I use my union executive experience on my resume? [more inside]
posted by saucysault on Jan 5, 2011 - 10 answers

Unemployment Island

Job Search Paranoia Filter: What does silence mean in the job search process? [more inside]
posted by TwelveTwo on Dec 18, 2010 - 19 answers

Center or Centre?

UK spelling question: I'm applying for a job. Which format should I use on my CV and cover letter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2010 - 15 answers

what could go wrong?

WebsiteIdeaFilter: snarky site poking fun at (real) poorly written resumes, good idea? bad idea? legal idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2010 - 34 answers

How do I verify if a someone actually graduated with distinction?

How do I find out if someone actually graduated with distinction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2010 - 35 answers

I'm sure I qualify; now let me apply!

Job hunting for unspecified jobs! Help a new grad. [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Jul 7, 2010 - 3 answers

Academic CVs: Is there a database-driven solution for quickly generating different lengths & formats?

Academic CVs: Is there a database-driven solution for quickly generating different lengths & formats? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Feb 5, 2010 - 5 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

Structuring a confusing resume

Another resume question. For the past 4 years I've been going back and forth between freelance grip work and a self-started videography business. Where do I place these on my resume? [more inside]
posted by MPnonot3 on Nov 13, 2009 - 5 answers

Where should I volunteer?

Breaking out of my funk filter: I'd like to do some volunteer work on a regular but limited basis (say, a couple hours a week). I feel that writing is one of my skills, and in the past I've helped friends write really great resumes and cover letters, so I think this might be a good thing for me to focus on. I suppose helping with writing college essays might also work. I have an idea that I'd like to work with veterans specifically, although I'm open to different ideas. And I live in the SF Bay Area. So can you suggest organizations that I might work with - either in my ideal scenario of helping vets with resumes - or doing something else that would utilize my skills?
posted by serazin on Nov 11, 2009 - 8 answers

How to outline/detail a dual role I'm playing, on my resume?

How do I clearly list the 2 jobs I'm concurrently doing for the same program on my resume? I am "Acting Director" right now in addition to "Program Manager" and I don't quite know how to make this work on my resume. [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Oct 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Books on cover letters geared to new college grads?

Books on cover letters and resumes geared to new college graduates? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Sep 10, 2009 - 3 answers

Paper or Proceeding?

Academic Resumefilter: The proceedings of a conference I presented a paper to were published in a special issue of a journal (and the papers under went an additional refereeing process). Should I include these under "journal articles" or must these be listed as "conference proceedings"?
posted by pseudonick on Jun 27, 2009 - 14 answers

"I liked your smooth, textured surface."

ResumeFilter: Preparing my resume to be sent out and wondering about addressing the envelope by hand or printing it off. Also, is it worth it to get some official resume paper? [more inside]
posted by silkygreenbelly on Aug 28, 2008 - 9 answers

Resume distribution for the technologically unsophisticated

I'm going to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Legislative Conference next month and want to know the latest, greatest (and cheapest) gadgets available for handing out my resume. [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown on Aug 20, 2008 - 3 answers

Following up on resumes

I need to find a decent replacement for my job when I go off to grad school. How do I follow up on these resumes I've been sent? [more inside]
posted by Brainy on Mar 31, 2008 - 4 answers

personal information on a cv: yes or no?

Should I include personal information on my cv? [more inside]
posted by arcadia on Feb 14, 2008 - 23 answers

side business + 9to5 for the man = difficult resume situation

I am looking for a new job and would like to make a slight career change. Right now, I have a full time job and a side business. While I am qualified for my "ideal job," in order to demonstrate this on paper, I will have to emphasize my side business. How do I list both my side business and full time job on my resume without giving off the impression that I am a distracted or disloyal employee. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2007 - 4 answers

My friend says on his resume that he has MY JOB!

Ethics and friendship: I lost touch with a fairly close friend about six or seven years ago; he'd gotten married, had a kid, moved, etc. We recently reconnected and have been hanging out. My girlfriend likes his wife, I like his kids, so all this is good. BUT...also about ten years ago, he and I happened to be competing for a pretty prestigious job at a major corporation - one people have heard of. I got the job, he didn't. There didn't seem to be any hard feelings; I gave him some (lucrative) freelance work, maybe a little out of guilt, but mostly because he was really good. He did great work, and continued to do so on freelance projects until I left the job a couple of years later... [more inside]
posted by soulbarn on Oct 25, 2006 - 34 answers

Entering the workforce after 10 years of self-employment...

ApplyingForAJobFilter: I am applying for a job for the first time in a decade (I currently work for myself) and am a bit confused. Some specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Jul 24, 2006 - 11 answers

How to write a cover letter?

When applying for a job, how do I write a cover letter that doesn't sound contrived, and phony? The guides I've found don't seem all that helpful, especially considering most of the positions I'm applying for are entry level. General tips for writing a cover letter?
posted by mhaw on Jan 13, 2006 - 12 answers

371st jobsearch question on AskMetafilter this month!

When companies or organizations say they accept resumes via email or regular mail, does it make a difference which one you use? [more inside]
posted by dilettante on Nov 19, 2005 - 14 answers

Salary Requirements in Cover Letters

Sending in a resume today and they are asking for salary requirements. How do I word salary requirements in the cover letter? Is there any standard language used or convention to follow?
posted by ao4047 on Jun 22, 2005 - 17 answers

Wondering if I should pay a professional to make sure my resume gets read.

Aside from this AskMe thread looking for a particular resume service, I can't find anything about resume-writing services in general.

Has anyone used one, especially in the sciences, where there are lots of industry jobs and lots of resumes flying around? I'm wondering if I should pay a professional to make sure my resume has a good chance of ever getting read by a human. Also, if you have any biotech/pharma-specific resume tips, feel free to chime in...
posted by rxrfrx on Feb 11, 2005 - 6 answers

ASP or ColdFusion job posting tools

Does anyone have a recommendation for a job posting/administration application that uses either ASP or ColdFusion? I'm looking to implement something that will allow users to search jobs and submit their resume and will allow the HR department to post, edit, and delete jobs.
posted by strangeleftydoublethink on Nov 11, 2004 - 1 answer

Rreelance writing and resumes.

Inside, there's a lengthy question about freelance writing and resumes. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Jun 22, 2004 - 5 answers

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