Resumes, and Alternatives!

February 1, 2010

When we’re faced with a job search–by our own dissatisfaction or by our employer’s decision to let us go–one of the first concerns is our resume.  Know that it’s a piece of the “How do I get a Job?” puzzle, but is often given more credit than it deserves.  To save yourself time and money, check out the book, What Color Is Your Parachute? 2010: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers. This comprehensive book, revised annually, is written by Richard Bolles.

In Parachute, see Chapter 5, Resumes and Contacts.  Here he talks about the limitations and values of a resume, and recommends cover letters and job-portfolios as alternatives.  There’s also a great section on how to jog your memory to come up with achievements (for resumes and interviews), and how to network with your contacts for help.  More soon about these topics.

For an easier, more effective job search campaign, I highly recommend, especially in light of today’s economy, a current edition of What Color Is Your Parachute? as a reference book throughout the process.  I trust and recommend all that Bolles writes; it’s well researched, clear, helpful.  Actually, the beginning of my career counseling work, even before I started working on my master’s degree, was reading this book (earlier edition!) years ago, and sharing what I was learning and using myself, with returning adult students looking for new careers.

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July 15, 2009

If you are liking what you find on this site, or if you have questions, please call me, at 520-321-0157, for a free consultation regarding career counseling.  I’d love to answer your questions and learn more about you and your career goals.   Are you looking for more career satisfaction?  Or a career change?  Would you like help writing a resume or  preparing for a job interview?   Are you looking for more job search strategies?  I’m glad to tell you about my approach for helping you achieve your career goals.

Usually the conversation is about 20 minutes.  Sometimes we can do the free consult right then, but we can also schedule a time to do this later.

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* Joy is the marker; it points the way.
* Trust your own guidance and intuition.
* Listen to that still small voice within yourself.
* Whatever you give your attention to increases; focus on the positive, on what you desire. “As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is.”

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"I just wanted to drop a quick email again to thank you again for your help with my resume. I have landed a very "juicy" job thanks to the great detail you applied to my resume. I really thought it was going to be extremely difficult getting back into bookkeeping after so many years of cost estimating, but with the help of the resume you created and my confidence I got a great job and higher pay! So again thanks for all your help!" ~ AF

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