i asked for clarity and boy, have i gotten it.
i had the best non-interview interview today. the woman i met with completely took apart my resume and explained to me why i am not getting call backs and why i have sucked so badly at interviews. she was so helpful and nice.
i take my creative side out when i am looking for a job. my resume stands out only because it is overwhelming and looks like it has been hit with confetti, from all the bullets.
she gave me homework to do, to re-write my resume. and this woman worked with the DOL for 14 years, helping to write and ghost-write resumes.
so, i pass this on to you all:
* only use 10 years of experience/job history
* don't hide the skills that would attract an employer to you at the bottom or listing in a job description. use a short bulleted list under your education
* use graphics to break up your resume and draw attention to the more important aspects. simple, clean lines, bolded text in some places, and movement-causing subtle bullets.
* Bold and oversize your name at the top, with your contact information smaller. when people sort through resumes, you want your name to be eye-catching, but not garish.
* do not use more than 10 bullets for each job that you put down. use descriptions in half sentences that contain action words, to create curiosity and movement.
* only put the things you are proud of doing on your resume/job descriptions, not a skill set based on the amount of time that you spent doing those tasks. (that comes half from me and half from the woman who helped me today)
* put the mm/yy start and end points of a position at the END of the line. otherwise, people try to calculate instead of read.
basically, because i used general descriptions, there was too much room for interpretation. and because i had over 30 bullets in one job, i was telling all about me. so the person would make up their minds before meeting me and putting me up against someone that they actually spoke with.
i figured out after leaving the interview that my resume is also a conversation stopper, not starter. there was so much general detail, it leaves people with nothing to talk to me about, even if i do get called for an interview. i had nothing to say, nothing to point out- hey i can do this, that i come across as aloof and non-engaging. the resume acts as a deterrent because it is too blunt.
so, now i have separate resumes, based on skill set, and i am about to make out a third.