I moved from a fast food manager position into my first 'nearly' office setting. I moved into a warehouse returns coordinator. Still not office as in a stuffy little cube with high walls. I worked in a dusty, dirty warehouse way in the back, but I had a desk, computer and phone and plenty of work to keep me busy. I loved the job, but they decided to outsource. The company was a incentive company and people could order gifts. Anyway, I am getting off point. Having been an assistant manager in a fast food establishment, I didn't think I had office experience. I attempted to write my resume, but couldn't get it right. My dad knew of a service and told me to contact them. I did. I went in with my old resume and they gentleman helping started asking questions about what I did. He couldn't do much with cleaning grease traps and scrubbing floors, but he was able to punch up supervising people, writing reviews, inventory control, etc. Suddenly he made my two years as an assistant manager sound "officey". As you know I got the job. When we were notified of layoffs, I went back to the same man and he helped prime the pump on the resume a bit more especially since I had some "office" experience. I interviewed for an admin assistant in a money manager firm and stayed there for 15 years until I was laid off again. keep it consise, spell check and be ready to ask lots of questions. I asked more questions then they asked me.
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1,091 1/4/13 12:51 P
Thank you for your input. Resume writing and job hunting is so daunting that I've been stuck with my almost finished resume for a few months (probably unconsciously putting off the rejection cycle for a bit longer). It's also nice to hear from someone on the other side of the equation.
I presume that some of the tasks you do in your present job will also be useful in your desired career. Identify those tasks. Be specific in your mind (and on paper - take notes) about those tasks and the steps to accomplish them. Play up those talents you have developed when you write your resume. Mention in your cover letter how those skills will benefit your next employer.
As a hiring manager, I can't stress enough how important it is to make sure that your spelling and punctuation are correct. Run spell check. Have a couple friends look for mistakes that might not be caught, like using your and you're correctly. These things DO matter! I throw out resumes with these obvious mistakes in them. If you don't pay enough attention to detail to make sure that your resume is correct, why do I want to hire you to do a job that requires attention to detail?
Also, write a separate cover letter for each company to which you apply. This is important! Do some research about the company - it's an easy Internet search - and personalize your cover letter with how your skills will benefit their stated mission statement.
You can do this!
Edited by: CJMODISETTE at: 1/4/2013 (13:32)
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1,091 1/4/13 10:37 A
Has anyone had experience with a resume writing service? I am considering using one to help tweak my draft resume. I don't really need a full re-write, but need help making mine look better. The last time I updated my resume, I had a different name, a different address and a lot less work experience. I had a student resume. I am having trouble writing my resume because the job I have now is not really in the field I want to be in for my next job, so it is hard for me to write about my experiences in a way that will look enticing to prospective employers.
Any stories/ thoughts (good or bad) are welcome. Thanks!
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