WorkWise Q&A: Change, Linked Out

07/29/2009 8:44 AM

08/02/2009 4:15 PM


Q: Dear Dr. Culp, I've worked in the office of an insurance agent for seven years, but I've decided to remove myself from this industry. I no longer enjoy the work. I am having a hard time revising my resume so that it will appeal to other environments.

Can you advise of any changes that need to be made or offer any advice or solutions for my job search into a different field? Decisive

A: Dear Decisive, Create impact by being concise:

- Develop an objective cluing readers into type of work and results you'll achieve.

- Look at everything you did. Spark a result by asking yourself all of these questions about each one: "So what?" "What happened?" "Why did they keep paying me to do this?"

- Group the results in skill sections, such as Communication, Sales and Marketing, Recruitment/Hiring, Projects - whatever fits. Sleep on it.

- Remove roadblocks - all words about insurance, except in company names.

- Include your formal education, even if it's only a G.E.D. List only those skills that will make a case for you above entry-level.

Omit family, references or salary. Squeeze to a single page. Job hunt in an industry related to your old work. mlc


Q: Dear Dr. Culp, Being that I am laid off from my last engineering position and using LinkedIn for the first time if you could kindly view my LinkedIn page and see if it is clear. Resourceful

A: Dear Resourceful, Start over. Correct grammatical errors in your e-mail.

What a blizzard of paper - two pages of resume, crammed; a second resume of almost three pages; process equipment listings of six pages; a list of references allowing anyone, anywhere to bug the people and making it impossible for you to alert and coach them before a call.

Go back to the drawing board. Pique interest. Don't let it all hang out. Create an objective that focuses on what you can do for a company, not adjectives describing yourself. Group your excellent results into one bullet. At one company you have four of one kind! Don't put the number of years you worked in a job after the dates.

Pare, pare, pare. Take a crash course in job hunting so you don't throw yourself out of this competitive market. mlc

Dr. Mildred Culp welcomes your questions at Copyright 2009 Passage Media.

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