So, I need help with my résumé.


I rarely ever blog about or post on social media about work.  My work life is work, and my personal life is personal.  I’ve never felt the need to discuss, vent about, or provide detail about my job.  I’m going to go ahead and break with that for this post.

Unfortunately, the time has come where I need to update my resume.  About a year and a half ago, the company that I was working for was sold, shut down, & liquidated.  A core group of people decided to try to move on & start a company in the same industry, and I was invited to be a part of it.  I was honored to be asked to participate, and glad to be gainfully employed.  Sadly, things didn’t pan out as planned, and the company is also in the process of shutting down.  Basically, I’m no worse off than I was a year ago.

At that time, I had an updated resume, and went on my first job interview in a long time.  I was offered employment elsewhere.  It may have worked, but the pay wasn’t where it needed to be for me to comfortably continue to pay rent and put food on the table.  I went with the group I knew & salary I needed.  I have no regrets, I’m just illustrating that I don’t have much job interview experience, but it has mostly all been positive.

Basically, I’ve been at the same job for 10 or so years.  In 2002, I started at an a/v integration company as the shipping guy.  That company was purchased in 2005 and I was hired by the new company, which closed in 2011.  Then on to the newest one where I was doing all slight variations of the same thing.  I liked my work, it was a nice mix of desk/paperwork & physical warehouse work sometimes, it was always different & challenging.  I have learned many rules, processes, & things about the equipment over the years.  I was able to adapt to many changes, and survived them all (up until now).

I need help with my resume.  I think I first updated this format in 2005, when it looked like I may have needed to search for other employment.  (Luckily, I was able to work temporarily for the new company, proved my merit, and was hired full time.)  In 2012 this format may be stale.  I’m not big on titles.  I call myself a “shipping guy” but I do much more than that.  I have more skills than a simple shipping guy needs.  I hate phrases like “team player”.  I am, but it sounds goofy.  Who reads that & doesn’t roll their eyes?  I’m generally not boastful (other than in jest), but this is one time when you need to be.  There’s a lot riding on a resume.  It gets your foot in the door.

I’m confident in my writing (thanks to this blog), but thrown into a resume it looks braggadocios, fragmented, & boring.  I love bullet points, but breaking things down into them, I feel like I lose cohesion.

I need this to grab someone’s attention, highlight what I can do & what I can offer, and get me a job.

Eric AiXeLsyD with the Batmobile

I have a lot of skills in my utility belt.

What do I want to do?  I’m certainly qualified for shipping, warehousing, and inventory jobs… entry level or supervisory.  Sadly, entry level pay may no longer be acceptable.  I could certainly do something else though.  I’m a quick learner.  I’d love to get paid for this writing / blogging / insanity thing (I mean… show/album/food reviews, photos, humor, goofy letters? I can do a bunch of stuff there).  Unfortunately I don’t have a degree.  Can you get one in shipping?  Certainly 10 years experience in shipping I would have learned anything that I could in 2 or 4 years of school?  I do have some training in graphic design & commercial art, I have experience in drafting (by hand even… does anyone remember that?), some talents that have yet to get me paid like drawing mazes and photography, and I recently completed classes in Microsoft Project… so I could even fill a “Jr. Project Manager” type role where I can learn as I go.  I’m certainly adept with computers, know old school (& also useless) html coding, and can pick things up rather quickly with any kind of program.  I can promote things like my band, the blog, and Food Allergies like mad online.  I think I’d be a good PR person, I just lack formal training or experience.  Maybe it’s time for something different.

So, I need help with my resume.  What works, what doesn’t?  1 page?  2 pages?  If  so, how do I fit it all on one or to pages (I think it kicks into an atrocious 3 now)?  What do I need to express?  Do I need a cheesy cover letter?  Do letters of recommendation help?  References right on the resume, or “provided by request”?  3 Personal/3 professional?  3 total?  Cover letter?  No cover letter?  Cover paragraph?

I’m laying it all out here and asking for your help.  Take a look at this resume and tell me what you think?

Please help me with my resume!

Click to check it out at Google Docs

Please excuse the format, it needs a new look… something anyway, and Google Docs may have messed with it a bit.  Other than that though… I ask you to be honest, brutal, constructive, and hopefully helpful.

