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Judge Amy 
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Judge Amy
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04-06-13 12:44 PM - Post#4055137    

I am having a difficult time making my resume. I haven't had to do one in years, so I put one together based on the way things used to be and have been trying to tweak it to update it.
Unfortunately, I have 8 years of emptiness, and I am just feeling a bit overwhelmed with the thought of this.
I need a job in the worst way and have found two at a local business that are up my alley (there are two others that are in my degree field, but I've been unemployed too long and my skills are out of date), but I just can't get a handle on this.
This isn't normal for me. But I'm basically having writer's block on this plus I'm concerned that I won't do it right and will make myself look out of date. Then of course, there is the cover letter - I've never had to do one of these so, again, writer's block.

Just venting.

Unless someone has some ideas?

3 Little Ladies 
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04-06-13 12:47 PM - Post#4055141    
    In response to Judge Amy

No ideas. I wouldn't know where to begin either. Have you looked online for ideas? That's probably where I would start. I haven't worked in over 14 years, but have been considering a PT job. I didn't even think about having to write a resume.

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04-06-13 01:58 PM - Post#4055145    
    In response to 3 Little Ladies

Those 8 years weren't empty, I'll bet they were full of a LOT of things. I would absolutely write a section to cover that time period. Don't you sell CTMH? That's marketing, sales and business skills. Any volunteer work? There's not much difference between organizing a PTA or church event and a work one, so include what you did -- skills are skills!

Judge Amy 
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04-06-13 04:53 PM - Post#4055179    
    In response to WorkingMommy

I know I have skills, but how to put them in without sounding like fluff or empty is the issue.
I think if I could get the cover letter done, then the resume wouldn't be an issue.

Edited by Judge Amy on 04-06-13 08:56 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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04-07-13 03:57 PM - Post#4055273    
    In response to Judge Amy

I am no help. I dread doing these things and actually had my friend help me last time I did one. It is hard to sell yourself so maybe ask someone that knows you to help you. Sometimes it can jiggle your mind.

Megan - FT 
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04-08-13 06:00 AM - Post#4055337    
    In response to Nora

If you have a library....

http://www.amazon.com/Knock-Dead-Resumes-Ki ller-In...

Or a Kindle. Or a remaining bookstore.

I have a friend who I tried to help, and she found this book to be fabulous. It has different resume types, examples - she "covered" her gap by using a functional resume, rather than a chronological one. It has cover letter examples, too.

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