OK, so the past couple of weeks, I’ve sent a few applications out for jobs. But I got a wake-up call earlier this week when I went and had my resume critiqued.
You can read all about that in an entry I had a few days ago.
The past couple of days I had jotted some notes and ideas on what I could do to make it better. One thing was told was that this was a marketing tool. I am trying to market myself.
I’ve written about people my whole professional life. Whether I’m working in public relations or journalism, it’s been a part of my job. Sell an organization, person or product.
I learned differently with this experience. I spent probably — on and off — six hours today writing this thing. I did a simple, but much better design than I had on my last one. I’d like to be able to use a design program and make it slightly flashier, though I do like simple resumes. If it’s too fancy, I think you lose room to put certain things out there.
I ended up making it one page. By doing that, I had to cut several things out of the resume, including some experiences (which is fine), my freelance experiences (again, not a bad thing as I’m not really looking in the newspaper field as much anymore), and my awards. Those, I was skeptical about. I figure it’s a good thing to have those. The person who has helped me with my resume notes that I should have them on a separate page, kind of like having a references page. I’ll see how I feel about that as I move forward.
Anyway, the resume — for now — is done. I’m sure in the coming weeks, it will change a bit. I’m going to go to a resume/interviewing workshop next week, so hopefully I’ll get a few more tips to make my resume even stronger.
But, for now, I hope it has the right words and look to at least get me some extra glances at a few jobs I found online the past few days. I’ll be sending out the applications and such for those in the next few days.
Steps forward are happening. I just have to keep it up and keep positive.