Also… know anyone that’s hiring?  Are you hiring?  Point me in the right direction here.  I’m confident in my in-person interviews, and with anyone that already knows me or has worked with me.

Thanks in advance for your help.  I need to start hitting up InDeed, PA Career Link, etc. with my resume.  I know I have a lot of friends, family & readers that can help me out here.  It would be crazy to not use all of the resources at my disposal, right?

11 responses to “So, I need help with my résumé.

  1. You seem very versatile and i get the feeling you put a lot of procedures into place. As much as you can, stress your innovations.

    You mention using Microsoft Project to track projects. What kind of projects?

    There is a ton to sell there. is there a way to add notes in google docs without messing up wht you have?

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    • Thanks Omiwarisan! Well, A/V integrations projects were what was to be tracked… but I took the class only a few weeks ago… and things started ramping down last week.

      I’m not sure w/ Google docs, the one I have up isn’t set for editing. Any comments would be welcomed here though!

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  2. Some impressions, sorry if it sounds terse, I’m rushing a little but wanted to give you some ideas…It reads more like a CV, I think you should have a shorter version depending on the situation – like limit yourself to three bullets per job or instead of bullet points write a small sentence or two incorporating the big points. If one job shows your leadership then highlight another skill on another job. I’m not sure what “drafting” and “graphic design” imply under training. They should be under “skills” if you mean them in a general sense without a specific license or course. Split your technical skills into categories. Use a bold font and head up, say, your industrial skills separate from your computer skills. That way people see in bold or italics that you have a skill set just by skimming. Your fork lift license should be under education and certifications. Write your interests/activities as a paragraph, that is where you can show a little personality, also, the fact that you don’t just play guitar but play in a band and keep appointments for concerts, etc. is big, don’t just hide that. It shows that you even take your hobbies seriously. There’s a lot you can cut, like you don’t need “typed letters…” on Tanto Construction, you show elsewhere that you have word processing skills and writing skills so it is redundant to include and drowns out other strong points. Almost every job I’ve gotten, even attorney ones, have been because I’ve been able to offer to make websites for future employers. Value added stuff right there, be prepared to work it in on an interview BUT don’t be negative about their current site because a relative could have made it (happened to me, ack!). Good luck!

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  3. Thanks for checking out my site. I Hope to see you again soon? Great write-up here BTW. All I can say is the job search is a rat race and you have to make your individual job hunt yours! Your way & what works for you (think outside the box, but still common sense applies). I will be writing a “Part 3” in my series about the actual job searching itself. Stay tuned.

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  4. Homa is definitely correct: It reads like a CV. Remember these points as well: There are times when a text formatted (NO bold, underlined, etc. ) is better, especially if you suspect that your document will be scanned by a machine looking for “key words.” Also: Keep in mind that each time your resume is sent you may have to tweak, or just plain edit/rewrite/reformat it.

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  5. Just a couple quick points in response to some of the questions presented here. I’m hardly an expert, but this is just based on things I’ve heard or read.

    Length — more than two pages is definitely too long. One page is ideal, usually, but don’t look at it like a commandment. If you have skills or experience that would be valuable to a company, you’re cheating yourself by leaving that information out in favor of a shorter length.

    Cover letter — don’t write one now. This would be tailored to a specific job you’re submitting your resume for. The resume is a general outline of what you have to offer, but the the cover letter is more individualized to that particular company and job. “Dear HR people at Acme Mfg Company, I saw your ad for a warehouse supervisor in the Tribune Review online. I am submitting my resume for your consideration. Your ad says you are looking for someone who is able to _______, and based on my experience with ________, I feel that I would be able to add a lot of value to your organization…” or whatever.

    References — don’t put them on the resume, and don’t say “available on request.” It’s pretty much assumed they’ll be available on request, and you’re just wasting resume real estate. Most companies use the resume to decide whether to interview you, then collect your references as that time (along with a formal job application, usually).

    Also — GOOD LUCK!!

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  6. As an equally multi-talented person, I have found that having a couple different versions of my resume highlighting different skill sets was best. That way I could keep them short and focused to the experience relevant to the job I was applying for.

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