(Closed) Resume help?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

As far as question #2 goes, you can either put it on the very bottom of your resume in its own line, in your “objective” sentence (if you have one – I personally think they are kind of cheesy and repetitive), or (best option, imo) put it in your cover letter.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

Question #1 depends on the type of job you’re looking for. Most fields have specialized job websites. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

For #1, it really depends on where you’re looking, in terms of geographic location, for the best sources.  In DC, there are several more local sites that are great.  It also depends on if you’re looking for private sector v. public sector.  I’d ask around your area and see where people have had luck. 

For #2, I second what septcabride says…put the salary requirement in your cover letter.  I usually put it opposite my signature block, just stating Salary Requirement:  $XXXX. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Question #1 depends on the type of work you are looking to get into. Monster/hotjobs/careerbuilder are good places, but if you are specializing in something you can often find sites that focus on a specific type of industry. Example: I am interested in non profits so I use idealist.org.

Question #2 put your yearly salary preference. I usually put a one-liner at the bottom of resume, although in the cover letter is a good idea too.

Questions #3 I have a degree so I’m not helpful there, but I think 3 yrs of experience will help you even though you don’t have a degree.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

When you say “office job,” do you mean secretary? Receptionist? Mailroom? Office manager? The good news is that a lot (not all) but a lot of these jobs don’t necessarily require a degree so much as they require common sense and a good personality. So a degree might make someone look good on paper, but experience, which you have, and personality go a long way. 

As to your third question, don’t waste your time bemoaning your deficits; think of all the things that you CAN bring to the job. You can’t control the fact that you don’t have a degree (right now, although you could presumably always go back and get one) and you can’t control the competition. All you can do is be the best YOU you can be. And sell it. You won’t get anywhere if you don’t try, so chin up and give it your best shot. 

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Question #1. Where do you suggest looking for jobs? I’m probably going to be using Monster and hotjobs. Any other ideas? 

Most people I know who have office jobs or are looking for office jobs currently use Craigslist.  I’m not sure exactly where you live, but if Craigslist is active in your area, I’d suggest checking that out, too.  

Question #2. While browsing I saw a lot of listings that said ‘Please submit resume with salary requirements’….where on the resume do I put this?? And how should I put it? Per hour? Per year? Per week? Also, how should I phrase it? I’m so confused.

Generally, it’s not good to put how much you’re willing to work for (because you may be lowballing yourself).  I always put something like “Salary commiserate with experience” “Salary negotiable. ” If you have to give a figure, make sure you do a lot of research so that you’re not going too high or too low. 

Question #3. I’ve been working at an office for almost 3 years, but I don’t have a degree, so I’ve been feeling pretty down on myself, and not very confident about the search. I’m looking for another office job or something simliar with room to grow, but I feel like I won’t even get glanced at because everyone (besides me) has a degree these days. Do you have a great job without a degree? How’d you get it?

My friend is currently looking for an office job and she is having the same problem.  She’s worked as a bookkeeper in the office for years (on the job training), but because of the economy she is competing with people with a master’s in accounting for the same $12 an hour job.  I think the key is to NOT get discouraged and if you get an interview to make sure that you really shine.  A good, upbeat personality will get you a long ways.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Yes, do a cover letter!  You can keep it short, but it really is a great place to 1) show off your writing skills (just make sure, no typos!) and 2) add in additional information that you couldn’t fit in your resume.

As for salary requirements, I wouldn’t put down a number.  As KendraJ said, you don’t want to lowball yourself.  Just be vague, like … “As I have worked in the ______ industry for over 5 years and am seeking a salary commensurate with my experience.”

Good luck!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I spent the last 6 months searching, applying for countless jobs, and shoring up my resume (and finally, got an offer last week!)

#1- Monster and hotjobs are good, and indeed.com is my favorite. Also check out sites such as glassdoor.com and even think about places you want to work at and check their sites. You may have to think outside the box- the market is so bad!

#2- I’m not sure where you heard about putting salary requirements on your resume, but this is a bad idea. Really bad idea. The trick is to make an employer WANT you, then have them make you an offer. This way you’re more likely to get a better offer, and if they lowball you they will want to make you a better offer. If you put something on your resume that’s way out of their league then you are out of the running before you even began, and if you put something that they perceive as being too low hey may also exclude you for this reason or pay you less than the other employees. As a rule, avoid salary discussions as much as possible- tell them you are open to any offer and try to have them throw out the first number. 

#3- I think that if you can sell yourself on your other excellent attributes, then a degree isn’t necessary. Write some really killer bullet points about how great you were at your last job(s) and sell them hard on how organized and good at your job you are.

I also really have to recommend the book Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunter 2.0. I picked this up a couple weeks into my job hunt and they have some fantastic ideas for ways to make AWESOME resume bullet points and how to make your hunt easier and more effective.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yep, you need a cover letter.  It’s a great way to give detail about your experience, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, show that you know something about the company and position (because, yes, as much as it sucks, you have to write a new CL for every application).

Just google “cover letter” and you will find some great examples.  Generally, you want to follow a three paragraph model:

  1. Short paragraph – introduce yourself and state what you are applying for and briefly state why you are an exceptional candidate.  (This is sort of akin to the objective statement that some people include at the top of resumes.)
  2. Longer paragraph – give details about your experience and how it applies to the job you are applying for.  Restate why you’d be great – what skills you bring to the job.
  3. Short paragraph – reiterate your intention, say that you look forward to hearing from them, sign off.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would agree with @Miss Burgundy: in that putting your salary can be a tricky business. BUT! If the job posting specifically asks for a number, you should put a range of salary (I heard a rule of thumb saying that the range can be up to a $10,000 range).

And I would say that you should not put high school employment on your resume, unless it is really relevant. You can include skills you might have from hobbies or volunteering as well. I recently graduated college, so I did not have a lot of real world experience, and it was suggested to be to include a “skills” section near the top of my resume. So for your search you might want to put things like proficent managing phone systems, Microsoft Office knowledge, experience managing executive schedules… (whatever your skills are for these jobs) under the skills section.

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