Luckily, I have an old, dated copy of my resume so I didn't have to recreate it from the ground up. There's a tip for you. Always save a copy of your resume. You don't want to have to search for dates and addresses of your former employers. That's a daunting task.
|I can use all the career advice I can get. Photo from Click at Morguefile.|
A resume puts it all out there. I have some regrets in the career area and, lets just say, my resume shows it all. Most of my regrets involve gaps. This is the age-old problem of a woman who chose to be a stay-at-home mom for a number of years who knows it's time to go back to work outside of the home. You know what that equals on the resume? A black hole. You can't very well write the dates of your children's births on there, though that would explain a lot to prospective employers. It would look something like this:
Had Three Children (1999, 2004, 2008)
- All-natural child birth all 3 times (Painful!)
- Breastfed for probably too long
- Potty trained (and cleaned up a LOT!)
- Dealt with colic, sibling rivalry, and school issues
Thankfully, I've done a considerable amount of freelance writing in the last 5-6 years. Though it hasn't been full time by any means, it does at least look like I've done something besides change diapers, make dinner, and drive my kids to soccer games.
Resumes have changed since I last wrote one. It was the thing back in the day to put your "objective" on the top. I always hated that. You needed to change it for each job application. Every job was a bit different, so you needed to make each objective sound like it was your life-long passion to work there, based on the ad you read in the newspaper. On one resume, your objective was to work in a fast-paced office environment with lots of customer contact. On another, it was to fully utilize your MS Office skills while being able to juggle a full workload. Thankfully, that kind of fakery seems to be a thing of the past.
The 'just the facts and only the facts' style seems to be the current resume approach. I like it. I'm going with it. I figure any flowery words about my career aspirations and my amazing abilities at organizing and typing can best be spelled out in a cover letter. Can I just say, Thank God I was forced to take a typing class in high school. That was the single best class I ever took. I wouldn't be the person I am today without Mr. Cline and his typing class. Seriously. And, we learned on REAL typewriters, too. If we made a mistake, there was no copying and pasting our way out of it.
Are you savvy with resume writing? What tips do you have for me?