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In Need of More Resume Tips? You Can Never Have Too Many!

I am so happy that the sun is out!

However, this morning I was greeted with the unpleasantness that is the wind tunnel of Summer street in South Boston. I was on my way to the Westin Hotel so I could volunteer at The Ad Club’s Mag Day. You should check out some of the Tweets from the event, I especially enjoyed learning about “Magazines: Two Years from Now.” Wired Magazine’s Chris Anderson talked about some very interesting future plans about the use of the new iPad and entering the new realm of reading magazines.

One other thing I was thrilled about was that I made a new networking connection! As we all helped out with laying out the magazines I chatted with a woman who asked me where I worked. I told her a brief synopsis of my situation and she suggested some companies to look into, one that I’ve already applied to.

This leads me to the following article: The 30 Second Resume.

I know that I need to work on perfecting my pitch but this article is a great start. Basically, the article says that you need to know what you want, don’t beat around the bush about places you’ve applied to where you’d like to be maybe, etc. Cut to the chase! You should mention a few qualities as to why you would be good in such a job. Ask them if they know anyone in a company you have applied to or if they know of a company who is hiring. And most importantly, stay in touch. I certainly plan on touching base with my new contact as soon as I finish writing this blog entry.

The second article talks about the length of a resume.

I had always heard one page was the most popular…I agree, but only if you are just out of school. For the time being I am going to stick to two pages (this also most definitely depends on what industry you are in). You may have more experience than that but I think that in this case you should have different versions of your resume. You may not want to highlight the same experiences for a retail job as you would for a branding job. I not only have about 4 templates for cover letters but also two resumes.

What did you do today?

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Comment by Linda Odineca on March 19, 2010 at 10:00am
Hi Katherine,
Thank you for the comment. I'll start off by saying that in my opinion the science and engineering industries are ones that expect a longer industry as most professionals write a blurb for each job they have held. As for the industries for two page resumes...I would have to say most jobs in the business world, such as marketing, finance, accounting. As I said, I am sure that you could fill up three pages especially if you did co-ops during your undergrad career but really think about what job you are applying for. Will this position require you to know about advertising and content management or product development. If it's the latter, then give some highlights about the advertising but focus on the job that involved product development.
I hope this helps and makes sense :)

Comment by Katherine Farrow on March 18, 2010 at 10:12am
Interesting thoughts on the resume length. What industries do you think are ideal for a two page resume?

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