This week, I really dived into the job hunt.
I have several that I am applying for and am in the midst of re-working my resume and working on some cover letters.
So I come to you, the blog public, to ask some thoughts. How is your resume?
I have to admit that I am not that fond of my resume. It’s pretty basic and I wonder if it has been something that has hampered me in my job search in the past. I need to work on getting it all set to stand out a little bit.
At first, I had thought about hiring one of those professional resume writing services. I had thought it would be good. And, of course, the websites are beautiful and show some glowing testimonials. That can be said about any site, however.
So I’ve called around and ended up chatting with someone from the local Workforce place. I’m heading over there Monday to have them look at my resume and a couple of past cover letters in the hopes of being able to strengthen things.
I have a lot of things I want to apply for. I have determination. I have a drive. And, I don’t want to be unemployed for a long time. I am ready to take the next step in my career. I don’t want to look back. I don’t want to step backward. I want to move forward.
There’s no other direction for me to go.
If anyone has any resume or cover letter tips or ideas, feel free to post them here in the comments section. I’d love to hear about it.
Things I wonder —
- Is a career objective or summary really something to have on a resume? Seems silly to me.
- What comes first? Education? Experience? A list of skills and such? Is that needed?
- How many pages for the resume?
And what about the cover letter?
- How long? Three paragraphs? More?
- What to put in it?
- How to know it is “right?”
These are all things I’m working on and have been for the past several days. I, unfortunately, had some computer problems Thursday, so I was dealing with that and doing some of this other work on my laptop, but so be it. I’m hoping after my trip to the Workforce on Monday, I’ll have a better grasp of my resume and cover letter and be in a situation to push forward and send out many applications during the first part of the week.
I’m starting to get positive again. Things are looking up. Maybe I can dig myself out of the doldrums, realize that this is the next step in my life and get it going.