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Okay I just got a free resume "review" from this company online. Frankly, the email they sent back reads like a cut n paste response from a person who never actually read my resume. In any case the points brought up are some my friends who looked at my resume have mentioned as well.

Detail: I've had crap jobs since i got laid off. I mean lets be serious here a pile of crap is still that no matter how you dress it up. How much detail can I put into a gloried administrative position in which innovation is held by political structure of your employer or the inability for your peers to change. I want the hiring manager interested not asleep right?

Distinction: Again...I've had crap jobs all of which do not apply to IT what so ever. How do I make myself stand out when your role is forgetable? (right now that is)

Impact: This is the one that really gets me. How am I supposed to convey attitude and aptitude through a resume? How motivating can a resume be honestly? Both my friends and this company said I need to sound "more powerful". What does that mean? For example, I help coordinate the shipment of videos across the campus. Here is how I describe that role: "Coordinated transportation of the reserved Science library video University-wide". That is not powerful...thats boring. But that was my job. I don't see how I can get away from just listing my job duties when in effect thats all I was allowed to do.
 
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Originally posted by Matt Kidd:

Detail: I've had crap jobs since i got laid off. I mean lets be serious here a pile of crap is still that no matter how you dress it up. How much detail can I put into a gloried administrative position in which innovation is held by political structure of your employer or the inability for your peers to change. I want the hiring manager interested not asleep right?


Are you writing a CV or a resume? I thought a resume should be as concise as possible.


Distinction: Again...I've had crap jobs all of which do not apply to IT what so ever. How do I make myself stand out when your role is forgetable? (right now that is)

Impact: This is the one that really gets me. How am I supposed to convey attitude and aptitude through a resume? How motivating can a resume be honestly? Both my friends and this company said I need to sound "more powerful". What does that mean? For example, I help coordinate the shipment of videos across the campus. Here is how I describe that role: "Coordinated transportation of the reserved Science library video University-wide". That is not powerful...thats boring. But that was my job. I don't see how I can get away from just listing my job duties when in effect thats all I was allowed to do.



The 3 most important things in a resume are Accomplishments, Accomplishments and Accomplishments. It doesnt matter how you dress it up. If you somewhere above 3 years experience, your accomplishments will make you stand out from the rest of the crowd. Every resume has a laundry list of skills. What makes your resume stand out is a list of your achievements. You have to show what kind of problems you faced and how you solved them
 
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As I recall, you had a programming job for about a year before the bottom fell out of the market, right? I'd focus on skills and accomplishments from that job and from school.

Also, I'd recommend thinking of the resume as a big business card rather than as a first interview. Give extras to all your friends and ask them to pass it along if they come across any potential opportunities. Also ask them to let you know when they do so, so you can follow up.

For resumes submitted directly, always write a cover letter or email. For posting to job boards, consider including your test scores on the resume if they are good ... some readers will like it and some will hate it, but given how few of the readers will contact you anyway, the "like it" category more than makes up for the "hate it" category. I wouldn't put the scores on resumes given to friends, though.
 
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