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  posted on 12/20/2013 at 12:26 AM
I apologize for even asking this group, but it's an Anything Goes Forum. As far as my ABB cred goes, I've seen the Brothers, the Mule, Gregg, Dickey and related shows well over 100 times, plus another 100 + Dead shows, and yes, I agree that Phil & Friends is the closest incarnation to the GOGD than other combo's. I check this site regularly but don't post much.

But, I'm writing because I wanted to know if there are any good people in this community who are really good writers and can assist me with improving my resume and better yet, helping me create a few different versions of it to suit certain positions. I'm looking for a really good editor/writer and better yet, someone on this board who is an experienced recruiter.

In return, what can I offer? I have a really extensive music collection, all digitized and lots of great stuff from all genres. As gifts, I often give my friends mixes that they appreciate. I can also offer $$ but this has been a tough year for me as I had to spend my savings on recovering from catastrophic damage from super storm Sandy, and some unplanned health emergencies and I'm in need of a new job. That said, I have some $$ set aside for some expert resume improvement advice.

I know this sounds bad, but when you're bumming out about job and funds availability issues, you get sensitive to an abundance of cliches.

So, I just wanted to tee up a question and if there are any good resume editors/writers in this group and or any good recruiters in the Metro NY area who are on this board, well I'd really appreciate some assistance.

I apologize profusely if I've upset anyone by posting my request for potential assistance on this forum. As I'm typing it, I'm listening to Gregg singing All My Friends....

Thanks!

Peter

 

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  posted on 12/20/2013 at 01:38 PM
Good luck I dont have a reco for a resume writter but I offer some pointers

it should not be hard to find websites where professionals post up resumes. I would look them over and see which ones stand out.

Employers like to see accomplishments listed on a resume rather than just work responsibilities.

Beef up your on-line presence such as a linked-in profile.

Include a recent photo of yourself.

have a plan on what you are doing while out of work to keep your skills current- continuing education, or pursue a certification that you have been putting off because you were too busy.

 

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  posted on 12/20/2013 at 02:06 PM
excellent advice fromOriginalGoober,

Not sure what kind of job you are pursuing but linked in is a great site and all true about accomplishments and how they can be spun to fit the position you are pursuing.

Good luck, i think more companies are beginning to hire so might be a good time as well.

 

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  posted on 12/21/2013 at 10:23 AM
I was never the recruiter, but always the last (sometimes only) guy to interview the prospective employee. I can't tell you what makes a rewsume jump out of a pile, if I knew I'd be working now. LOL

If you want me to look at yours pm me.

[Edited on 12/21/2013 by njpaulc]

 

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  posted on 12/22/2013 at 05:16 PM
Biggest suggestion I can have is to make sure your grammar, punctuation and spelling are correct. I've seen so many resumes with misspellings and poor grammar. Those are the first I pitch from the pile.

Also, stay consistent with your format, don't change from section to section. I know it sounds easy to do but it's just easy if you don't do it.

Not sure what field you're looking for a position in but make sure you frequent forums and job sites that are relevant. If you're IT, then Dice would be a good one.

Good luck, and don't get discouraged!

 

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  posted on 12/23/2013 at 10:15 AM
Short over long, one page ideal, two at most. Nobody cares if you raise Shetland Ponies or build radio controlled airplanes, or even really that you feed the hungry in your spare time. Highlight skill and problem solving talents rather than job lists and responsibility titles. List a couple things of magnitude you did well. To the point, people are in a hurry when reading and you hit the dead pile with meandering blah blah stuff. Boom, boom, boom, hit points in every sentence. Don't elaborate much, that is for interview. And downplay ego. Big turn off is the "I can walk on water" vibe. Good luck, these come to mind.

Humor: read a rsume years ago where one of the applicants personal interests was "Colonization of the moon". We freakin' laughed all morning on that one

 

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  posted on 12/23/2013 at 10:47 PM
Some of the best advice I ever recieved, and it worked too, was to make a list of 10-20 companies that would find your skills, background, and expertise valuable (think competitors to any former employer, or similar companies). The more the merrier.

Once your resume is airtight, think of clever ways to figure out the name, email address, and phone number of the GM's of each company, not the HR person. Don't worry if they have a job opening or not. In fact, it's better if there isn't. Then in an email to the GM, attach your resume, but only write a few sentences to a paragraph in the body of an email, not a full cover letter, requesting a phone coversation or meeting as soon as possible because you can help them with any needs they might have.

A full cover letter can turn people off right away. It's an obvious job application, and nobody has time nor the interest to read a standard cover letter. An HR person will bury your resume. An HR person who recieves a forward from the GM will at least get your noticed and read. The GM might want to hear your ideas regardless of the HR person. Request a specific time for a phone coversation, not a meeting. A meeting is too much pressure, but getting a 5-minute phone conversation is very possible. A company that posts a job opening recieves hundreds of resumes, therefore you are a needle in a haystack. Approaching a company that has not posted a job makes you the only candidate.

Finding a job is sales. You are selling yourself and your services. Sales 101 is to make contact with a company and uncover their needs (called a "needs analysis"). Should you get a phone conversation with a GM, become the interviewer and ask him/her about the company's biggest challenges, and that you'd be more than happy to present solutions in a face-to-face meeting. Now you have an interview where you can discuss the possibility of having them create a position just for you.

Finally, keep doing what you did here. Network. The best way to get hired is through referrals. Ask all of your friends, everyone you know if they know of any openings and if they can help get you an interview. There's a stat somewhere that says most jobs are obtained from a referral.

I learned this from a recruiter and it worked for me in the past. Hope this helps. Good luck!

[Edited on 12/24/2013 by BoytonBrother]

 
 


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