Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Conflicting Reports Be Damned!




Here it is, everyone. I've either done something brave or really stupid. Tired of all the conflicting reports on what the correct things are to put on a resume, I finally said Fuck All! and made something that is, for me anyway, totally new. The old format, even though it was approved by a resume writing instructor at a local college, didn't get me anywhere. I believe this one is more interesting and yet still tells people all the basics. Also? I started applying for jobs with this resume today.

Well, what do you think?

12 comments:

roxy1364 said...

As someone who teaches resume writing, I love it ... then would ask what you want this resume to accomplish for you? There's a lot of leeway in resume design these days, and if you aren't applying for a strictly corporate job, this will catch an interviewer's eye!

Citygirl said...

Thanks, Roxy. My main goal is to get more work as a freelance writer and a part-time gig to make ends meet. Glad you think this will work!

Michelle said...

This is brilliant.. it would certainly stand out in a pile of resumes and it actually SHOWS how creative you are, rather than just saying it.

Citygirl said...

Thanks for your input, Michelle! That's exactly what I was going for; showing as opposed to telling.

Love to Write said...

I agree with everyone else. I think you have done a great job!

Citygirl said...

Thank you! I'm feeling more hopeful about this with each comment :)

SoMuchSugar said...

That is a PERFECT resume! I love love love it so much. You will definitely get noticed with this!!

Citygirl said...

Thank you! I'm praying you're right!

Kristen said...

i'm a dissenter... i don't think this resume will get you very far. it's missing some key things, such as organization and outcomes. employers are looking for what you accomplished and how it affected the bottom line.

things such as "traveled alone to 3 film festivals in 6 months" sounds like more of a personal achievement than anything to do with business.

"developed sweet scout..." great, but what's the traffic/revenue?

"built database of restaurant info" for what purpose? for whom?

"rescued homeless animals" very noble and a wonderful cause, but perhaps should go under an "interests" section.

overall, i think you need to rethink this. it seems really disorganized and unfocused. tho, i seem to be the only one who feels this way...

Citygirl said...

Kristen, thanks for your opinion. I don't really disagree with anything you've said. My reason for doing this was that I had a resume with no personal interests or accomplishments, oodles of traditional skills listed, and how what I did changed stuff...But it didn't get me anywhere.

I felt like I needed a shake-up, resume wise. Plus, if I don't get any hits with this resume, it's not really a big deal since I wasn't getting any hits anyway. That makes sense, right?

Marcia Clarke said...

I like this approach, it certainly caught my attention. For the industry you are in, it is perfect!

Citygirl said...

Thanks Marcia! As of last week I've gotten one interview from this resume. It's my first one in three years!

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