Post # 1
I have consistantly held a job since I was 16 years old. Up until this point my jobs very basic jobs, with the exception of my Veterinary Technician job. Anyway From 15-24 I have had 6 years. I’ve been at each job for at least a year but never more than two years. While I have a high school diploma, I do not have a college degree and have amassed roughly 30 college credit hours. I am currently applying for a job within our local school district. It’s a dream job. It will help get my foot in the door, it provides great benefits and hours, and I have some tuition assistance options. I CAN do this job and I want it so badly.
I have a resume and it’s decent enough for part-time college job but I am trying to make a resume that stands out. I want something that displays I am a hard-working, driving, intelligent, upbeat, and responsible person.
But I am so frustrated right now. There is so much conflicting information on resumes. Some say no more than 1 page if you are in your 20’s or no more than 2 depending on the amount of education and extensive work experience you have. My six (current and previous) jobs and skill sets take up one page on its own. My education section looks pitiful (a whole list of high school nonsense and a couple of pitiful blurbs about colleges I’ve attended)
Should I take some of my earlier jobs off of my resume? My earliest job was in 2005 and I simply worked at a clothing store. My next job was a step up. I worked as a receptionist for a car dealership. Both of these jobs afforded me some skills(I developed a lot of patience working in retail and honed my computer skills as a receptionist)
What kind of things should I be listing as qualifications? It’s for an ECE instructional assistant. I’ve never worked with ECE kids in a one-on-one setting but I have some experience as a peer tutor in high school.
I just *know* I can seal the deal if I can actually get in for an interview but I feel like I struggle when it comes to resumes.
Post # 3
I would cut it down to thebest information that apply to the eye position. Would computer skills qualify? Perhaps. Retail? It’s a bit of a stretch. Also, many cities have career centre’s where you can have professionals help you to make a great resume. Seenif you can track down someone there to help. In Canada, these services are offered free by the government, though many don’t know it exists.
Post # 4
I really want to help, but I am rubbish at this sort of thing so keep that in mind. Unless it’s a very formal/conservative job don’t worry too much about what the “conventions” are. If you’re education looks pitiful, focus on something else. Mine’s been two sides since I was 21. I am in a creative field so mine is green (yup, the text is dark green), it’s also in columns rather than paragraphs. I didn’t list my skills next to my jobs but separately in a “Skills” section. I also focussed on my profile, my Dad employs a lot of people and your profile says a lot, and use examples (if you’re responsible, give an example of when you had to take responsibility). Mine also has my photo and a QR code, you can nix the photo (I wanted to show off some crazy creativity and personality is everything n my field) but SO has also used a QR code (free from internet) both are v-card so when it’s scanned my contact details can be added to a persons phone. Might be useless but makes it stand out. Even a cute heading can make all the difference (I’m not talking WordArt). Um, hope that offers some help.
Post # 5
Should I include a cover letter? I’ve never had a job that has really required a resume but, especially for my Vet Tech jobs, I have always provided one so it was known I had the skills and experience needed to do the job well. While I did provide a resume I have never provided a cover letter.
Post # 6
@SweetHoneyBee: Definitely provide a cover letter personalized to this job. That is a great place to talk about the skills from your non-related experiences that will apply to this new job that you want.
I would keep your resume to 1 page for sure. You don’t have to list full information about old jobs the don’t really apply to this one. List the job and the timeframe so they can see you don’t have gaps in your employment, but if it isn’t really applicable, you don’t have to put much info about it.
Post # 7
Okay so I have my cover letter and resume typed out. If I add everything to it I end up with 3 pages…just for the resume. So I went it and cut out my jobs from 05-09(two jobs I held from 16 years of ages to 19) and took out the duties I performed. I also took out some of the extra activities I was involved in(community and school wise) and focused more on my qualifications for the job. I also left it in Times New Roman but put the font at 10. Doing all of this gives me one page…but it’s definitely at the two page breaking point.
Post # 8
@SweetHoneyBee: Mine is at the page breaking point too. I think that is fine so long as it stays on the single page.
I use size 11 font and thinner margins too.
Post # 9
There are different formats you can use. Check out the 2nd and 3rd examples on this webpage. I think they’ll be very helpful to you. They really focus on experience rather than education and they’re formatted to outline your experience succinctly.