How to convince them you have skills Wednesday, Apr 7 2010 

The below article is useful for recent grads.  It lists universal job skills and what in your college experience you may be able to highlight as demonstrating these skills.  I suggest taking a look at it as you may be able to have a quick answer ready if asked how you can show you have the skills needed for the job you are seeking.

UNIVERSAL JOB SKILLS: SKILLS TO HIGHLIGHT IN YOUR RESUME/ COVER LETTER/ JOB INTERVIEW

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S p a c e f i l l e r s for your first resume Wednesday, Apr 7 2010 

My first resume was awful. I’m lucky to have ever gotten a job. Luckily, the market was in my favor so it didn’t matter all that much.   But now, with a tough market, your resume needs to look sharp.  The problem most graduates have is that they do not have a lot of work experience so are trying to fill the page.

Along those lines, the first suggestion I have would be to make a border on your resume (to do this, in word go to the “format”, then “border & shading”, then click on “page border” and select one. The example below is “shadow”).  It looks nice and it fills space without seemingly looking like it’s a space filler.  Adding an objective and/or skills may also be a good idea to fill space.  And finally, if you speak another language or have special computer skills that would be a relevant filler as well.  See the example linked below.

New Resume Sample With Borders

First things first…check yourself out Thursday, Apr 1 2010 

You’re fun. You’re hip. And you have 40 facebook pictures up that prove this…doing shots with NYPD’s finest at the bar…drinking green beer (after all everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s day ya know)…your sexiest pose for the camera…your friends having to carry you home. My point is – these might not scream “I’m professional and responsible, you should hire me!”

Assume whatever you have online your perspective employer may see. It’s not uncommon for employers to see what they can find out about you on the web.  At the very least, change your privacy settings on facebook or any other online social forum you may have so only your friends can see your page and pictures.

Also, it might not be a bad idea to google yourself and see what comes up.

And finally, use a generic email address for your resume – iheartwhiskey@hotmail.com may not send the right message, unless of course you are applying for employment at a distillery.

In the meantime, how to kill time…cheaply Monday, Mar 29 2010 

When I was unemployed the thing that killed me the most was that while I had plenty of time to do things, I couldn’t afford to. Whereas every other time in my life, I could afford to, but didn’t have the time.  Sitting on my couch all day only furthered my boredom and depressed me.  If only I liked soap operas or could have afforded dvr at the time maybe I would have fared better.  The problem was, every time I left the confides of my couch and ventured outside, I spent money.  It was a vicious cycle.  So I tried to come up with ways to keep me sane and keep me social during an otherwise depressing time, but that didn’t cost me a lot of money, if any.  For me, running and volunteering were my outlets that I found helpful.  I joined Boston Cares (bostoncares.org), but I think most cities have versions of the same (I know New York does at least – newyorkcares.org). It allowed me to be able to sign up for projects online by the time and day without a continuing commitment to at least make me feel like my day had some purpose, which really helped.  Anyway, the point is – if anyone else has some suggestions or cheap restaurants, free outings, or any other stress relieving ideas – please let us know!

Hello! Need help with your resume? Please ask! Sunday, Mar 28 2010 

Welcome to my resume blog and thanks for coming!  This is my final project for a class on social networks and communications technologies and part of my grade is based on people interacting on this blog so please don’t be shy to join in!  My idea is to create a forum for people seeking help with finding a job, looking for help with their resume and sharing ideas with others related to same.  So, if you have a resume you want someone to look at and offer some advice or if you have advice to share – please do!

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